I was able to do a quick comparison of the Sony X800M2 and the Panasonic UB820 in LLDV mode. I only had time to sample some scenes in Jurassic Park Fallen Kingdom, Braveheart and Kickass, all of which are DV encoded. I did not try forced LLDV from HDR10—that’s for another day. My Projector was in low lamp mode and I left the M2 in default TV mode. As Claw pointed out, the UB820 will ignore TV type in DV mode anyway so I left it in my usual projector mode. I also switched between a 1000 nit and a 4000 nit Curve but the 1000 nit curve looked best in all cases (thus far).
From what I see, in person, Braveheart and Fallen Kingdom looked surprisingly good, while Kickass looked cartoonish and somewhat oversaturated. Perhaps it’s the way it was filmed or graded but I just couldn’t get it to look right. One thing I was specifically looking for is the red tint that Dominic and Claw pointed out (at least with the A1 EDID). With regard to Fallen Kingdom and Braveheart, I could not discern any red tint. Skin tones looked natural. But if I had to pick only one of the EDIDs, I would pick the LGC8, which seemed to produce a subjectively more pleasing picture.
Where the LLDV stood out most was in highlights. To me, it was superior to watching the same scenes in HDR10. My conclusion is that this “hack” can look great with the right material. I am very impressed so far and I can’t wait to try it with Netflix, Disney and Apple.
After my brief testing, I have seen enough that I will be keeping the M2. I am not sure if the M2 is doing something different with the LLDV EDIDs, but to my eyes it edges out the UB820 in the way it handles highlights and it just subjectively looks better overall with LLDV. I will also be keeping the UB820 in my system for those discs that refuse to play nicely with LLDV (Kickass), and I can revert to good ole SDR BT2020 with optimizer on as needed.
That's it for now. Can't wait to try some more movies and some Netflix, Disney and Apple TV.
PS I am having difficulty attaching the pictures---they are being attached inverted. Anyone know how to get them right side up?
Last edited by atabea; 12-02-2019 at 11:12 PM.