Just got home from the little GTG with
I... have... no... words...
Wow, what a home theater experience! Thank you pennynike1 for having me and sharing your epic system!
We actually got a lot accomplished. We spent a little time just demoing some scenes for me to experience pennynike1's personal bass mode which was just out of this world, feeling the massive shockwave hit you when something big happened on screen.
After that we compared Oppo vs. JVC built-in vs. madVR tone-mapping. Once we got the madVR settings set right (i.e. getting it to tone-map to BT.2020) the results were just incredible when mapping to 100 nits on his giant screen. Both the Oppo and the JVC did respectable jobs tone-mapping, but each had some pretty big and annoying drawbacks. madVR seemed to have no drawbacks in regards to picture quality.
It looks like 2 people will soon be owners of new HTPCs
We did compare a couple shots between untouched UHD and compressed and the consensus seemed to be that yeah the quality is "pretty much" perfect. It's possible to spot that there are differences in the more grainy structures, but the differences are pretty minute and would not be something that would really interfere with the overall quality of the picture and viewing.
A purist may still want to keep uncompressed and I can certainly respect and understand that, just depends on how many movies you are going to have and how much HDD space you are willing to manage.
But man, what a fun night hanging out and just talking about home theater stuff. Looking forward to many more!