As usual, I don't find much time to peruse AVS, and when I do, well, I'm the guy that gets to play with 15-20 different HT projectors a year, so I bounce around a lot.
But, I have some good news. I see from catching up on the past few pages, that there are a lot of different settings out there, people are trying, and there's plenty of frustration, with HDR... and some satisfaction - with the 5040UB and 6040UB.
I am pleased to report (despite the obvious lack having 1000 NITS available), that yesterday, my calibrator - Eric (who replaced Mike about a year ago), after learning much about HDR lately, took another stab at calibrating the 5040UB hanging in my theater, specifically for 4K HDR BT.2020.
For the first time, I am most pleased with the results.
As always, we publish our calibration settings in our reviews, and as always we charge for the 2nd "advanced" page. (sorry about that, but that and banner clicks is what puts food on my table, and 4K UHD discs in my player.)
I'm slammed, but should have the new data in the calibration pages - early next week.
There are at least a decent number of folks on this thread that are subscribers on our site, so hopefully:
One or two of you, who are already subscribers, will try out these new settings. If they knock your socks off - as they did me - I mean a major improvement from previous attempts, let others know. Of course I request that no one post our settings (and there are a lot of them). BTW I also tried those custom gamma settings found on the previous pages - didn't work for me. Took most of the "HDR" out of the HDR, plus some other issues.
The 5040UB, btw came out with far less dimness than previously, which I've been complaining about on most of the HDR projectors. Oh, overall, it's got a darkish look (think of a gamma film 2.4 gamma, rather than 2.2), but even at 124" diagonal on my 1.3 gain Stewart Studiotek 130, it worked pretty great in a fully darkened room.
But the image pops, like crazy - it looks rich and dynamic. The darkest shadow detail is there, but, I admit, the nearest blacks are barely visible, but they are there.
BTW this is our third major attempt on the 6040UB/5040UB in the past year. (not to mention calibrating the LS10500, and also the $25K Sony VZ1000ES, and top of the line VW5000ES for 4K HDR..) Those last three did pretty good, previously, and all completely blew away the best I could come up with with the UB.
Not any more. Each of those has real advantages compared to the UB, but now I can say that like in older days with older UBs - I'm really impressed with how well the 5040UB is doing compared to far, far, more expensive projectors.
BTW for the past month+ I've switched to the Sony UBP-X1000ES Blu-ray UHD player. (Like the top Oppo, it has fancy audio, but it lacks many of the controls/adjustments the Oppo provides. I do like the Sony better than the Philips (definitely) and the Samsung (hugely). All my viewing of the 5040UB with the new settings has been with the Sony, as it will be my goto player, unless I also manage to get an Oppo.
I hope I'm right, and you folks agree, in which case, many of us will be happier soon. BTW I watched virtually all of Passengers, and Ghostbusters 2016, as well as bits from the latest Kong, and a chunk of The Martian (late last night on that one, fell asleep).
The 5040UB review itself will get other updating besides the Calibration pages, to describe the improvement, or rather to describe how the projector is looking now, after our latest attempt. -art
PS, we'll be tackling doing a comparison of 4K capable projectors as part of our upcoming annual Best Home Theater Projectors report. Might be fun.
"Reviewing projectors is fun, but watching the 5th Element for the 500th time..."
Which means I'm really looking forward to Valerian: City of 1000 Planets
Last edited by presenter; 07-21-2017 at 05:38 PM.