Originally Posted by madbrain
No HDFury Linker or Vertex here. Not in the budget at the moment - got laid off about a month ago. Bright side is that I have a little bit of time on my hands to try these things now, except for preparing for my big bday party this weekend.
I have an old Spyder 3 Pro which can be put on a tripod, and can use a laptop for measurements. Have not tried installing HCFR yet.
The source device wouldn't be the laptop though, it would be the X800.
Pretty sure the HDR->SDR mode in the UHD65 (which is the only way to turn off HDR that I know) keeps the full HDR signal going to the projector, it just gets post-processed to SDR. I can double check that from the receiver HDMI signal details.
Still waiting for that amazing moment. I have a 2.4 gain screen and fully light controlled room, so even without tweaking, the HDR movies don't look overly dark as to be unwatchable. They just don't look like HDR ...
That would be appreciated.
I'm in the same boat as you are. If you read through the previous 10 pages of this topic, you will see the Sony X800 is not a good player for projectors.
I've tried many settings, and the only thing I could come up with was increasing the contrast up to 25-35. It gives HDR a much brighter look, but its not great.
I would wait for Panasonic's new line due out in July. 210, 420, and 820. The 420 & 820 will have HDR tone mapping. It sucks that Sony doesn't keep on top of firmware updates for its players. The last one for the X800 was 9/26/17. And that's really bad for a player that originally came out priced at $400. This isn't supposed to be a lower end player. Reviews were up there with the Oppo in terms of picture and audio quality, but didn't have as strong of a feature set as the Oppo.
From what I read from various sources, the X800 does an excellent job with panels because of their higher nit output. Strangely enough, the X800 has a display setting (TV or Projector). Both, at least from I can tell, don't do a darn thing with the UHD60. They both look evenly just as dark. I've even tried bypassing my receiver (Denon X2300W) and went direct to the projector. No difference, and there shouldn't be unless you use picture settings on the AVR. I have mine set to Bypass any picture settings, allowing only the audio to be decoded.
It's a shame, because regular Blu-ray 1080p movies look fantastic on the UHD60. Everything has great brightness and darks. But take any UHD film with HDR, and it all looks too dark. For example, BladeRunner 2049, the beginning where Kay walks into the dark house, there's no reason why you shouldn't be able to make out various details of objects inside the house. Instead, its all blacked out. Same with The Patriot, the beginning should have this beautiful bright scene where you see the fields, and the house and barns. Instead, it looks as if the whole picture has a dark tone to it. Change to the Blu-ray version, and its like, why even bother watching the 4K version?
Saving Private Ryan, I couldn't wait to pick this up. The HDR darkness here is similar to The Patriot, everything has a dark tone, even though SPR is a gritty and dark movie, there are plenty of scenes where you should be able to make out details, but you can't.
From what I've seen so far, the Oppo and Panny are the way to go. But since Oppo no longer makes hardware, resellers are capitalizing on the value of the player to around $700+. The current Panny is on sale now for $450 at Best Buy and other retailers.