Originally Posted by Granny Lee
Sorry I promised to give some info after the purchase, but I got pretty busy moving into my new place and totally forgot about it.
I never owned a TK850, so no direct comparison can be made. Luckily, I played with my friend's HT3550 for quite a while, so I can make a comparison to that.
For now, I will list some aspects and give them a (very subjective) mark:
Wow, thanks for the extensive review.
I would expect that the 3800 can't compete with the TK850 for sharpness, but so many reviews remark about how sharp the 3800 looks even though it's only 2k or whatever. When I was first shopping around, it was 4k or nothing, but I made my choice for a number of reasons (color, hdr, brightness, blacks/contrast, lag, no threat of rbe to name a few) and think I will be pretty happy with it. I knew I'd be passing up some sharpness, but I think you are probably right that the resolution/sharpness will be mostly only noticeable with text or if you stand close and really look for it. And then in a few years, I expect even better 4k performance to be available at a cheaper price.
In regards to your comment about 4k gaming, I've read many times that feeding in a 4k signal and pumping out a 2k or even a 1080p picture will be much better sharpness and picture quality than rendering from a native 1080p signal. It makes sense as there is more data for the image processing to work with and do it's thing. I can see how this would hold true for cinema, but I'm not sure it would have quite the same impact with gaming. Something else to consider is that I think this pj actually has lower lag with 4k than 1080p... I can't find where I read that though, and at these low lag levels it's probably splitting hairs.
In regards to bluetooth audio, I was wondering about that. But I have a Dolbly Atmos soundbar and surround speakers, so I can't imagine that bluetooth will be able to transmit that 7.1 Atmos signal without some sort of drop in quality or latency. As is the case, I think that I have to run a long HDMI cable from the pj to the soundbar.
Currently my plan is to connect my av source/s to my soundbar, and then run the HDMI video out from the soundbar to the pj. Is this the best plan, or would I be better of plugging components directly into the pj and then running audio out to the soundbar? Can the 3800 do audio out via hdmi?