Originally Posted by 3Dhereicome
Yeah it was a good deal! I have never seen better call saul but I loved breaking bad and have watched it 3 different times in full, good show.
Marantz is more expensive here, Denon is cheaper, so it's the same. I don't have much room for the rears either but I'm going to slap up on the wall anyways! Because 5.1 is a bare minimum for me.
I have a 2016 OLED too, I think 2016, maybe 2017, it's a B7. I'm going to get a 75" LG nanocell this time for gaming with the LCD/LED screen, OLED stays in my living room. I hadn't even thought about HDR10+ or any of that nonsense. I feel like dolby vision is good to go for awhile so whatever. I like my LG though, my Panasonic OS has always blown, I hate it. I wish Pioneer would have just kept making TV's but I like LG's, I'm not a fan of Samsung anything.
I dare say I like BCS better than BB. It isn't that similar but obviously shares stuff.
It's hard to compare Denon and Marantz. I go by starting at the cheapest price and work my way up eliminating the ones that don't have the features I want. In my case it wasn't necessarily audio features (watts etc) but more HT use and fitting the shelf. The cheapest Denon vs the cheapest Marantz in this case were like 40% difference... I probably didn't invest as much into the comparison as I may have done now after looking deeper into Audio. I was going to stay with my old 2.0 so it was just about getting something that works and fits. But then the crave came
If I had to do it again it would probably also include 7.1 with Atmos + eARC. Marantz NR1710 ($749 on Amazon) and Denon AVR-X2600H ($799 on Amazon) I think would have been a matching lower end for what I want. That said, it's only based on very few key features. The one you got is almost 1/2 the price and has those features too I think, so my research wasn't very thorough lol. I probably only looked into 2019 models or what's locally available. It wasn't about buying another one but more what's the cheapest "entry" level if I find it second hand or decide to upgade. I also did it a couple of months ago and I know more now than I did then. They are pretty close in price on Amazon but here the Marantz costs $1200 and the Denon $915, Pretty much the opposite to US and then some.
The thing about DolbyVision is that not all retail UHDs come with it, some have only HDR10, some have HDR10/+, some have HDR10+DV and some have all 3. Further more, dual layer DV which is what you have on UHD discs, pretty much isn't playable by anything but a UHD player. Streaming uses single layer DV. HDR10+ is much more forgiving as it's embedded into the video stream and therefore easier to support even if you didn't opt for a license. DV on UHD discs is a proprietary separate layer which you can't play without having a license, at least not till now. It's a bit like the right eye stream on 3D discs.
To summarize, unless you watch only streaming or own a UHD player + buy UHD discs, you pretty much only able to watch with standard HDR10. Sure, streaming is cool and everything, but it's not nearly good as retail content in terms of video bitrate/quality and Audio. Atmos you get on Netflix isn't even remotely the same Atmos you get on UHD discs, it's closer to DD+. Things will get better as retail discs sales will keep dropping and streaming quality will get better but for now this is the situation.
A quick comparison: the average video bitrate on 4K HEVC on NF/Amazon is 15mbps, on a retail UHD it's roughly between 40 and 80mbps. Atmos on NF is constant (CBR) 768kbps, on UHD it's variable bitrate (VBR) roughly between 3500kbps and 8000.
Just for funsies, I checked last night what it would cost me to land a complete 5 Chane speakers set here using a forwarding service (as they don't sell international). Shipping + tax would come up to about the same price as the cost of the speakers. At first I thought the floorstands price is for a pair and those combined with just the center will be about $1400 landed, then realized it's priced in singles so it's considerably more. Bit misleading when the all the pictures on their site are showing a pair.