Originally Posted by Charles R
From what I read in the Samsung K8500 thread it has a ton of configuration options. So I wouldn't be too quick to dismiss its image quality... without working through them. Especially something like video levels should be able to be configured to match the rest of the chain. Also looking at the HD Fury thread it has almost as many or more itself...
I know that the K8500 has many configuration opyions...however, Most are not relevant to the video when you are dealing with a limited display, for example, a 1080i display.
You can set the Format to match your format, in this case, 1080i. That is not relevant here. If I had it set the Samsung to 2160, I would not have gotten a picture at all. The Samsung is very capable, but it cannot split pixels on the display that it is feeding signal to.
You can also set the Samsung to output HDR or not depending upon whether you have a HDR capable display. Again, my display is NOT HDR capable so that setting is irrelevant.
The principal limitation that we are talking about is my display, not the Samsung. But, for the Sony VPL-VW50 projector, the Samsung cannot make it better...simple physics. And, I do think that the extended color space of the Samsung exceeds that of the Sony projector, and that results in what I described as "black crush".
What I want to convey are two things...
First, the HD Fury, Samsung UHD player, and UHD disk combination are the only solution for ensuring that you can get an Atmos soundtrack from UHD when you are using a display that is NOT HDCP 2.2 compliant.
Second, IF you choose this path, it will not necessarily result in an improved image. And, one reason outside of the Samsung or the HD Fury, is the authoring of the UHD disk itself. But, it will give you the Atmos soundtrack (IF the UHD disk, in fact, has the Atmos soundtrack).
Each person has to make that decision themselves. I simply do not want people to have unrealistic expectations...