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Re: Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2016, 05:04:28 PM »
I've only seen the displays in Best Buy, but man, I'd love to get me one of them passive 3D LGs with them 4K.  Course, it means buying practically a whole new setup (amplifier, cables, TV, player) to get the most out of it, which means it may be awhile before I can get it.  But man, I love those "city backdrop" demo things they do where you can see individual people walking the streets from the tops of buildings.  Truly stunning these days.

Of course, the issue is, where do they go from here?  Other than...ergh, High Frame Rate...if we want to go to 8K and beyond, we're going to have to get used to 100" TVs in people's houses.  Or attached to them, like a drive-in screen.
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Re: Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2016, 06:13:20 PM »
4K doesn't excite me. OLED excites me. That will be my next television purchase. It just won't be for another 3 years or so.


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Re: Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray
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Re: Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2018, 12:03:29 PM »
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Re: Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2019, 03:18:44 PM »
 Don't have a 4K TV yet but I got a 4K player.  A Samsung UBD-M7500/ZA, a mid priced player.  I also got a 4K reciever so I'm ready when I get a 4K TV.

  To test out the surround sound I popped in T2 and that disk always took at least a minute to load on my Panasonic BD player, on this player it was at the menu in about 5 seconds.

 It doesn't have wifi, so you've got to have a wired connection for updates and streaming.


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Re: Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2019, 05:31:05 PM »
Now that the worst cold I've had in about 20 years is on the way out I can finally enjoy my OLED 4K HDR TV without fits of coughing or sneezing.

The 4K extended cut of The Martian looks spectacular.

Just watched Serenity and while I did notice more detail, I don't think HDR was adding anything, in fact it seemed like black levels were getting crushed, so overall not a huge improvement over the 1080p Blu-Ray.

Watched some of Apollo 13 and the 4K and HDR seem to improve that quite a bit over the Blu-Ray.

Most impressive stuff I've seen make use of HDR have been streaming shows:  Lost in Space on Netflix and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon.

I'm waiting until my cold is completely gone before trying out 2001, really hope that lives up to the reviews.

Just ordered The 5th Element and First Man on 4K disc.


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Re: Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2019, 05:39:35 PM »
Just received my LG 4K Blu-Ray player today. Hooked it up and it plays Blu-Rays fine and has a great picture. I still haven't bought any 4K Blu-Rays yet but I will soon.

For the price you pay for these 4K players, the least they could do is include a HDMI and/or optical cable but neither was included with this one. Luckily I had an extra HDMI cable on hand..


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Re: Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2019, 06:25:07 PM »

I know, buy a computer monitor at that price and you usually get an HDMI cable, the monitor I just got had both an HDMI and a display port cable, but disc players never have them.

Supposedly to get 4K video to the TV you need an HDMI cable rated for HDMI 2.x.

Of course they used to say things like that about USB cables and that was proved wrong by plenty of people doing speed tests.

See if you can find an info screen on the player that says what kind of display it is detecting, usually it will list the HDMI connection along with the display resolution.  Should say something like 4K UHD over HDMI 2.2 or something like that, if it says HDMI 1.x it won't send 4K to the TV.

I got a 3 pack of these when I did my upgrade since I needed 3 (roku to receiver, disc to receiver, receiver to TV), these were cheapest 4K ready cables I could find (Amazon basics):

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01H7M6YKI/

A one-pack is more than half the price of a 3 pack, and it just comes in a plastic bag so no packaging cost, crazy...


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Re: Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2019, 06:35:34 PM »
Just did some searching and it pretty much is just like the old USB 1 vs 2 speed issue, most old HDMI cables will work OK for HDMI 2.x if they were made well, but if they were made to barely pass HDMI 1.4 specs they might not work for 4K.


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Re: Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2019, 12:57:14 AM »
See if you can find an info screen on the player that says what kind of display it is detecting, usually it will list the HDMI connection along with the display resolution.  Should say something like 4K UHD over HDMI 2.2 or something like that, if it says HDMI 1.x it won't send 4K to the TV.

I got a 3 pack of these when I did my upgrade since I needed 3 (roku to receiver, disc to receiver, receiver to TV), these were cheapest 4K ready cables I could find (Amazon basics):

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01H7M6YKI/

A one-pack is more than half the price of a 3 pack, and it just comes in a plastic bag so no packaging cost, crazy...
Only thing I can find is a resolution setting of 2160p that I selected as it was originally set for Auto, and I set the aspect ratio to 16:9 Full instead of 16:9 Original. The Display mode is 60Hz.
Other than that, I'm not sure if the HDMI cable is compatible with 4K :-\ I bought this cable (a set of 6) a few years ago so my guess is it might meet the minimum but I just don't know so I'll get a set of these cables you put a link to so I know for sure.

I'm glad I checked before ordering as I was looking at the 3 feet option but they would have been too short :o

Thanks for the help on this Marty!
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Re: Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray
« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2019, 01:21:54 AM »
By the way.. What brand receiver are you using?
I'm not using one currently with my 75" Vizio since I'm just using a 5:1 sound bar surround sound system.


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Re: Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray
« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2019, 07:55:16 AM »
By the way.. What brand receiver are you using?
I'm not using one currently with my 75" Vizio since I'm just using a 5:1 sound bar surround sound system.

Are you going to put 7 speakers around the room plus a subwoofer?  That is the only reason to use a receiver instead of a sound bar.  I've got the room set up with speakers in the corners, 2 on the sides in the middle, and one behind the TV, plus the subwoofer in the corner.  So a movie with good surround completely envelops you in sound.

I had always gone with Sony receivers in the past, but when I was looking to upgrade this time all the ones I saw had bad reviews.  Seems like they are letting the quality slip on all but their high end stuff?

So I looked around and settled on Onkyo:

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XVFY3M8/

It can handle all the audio formats they put on HD and UHD discs, and do network stuff I'll probably never use.


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Re: Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray
« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2019, 09:01:10 AM »
I went with this setup:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CDG12DL/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
And it sounds awesome as is without a receiver so maybe I don't really need one :-\
Tested it with ID4 and yeah it shakes the whole room 8)
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