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In Reply to: RE: 4K disc vrs blu-ray posted by mbnx01 on April 08, 2018 at 09:35:39
I have a 65" 4K HDR Sony. With a viewing distance of about 9 ft, I can clearly see the difference in 4K and 1080P. Also, depending on the TV, if the upscaling is good, then even 1080p upscaled to 4k looks better, but that is not a day and night difference. I also have 4K UHD blu-ray player, but I do not use it that much because the disc rental is scarce and buying 4K discs is not cheap. However, I have Amazon Prime and Netflix and both have good collection of 4K material, especially Netflix. Even with streaming, 4K generally looks sharper and more vibrant than 1080p.
I think 4K streaming is the future as 4K discs will never become popular unless there are good rental services. The only downside of 1080p and 4k streaming is the audio which is still mostly DD or DD+ 5.1, sometimes although rarely 7.1. Unless you play 1080p or 4K blu-ray discs you will most likely not get the newer lossless audio formats like Dolby True HD or DTS-HD MA. I have heard Dolby Atmos is slowly making its way into streaming but it is still nescent and only with DD+ 5.1 or 7.1.
I have the Sony X940E 75" and the X800 UHD BR player. Bandwidth for 4k streaming is an issue here, due to what service is available and how many devices are connected at any given time to my gateway.
I've gone the other route and have acquired 95 4K UHD discs of movies I like or were rated highly on blue-ray.com.
Of my previous BR discs at 1080, Avatar still looks really good upscaled. I recently put in Wall-E for the kids and it also looked quite good. So, my limited experience says that original BR discs used in a good hardware/dsp/firmware system can still look great.
Don't most 4K offers on the 5" disc also come with a blu-ray version??
Play one ,then the other and decide for yourself.
Really liked the BR version of Avatar,much better resolution of the "night" scenes.
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