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RE: 4K disc vrs blu-ray

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. Dandaroy

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