4K Blu-ray. Any early adopters out there?

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  • See calibration disc links on this thread on the previous page
  • Samsung had a TERRIBLE reputation for a long time when it came to firmware updates for their players early on in the Blu-ray game.
    Not sure if that has changed.
  • polrbehr
    polrbehr Posts: 2,697
    See calibration disc links on this thread on the previous page
    I started reading that yesterday. It's on my short list of things to buy... like right after I get a 4K player ;)
    Rick88 wrote: »
    If you want to try that Samsung and want a KILLER low price, you can get it for only $60 here (and it's available for shipping):

    https://www.frys.com/product/9145858?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

    There are quite a few negative reviews on this particular unit, but for $60 it's worth a shot!

    Damn, it sure is worth a shot, thanks.
    Welcome back too, glad to see you posting again.

    So, are you willing to put forth a little effort or are you happy sitting in your skeptical poo pile?


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  • Viking64
    Viking64 Posts: 5,579
    Is "8K" its resolution or its price tag? :p
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 19,240
    Hmmm no I didn't see that 8k coming no not at all.....

    Snicker snicker

  • verb
    verb Posts: 9,911
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  • What??
    @verb doesn't already have one?!?!?!?! ;):p
  • verb
    verb Posts: 9,911
    Now that, I didn't know was coming! But, gotta be a good boy for Santa! :)
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  • https://hometheaterreview.com/hometheaterreviews-uhd-blu-ray-player-buyers-guide/
    Picks for the best players as well as some very interesting and informative information on why discs are STILL better than streaming.
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 19,240
    Bit rate is everything. One of the reasons I've always thought OTA is always better than cable or satellite since both use mp4 compression rates.
  • polrbehr
    polrbehr Posts: 2,697
    https://hometheaterreview.com/hometheaterreviews-uhd-blu-ray-player-buyers-guide/
    Picks for the best players as well as some very interesting and informative information on why discs are STILL better than streaming.

    Good reading there. Since I still haven't gotten around to buying a 4k player, it offered some good ideas. Even though I have pretty fast/reliable internet and find my 4k Firestick more than capable, I am still in the "having-the-physical-media" camp. I have experienced the frustration of going on NetFlix to watch something, only to find it's no longer available. The other upside to actually owning the disc is the ability to share or trade them with other people.
    So, are you willing to put forth a little effort or are you happy sitting in your skeptical poo pile?


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  • pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Bit rate is everything. One of the reasons I've always thought OTA is always better than cable or satellite since both use mp4 compression rates.

    You're absolutely right @pitdogg2 The cable companies further compress the HD digital bitstream in order to make it all fit into their limited bandwidth. Fiber carriers do not have to so much, because fiber has a lot more bandwidth.
    I've done back to back comparisons with over the air signals versus what I was getting from Verizon FiOS FTTP (Fiber To The Premises) and I can hardly see a difference.
    Can't speak for satellite though.
    I can only imagine what will happen to 4K broadcast over cable :o:s
  • Synopsis
    More 8K tv's coming.
    Visio is entering the OLED game and
    ATSC 3.0 is coming!! (over the air 1080p and 4K broadcasting to say the least. There is more to that standard)
  • gp4jesus
    gp4jesus Posts: 1,706
    I’m interested in a 65-70” 4K w/a genuine 120hz refresh rate. I believe that would be a worthy upgrade to my Samsung 60”. 7 years ago it was their best 2D offering.

    Frequently seen “tech derived” 120hz refresh rates - a smokescreen that amounts to less performance than the real thing. Further, reviewers seem to suggest* “...4K (& 8K) is a little** better.
    *tap dance
    **reading between the lines: is it “better enough” to replace a pre-4K display?

    OTOH, I’m still impressed by Blu-ray transfers of pre-dvd titles including stuff from the ‘60s! I said all that to say this, forgive my gloomy Gus outlook: I believe my best u$e* is “ stay the course” to relocating** and expanding***, until the industry offers a Wow(!) upgrade w/out a second mortgage.
    *saving for and/or buying
    **~3 years
    ***remaining components, etc for 7.X

    Many thanks for the industry watch, Tony
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  • Don't confuse the 120hz refresh rates of some LCD tv's with the 4K standard 120hz. This has yet to make an appearance as the HDMI 2.1 standard had to become adopted widely enough and devices with that capability will begin to appear this year. Right now the best that is out is 4K 60hz.
  • gp4jesus
    gp4jesus Posts: 1,706
    Don't confuse the 120hz refresh rates of some LCD tv's with the 4K standard 120hz. This has yet to make an appearance as the HDMI 2.1 standard had to become adopted widely enough and devices with that capability will begin to appear this year. Right now the best that is out is 4K 60hz.
    thanks. You articulated what I was thinking. I’m slow to move on to the next tech anyway - $aves.

    Samsung 60" UN60ES6100 LED
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    Canare 14 ga - LCR tweeters inside* & CC outside
    BJC 10 ga - LCR mids, inside* & out
    8 ga Powerline - LR woofers, inside* & out
    *soldered

    LR: Tri-amped RTi A7 w/Rotels. Woofers - 980BX; Mids & Tweets- 981
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    Surrounds: Rotel 981 -> AR 12 ga -> RTi A3
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  • There is also some information in one of those articles about some of what the ATSC 3.0 standard is capable of.
    Cool stuff B)
  • So Vizio and Panasonic are jumping into the OLED waters and making a splash
  • gp4jesus
    gp4jesus Posts: 1,706
    Sorry for derailing this thread, specifically this part, for coming so late to the party w/this, and getting so very long winded.

    AT&T and before, the different “Bell” companies, had been using fiber between Central Offices (COs) in the 80s(?), likely earlier. Over the last ~9 years I worked for AT&T, I spliced fiber for mostly new work; had zero contact w/ copper the last 5 years. Terminating fiber into banks and Medical offices ~6 years ago became pretty common. 2-3 three years ago started laying fiber to to new homes in developments and in existing densely populated parts of Athens, GA.

    Tech note: While I did see the work of my distant forbearers, I had the privilege of using later technology to connect the fibers. Namely a machine that joined the hair-thick strands of glass by welding. Usually joined 2 to 2 or more at a time but occasionally as singles. Any cable made after 2007, 12 strands or larger came as 12 strand ribbons, referred to as groups, simply labeled on the ribbon 1, 2, 3 etc - no rocket science here.

    We almost always spliced those as ribbons, almost never as singles. New 144s, 12 groups of 12, are ho hum. The last ~4-5 years we started doing a lot more larger cables: 216s (18), 288s (24), & 360s (30). 432s (36) less often and two 764s* (72) fed out of the larger COs. Over the the summer 2019 two techs began splicing a 1728 (144) out of the Athens CO.
    *I straight-spliced about half the groups in this cable once. Others had this “privilege” 2 or 3 times.
    tonyb wrote: »
    Yes, fiber optic cables are expensive to repair, but usually the company doesn't pay for it. The person/company that broke it pays.
    Fiber optics are delicate, penetrate the outer sheathing, damage easy, and expensive due to time requirements, to repair. Occasionally, I, or a co-worker, repaired damaged cable.
    tonyb wrote: »
    Most your phone cables are fiber optic, broke a few in my day. Very expensive to repair as each strand needs to be spliced back together in a special way....and there could be thousands of strands in a Fiber optic cable.
    I’ve repaired some cables as small as 1 fiber. Common sizes were 24s to 72s w/ a couple sizes in between. The largest I recall repairing was 216 fibers feeding a 144, 2 48s, & 24s; all bush hogged clean through - at least 100 business* and over a 1000 dial tone subscribers out of service for ~5-6 hours. Ahh the fun, how I miss that - like a tooth ache!!
    *Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, a host of fast food restaurants, and a large medical complex, to name a few

    The zenith of my repair career: 4 years ago, very late on a Thursday, a tree company truck was traveling on a major thoroughfare* with their boom too high. Sliced clean through two older cables - a 96 and a 48, both stranded**.
    *~an hour from the office
    **we used glue to make ribbons from strands

    On the surface, not a big deal, right? Well... ...One of the cables contained THE circuit from the University of GA (UGA) football stadium that fed the ESPN South office in Atlanta! As if that wasn’t bad enough, the next day, Saturday, was the UGA season opener!

    To say some “knickers were knotted up” REAL TIGHT would be an understatement! Having a self-serving jerk of a boss made it worse. A lot of work by 4 competent techs and some drama generously provided by few in middle management. Got home ~8p that night.
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    Samsung BDP, Dish Rcvr, Phillips CD chgr, various game consoles

    Canare 14 ga - LCR tweeters inside* & CC outside
    BJC 10 ga - LCR mids, inside* & out
    8 ga Powerline - LR woofers, inside* & out
    *soldered

    LR: Tri-amped RTi A7 w/Rotels. Woofers - 980BX; Mids & Tweets- 981
    CC: Rotel RB981 -> Bi-amped CSi A6
    5 Subs: Sunfire True Sub Signature -> LFE & CC & 4 Audio Pro Evidence Subs
    Surrounds: Rotel 981 -> AR 12 ga -> RTi A3
    Power Conditioning & Distribution:
    3 dedicated 20A feeds; APC H15; 4 Furman Miniport 20s