Senior HTF Member
- Jul 17, 2009
- Real Name
- Nick Dobbs
Before going fully 4K, I only bought discs that were a clear improvement over their blu-ray counterparts. But all things being equal, a blu-ray will tend to look better than a UHD disc (assuming they're from the same master) on a 1080p set.Yeah, I think most of the brand name 4K players, including the sub-$200 ones, do a decent enough job at it, *but* it does seem a tad tricky to get results equaling (or possibly bettering) a good BD counterpart on a 1080p display.
That's certainly the case w/ the sub-$200 Sony 4K players me thinks -- in general, I'd say I got slightly better results than the BD counterpart (from same transfer, not much older inferior one) in the large majority of cases, but not everyone might agree particularly about the HDR->SDR conversion... and it did require some tweaking as well as manual switching of profiles (that may not be nearly obvious/easy enough for many)...
It's a definite weakness of the format that there's no standardization of HDR handling/usage/implementation (that affects both 4K HDR and 1080p SDR output and whatever in between)...