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UHD Blu-ray Player Shopping Question

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Tahoebrian5, Feb 4, 2019.

  1. Tahoebrian5

    Tahoebrian5 Auditioning

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    Okay I went from I don't have any budget for toys to I bought a 65" Vizio QLED TV and an Integra DXR2.1 receiver. I am now on the hunt for an UHD blueray player.

    Question.. since my receiver processes sound and video, can I just get a basic stripped down player and HDMI it to the receiver and let the receiver do the work?

    Please, any info, opinions or links you can shoot over to help edumucate me will be appreciated. Thanks!
     
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    To Play UHD disks you must have a UHD player. You should probably also make sure that the player supports HDR.
     
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    Right, I get that. My question is will a basic uhd blueray player work or do I need the models advertising Dolby Atmos etc, if I want to listen in that mode, or other picture modes. Won’t the Integra decode this type of stuff so I don’t need advance feature on the player? Also does hdr need to be supported or can it get processed later in the chain with receiver or tv? I don’t understand how this works.. if this stuff just gets passed along hdmi until it gets decoded or if every piece needs to have it.
     
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    pssst. it's called Blu Ray. :)

    Carry on.
     
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    UHURA: The ball is bl-u-ee. Bl-u-ey. Bluey?

    bluee.

    sorry...carry on, yep!!
     
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    If your receiver can decode Atmos, any legit player can bitstream the code that your receiver can then decode for Atmos. I believe Vizio TVs can do HDR and DOlby Vision, so you'll want a player that can send either of those to the TV: Samsung players don't do Dolby Vision. Neither do first generation Sony or Philips players.

    But 2017/2018 models of Sony (X700), LG (90), Panasonic (820) and Philips (7502) do both.

    And Sony has announced a new version of the X800 for later this year (March) that will do both.
     
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    Question to @Tahoebrian5: Are you interested in also going Region-Free with your planned purchase?
    ( It is an important consideration nowadays).

    I myself am looking to add a second UHD Blu-ray player (Region Free). New one would go to my main HT while the current Sony X700 (Region Free) would move to my bedroom TV (also a 4K set).
     
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    The upcoming Panny UB450 should also do both, but not sure when it's coming out.

    Also, you might want go for a player w/ 2 HDMI outputs in case you need to route one directly to the display and the other to the receiver for sound or the like due to potential HDMI and/or syncing issues and whatever else. I think most, if maybe not quite all, of the ones that do both HDR10 and Dolby Vision come w/ 2 HDMI outs.

    Personally, I would suggest sticking w/ either the Pannys or Sonys... though the Panny UB820 is probably more than you want to spend -- I went w/ the Sony X700 during the holiday shopping season myself. I guess LG may also have matured enough nowadays to be worth considering as well, but no idea about the Phillips...


    Just to be clear, UHD discs do not use region coding, so region free hacks are probably all for BDs and DVDs, not UHD... although AFAIK the UHD spec does require all UHD players to come w/ functionality to allow the studios to choose to lock playback on a per disc (or is it per title?), per player(?) basis(!) at anytime in the future (via internet connection), but the studios are not likely to ever actually use that functionality (assuming it's still part of the current spec) -- they probably wanted it included just in case... Don't know if some players could be hacked to defeat that functionality, so not sure if any currently available hacks are doing that.

    _Man_
     
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    The Pioneer UDP-LX800.
    Pioneer's flagship UHD player. Anyone know if this is coming to North America?
     
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