WEST SIDE STORY arrived this morning and I watched the first sequence, up to the end of the cops scene, three times: 4K 1080 and 4K using the two discs in the set. Most importantly there's no adverse effect with breaking the rules and I'm sure there's a slight advantage. It seemed to me that going from the 4K disc to the Blu-ray my eyes didn't feel quite right, as if I wasn't seeing things properly anymore. It was very slight and then returning to the 4K things felt right again. But there certainly wasn't a dramatic difference.
I wondered if it was going to be darker (seen that mentioned previously) but it gave me a picture (as I've said above) virtually identical to the normal Blu-ray but slightly clearer.
I didn't make any adjustments but just played the disc and it was fine. I wondered if it was going to be darker (seen that mentioned previously) but it gave me a picture (as I've said above) virtually identical to the normal Blu-ray but slightly clearer.
I don't really understand HDR either but it wasn't an issue.
To answer Will's question I've now looked and, as he'd suspected, HDR was set to Auto, which is why there is no adverse effect when playing 4K into non-4K displays.
4K HYBRID ADVENTURES - CONTINUED
When I bought the new player I didn't look into the detailed setup menus as it worked playing ordinary Blu-rays. To answer Will's question I've now looked and, as he'd suspected, HDR was set to Auto, which is why there is no adverse effect when playing 4K into non-4K displays. I'm very happy with the machine and it also plays SACD.
It therefore seems to be a good idea to begin collecting 4K discs and I look forward to whenever I can afford to upgrade the projector but meanwhile enjoy a sliight improvement.
There hasn't yet been time to watch the whole film this weekend so I've still only seen the opening up to the end of the cops scene. A good test moment is with the chain link fence before the cops arrive. The 4K disc had slightly better definition than the Blu-ray using the 1080P Epson.
Sony UBP-X800M2 MULTIREGION 4K Ultra HD ICOS Multi Region All Zone Code Free Blu-ray Player. Blu-ray zones A, B and C, DVD regions 1-8 - Includes SlimHDMI 4K HDMI Cable
Now, I'm REALLY confused because that's actually the OPPOSITE of what I was getting at, LOL. I have the x700 and our machines behave in mighty similar ways. The way I understand it, AUTO detects HDR signals coming from the DISC not the capabilities of the TV. Bearing that in mind, It SHOULD only work in the way you describe if the HDR is set to "off" on the player but, as I said, I don't really understand it all (much as I try) so WHATEVER is working for you, just go with it!
I even kept a separate, dedicated profile to toggle on/off, which can't be accessed until playback begins, to satisfactorily handle discs encoded w/ HDR content... but then again, I was trying to strike a good balance to recover some otherwise blown highlights (that HDR offers) while not resulting in a much too flat (contrast-wise) picture...