I'm so glad someone started this thread.
I bought an LG 65" C8 and picked up the UBK90 to go along with it. Decided against the Sony X700 because I thought having to toggle Dolby Vision on and off would be a major pain.
My experience so far has been mixed.
I should mention that I had ordered new certified HDMI cables from Monoprice but they have not arrived, so I had to use some HDMI cables I had been using with my other TVs.
I turn on the player and am greeted with a super blurry LG logo and then the sparse menu. The menu looked blurry as well. I know that the interface on these budget players usually aren't rendered in 4K, but it still seemed off. I popped in the Brave blu ray as my first test to see how standard 1080p content would play. I found the image to be extremely soft. Looked kind of like the menu. I verified that the TV was receiving a 4K signal from the player upscaling the blu ray. I figure this soft image is not normal, so I hunt down another HDMI cable. I grab the one that I was using between my PS4 and the plasma the OLED was replacing. Things visibly improved. The menu wasn't as blurry and the Brave disc seemed much sharper. However it still seemed a bit soft. I know that the C8 is capable of upscaling 1080p content quite nicely because hours before the family and I watched Coco via Netflix. It looked amazing, much better than the Brave disc and that Coco stream was only 1080p.
So here I come across the first missing feature that really annoys me. There is no way to disable upscaling (that I have found) of standard blu rays at the player and send your TV a 1080p signal. I know the Sony X700 can do this. I would imagine the C8 has much better upscaling capabilities than an entry level UHD player. Has anyone found a way to disable the upscaling done by the player?
The next night I rented my first 4K Blu Ray from my local Redbox: Tomb Raider. This is a Dolby Vision disc. I was blown away - by the image quality, not the movie. I have never seen anything so sharp outside of store demos. And the highlights! Oh those highlights! It was really phenomenal. Which got me thinking again that the softness I say on regular blu ray was the result of the player's upscaling prowess and no longer a cable issue. Because why did a native 4K disc look so spectacular? But I second guessed this reasoning the next night.
The following day I rented Red Sparrow. I posted what happened in the C8 owner's thread because this one didn't exist yet, but I will repost it here with some modifications:
I play the Red Sparrow disc and I got the HDR logo and noticed some very nice highlights during the film, especially on stuff like street lights and the lights in the theater in the ballet scene in the beginning. Not as impressive as Tomb Raider but still pretty cool. This is an HDR10 disc, not Dolby Vision BTW. Everything seemed to play OK except one scene where a character walks into a room where Jennifer Lawrence is sitting on a bed with a window in the background. Suddenly the window became very bright just after the beginning of the scene. It was almost as if HDR was momentarily turned off and then came back on. Very weird. But the weirdness didn't stop there.
In some scenes there are characters in the foreground and characters just slightly out of focus in the background. Sometimes those background actors looked squished. I saw this especially in scenes where Jennifer Lawrence's character is being trained at the school. The teacher in the background in some shots looked like she was being squished vertically. This warping/squishing effect also is seen in one scene where the a guy just sitting in his car thinking about what to do next. The objects in the background suddenly warped is if contracting and then expanding. This did not look normal at all and did not seem part of the movie. It was like what I was seeing with the teacher in the classroom scene. I was wondering if the Just Scan setting on the TV had something to do with this but I don't think so.
After finishing the movie I wanted to play around with picture settings to see what the different options did and to see if I could recreate that weird things I mentioned above. So I skipped to the the ballet scene in the beginning again and hit play after fast forwarding to what I thought was a good spot. I noticed that the lights were not brighter than the surrounding scene, as if HDR were turned off. They didn't have that HDR glow I noticed just having viewed the movie. I looked at the info for the input and it said it was receiving HDR and Dolby Atmos. Even my wife agreed that it didn't look like it did when we first watched the scene. I say "even my wife" because she isn't into this like I am. So for her to notice the difference it was very noticeable.
So I stop the disc and then restart it. Once again I get the HDR logo and the player asks me if I want to resume playback from my previous spot. I say yes, and guess what, the HDR highlights are back. My wife comments "yeah, now they are super bright again". So I fast forward to another scene and the same issue happens again. The HDR processing seems to have shut off even though the input info still says I am getting an HDR signal. I go back to the ballet scene and the lights are dull again. I stop and restart the disc, but even though I get the HDR logo popping up the highlights are still gone. Like the TV isn't doing anything with the metadata after I fast forward or rewind. I finally got it working again by shutting off the blu ray player, switching inputs, then going back and restarting the movie. The highlights were back again.
During all this the TV was always in HDR picture mode. Anyone seen anything like this? It could be just a side effect of playing the movie outside of its normal speed and the TV and player losing sync.
So I went from a great experience with the Tomb Raider disc, to a very odd one with Red Sparrow.
Once I get my monoprice cables, I will test some more to see if any of these problems are still apparent. They may be partly to blame. I will also see if those certified cables do anything to the blu ray image quality.
But basically, it would be great if someone could test Red Sparrow on this player. Especially if they have an LG OLED. I am very intrigued by what I experienced yesterday.
Sorry for the long post, but a lot happened lol
Last edited by Rogue74; 07-06-2018 at 01:26 AM.