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Old 08-01-2020, 02:05 PM   #1
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Question Worth Getting 4K Player for Upscaling?

Hi guys,

I've been considering getting a 4K player this week.

I'd mainly be using for upscaling blu-rays, although obviously the option to purchase 4K discs in the future would be good.

Is it worth the upgrade considering my use will primarily be for blu-ray upscaling? Or will this just have the same effect as the upscaling my 4K TV does of my (non-4k) blu-ray player anyway?

Appreciate hearing your thoughts...
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Old 08-01-2020, 02:26 PM   #2
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Hi guys,

I've been considering getting a 4K player this week.

I'd mainly be using for upscaling blu-rays, although obviously the option to purchase 4K discs in the future would be good.

Is it worth the upgrade considering my use will primarily be for blu-ray upscaling? Or will this just have the same effect as the upscaling my 4K TV does of my (non-4k) blu-ray player anyway?

Appreciate hearing your thoughts...
Your TV is upscaling sub-4K content already. You've no way of knowing whether an upscaling player would do that job better, worse, or the same without trying it out, though any differences would be very minor anyway.

If you don't want a 4K player to play 4K discs on a 4K TV then it'd be a waste of money.
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Old 08-01-2020, 02:33 PM   #3
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Like Geoff D posted, but I'd add that if your player is a bit on the old and creaky side you will generally see faster load times.

If you need a new player and don't mind the extra cost then it's worth picking one up, but I wouldn't go out of my way for an upscaler.
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Old 08-01-2020, 02:48 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. Essentially what I thought.

However as I've noticed a few decent titles coming down to the £10 mark I may consider embracing the format anyway.

My current player is an oldish Panasonic but it is region free so still worth having.
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Old 08-01-2020, 04:19 PM   #5
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If your TV does decent HDR and you're still buying discs then I'd definitely make the jump, but I agree that doing it for the upscaling alone would be very wasteful, the improvement would be minuscule if at all noticeable.
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Old 08-01-2020, 04:25 PM   #6
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'depends entirely on - your - perceptions'
  • my history :: HD-to-UHD (transition - players)
  • own (still) several Sony BDP-S1 (never found an HD player that outperformed it - in movie/cinema mode - which is 'properly calibrated)
  • acquired several 'UHD players' (all available - early on - and, evaluated throughly)
  • (for myself) - the improvement of watching HD on an UHD - player - was 'impressive'
  • at the 'very least' :: you should 'carefully' choose one and 'see for yourself'
  • what do you have to loose? (time?)
  • just make certain of 'return privileges' should you be 'underwhelmed'
  • note :: i 'dis-agree' with 'perceptions' that 'scaling improvements from HD to UHD (players) of HD content are not worthwhile'
  • note :: of course, as a pathway to UHD content, is another consideration
  • note :: of course, choosing a 'quality' player is also an important consideration
  • additional thoughts :: LG (UBK90 - UBKM9) :: 'i find' the LG overall to have the best in picture quality (DVD/HD/UHD) and affordability
  • additional thoughts :: Sony (UBP-X800M2 - UBP-X1100ES) :: as a 'universal' player(s) (audio & video) a worthy consideration(s), including build quality
  • what do you think?






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Hi guys,

I've been considering getting a 4K player this week.

I'd mainly be using for upscaling blu-rays, although obviously the option to purchase 4K discs in the future would be good.

Is it worth the upgrade considering my use will primarily be for blu-ray upscaling? Or will this just have the same effect as the upscaling my 4K TV does of my (non-4k) blu-ray player anyway?

Appreciate hearing your thoughts...

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Old 08-01-2020, 10:22 PM   #7
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I would have to say no it's not worth getting a 4K player just for the upscaling. But as other members have said it all depends what your using as a Blu-ray player now, and what type of 4K Blu-ray player your thinking of gong with.
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Maybe it was true once any consumer grade upscaler was much the same as any other but with better displays and technology there is a difference. I find Oppo does a better upscale than letting my LG OLED do it, I find LG upscales tend to have a softer look and doesn’t handle the chroma (specifically saturated red) as smoothly. Panasonic are supposed to be really good at upscaling as well.
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Yeah but that's us pixel peepers talking. To someone who's not particularly bothered about playing 4K on a 4K TV, i.e. a normal person who's very happy with what they've got, then I doubt that they're gonna appreciate the difference between x upscaler and y upscaler.
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Normal people, no. Anyone bothered to ask probably doesn’t fall into that group.
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Normal people, no. Anyone bothered to ask probably doesn’t fall into that group.
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Donít get it for the upscaling.

Get it for the UHD BDs.

Best home video format ever and makes steaming look cut rate.
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