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Question Best blu ray player for 4k up scaling?

i_raz

Well-known Member
Does anyone know what the best blu ray player is for upscaling to 4k? I'm currently using my denon avr-x5200 to do the upscaling and wanted to know if there is any blu ray playeer that can do it better? I read the review for the Sony bdb-s7200 which seems to be reasonable.

Around the £500. Don't want to spend to much.

Are there any other standalone 4k upscaling options?

Thanks.
 

LV426

Administrator
Staff member
Presumably you have decided that your 4k TV (etc) isn't doing a very good job at this?
 

i_raz

Well-known Member
I have the jvc x500 which is supposed to upscale to 4k with Eshift (although not proper full 4k). However I find that when I run decent full 4k video clip there is a big jump in quality so I think the up scaler isn't that good in the jvc. Hence wanting to try something else. I have tried the Denon x5200 receiver and I get some grain in dark scenes.
 

LV426

Administrator
Staff member
OK - I can't comment on your specific kit, but it's worth remembering that you can't expect any scaling process to mimic true definition - you can't put back what's not there in the first place. Much as, when we first got 1080 HD, folk were expecting (possibly not helped by marketing drivel) that their DVDs would look "HD" and sought more, better devices to try and make this expectation come true. They don't, won't, can't - pretty much regardless of the equipment used.
 

KelvinS1965

Distinguished Member
FWIW I tried using my Lumagen Radiance 2041 to upscale BluRay into my X500 at 4K. I couldn't really say that there was any great difference either way. Since Lumagen specialise in video processing I very much doubt that a £500 player would have the same quality of upscaling as the Lumagen, so IMHO it won't be worth buying a 'better' player.

I don't often come into this section (happy owner of an Oppo 93 for many years now) but I wanted to have a look for info about UHD players. I reckon this will be the best use of your money if you want to watch UHD sources. Granted you have the HDCP 2.2 issue, but a HD Fury would sort that out for you and/or you could downscale the UHD disc and perhaps get better 1080p quality than we have now (remains to be seen what options UHD players will let us use with non 4K displays though).

Just seems a bad time to be spending a lot of money on a BluRay player IMHO...
 

i_raz

Well-known Member
OK - I can't comment on your specific kit, but it's worth remembering that you can't expect any scaling process to mimic true definition - you can't put back what's not there in the first place. Much as, when we first got 1080 HD, folk were expecting (possibly not helped by marketing drivel) that their DVDs would look "HD" and sought more, better devices to try and make this expectation come true. They don't, won't, can't - pretty much regardless of the equipment used.

Thanks, maybe my expectations are too high with the upscaling and I need to bear in mind it will never be as good as a full 4k resolution.
 

i_raz

Well-known Member
Kelvin

Thanks. I was looking to eventually purchase the lumagen with the 4k but your comments have made me think again.

I think I may hang fire until the uhd players are out. After your post i Googled uhd players and it seems Panasonic are realising one in November sometime with Samsung to follow next year. I don't think they will be cheap! Will have to see how they work with the x500. Also I think Gio has ordered a hd fury for his x500 so look forward to hearing his comments on it.
 

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