As above, you get what you pay for. There are plenty of cheap Android boxes that claim to play 4K but I honestly don't know if they are any good.Thanks for the Info. Are there any other cheaper alternatives at all?
Thanks for the Info. Are there any other cheaper alternatives at all?
You can certainly play back the 4k file at 1080p but the problem comes in with the colours as it’s not an SDR image so you typically end up with something very muted and washed out lookingThanks for the advice. The Vero 4K looks like a more affordable option.
If you are playing a UHD mkv file is it possible to display at 1080p with any of these boxes (i.e Nvidia Shield and Vero 4K?), as I might need that sometimes for an older projector.
Thanks for the info. The Zidio sounds decent. Is it the only box that downgrade HDR to SDR for a non HDR display? Or do some of the others do it too?Other credible options are Zidoo or Zappiti. I had a Zappiti but now have a number of Zidoo boxes, including a Zidoo X9S hooked up to an Epson 9300. It played both 1080p and 4K MKVs flawlessly, and can even downgrade HDR to SDR when playing back to a non HDR display.
Is it the only box that downgrade HDR to SDR for a non HDR display? Or do some of the others do it too?
Ok that’s helpful. Thanks for the info!There is no exact standard for tone mapping or converting REC 2020 (The colour system used for UHD) to REC709 (The Colour system used for HD.
Almost all of the boxes will 'have a go at it' but it wont give you "The correct" REC 709 colours on an HD screen versus just watching the original rec 709 blu ray version.
You get something like ...
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When the Rec709 version should look like...
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I believe Panasonic UHD Blu-ray players used to be regarded as pretty at doing this with discs, but i have no idea if they would play mkvs or if the interface wasn't hateful to use.
I came to the conclusion if you actually want it to look "right" its better to give a 1080p projector a 1080p image.