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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1751 Post by DarkImbecile » Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:41 pm

I think even for standard Blu-rays the difference is substantial in the colors and black levels; just watched the Criterion Days of Heaven the other night, and it was spectacular.

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#1752 Post by mfunk9786 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:54 pm

Oh, absolutely. The rising tide of that TV's up-scaling and color depth floats all boats.

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#1753 Post by cdnchris » Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:58 pm

Yes, even my wife (who really doesn't give a shit about this kinda stuff) had to admit it was an amazing TV (and she's been getting more use of it than me so far!) I'm not all for 4K digital copies yet, or streaming, but I was impressed with how the 4K Buster Scruggs and Roma looked on Netflix, much better than I would have expected. I have some 4K digital copies (from codes I got from the 4K disc counterparts) I'll try out at some point. But I'm thrilled with the 4K discs I've been trying out. The Pixar films I tried, stuff like The Last Jedi and a couple Marvel films, they all looked great, and I was even pleased with Goodfellas. Very clear upgrades. I wasn't sold on 4K because my father-in-law has a 4K set-up and I wasn't all that impressed when I saw it. But I suspect he doesn't have everything set up correctly because it's night-and-day for me now. The blacks are really incredible on their own.

And yes, it all upscales well. My Blu-rays (that I've tried) look great, and I was even impressed with some of the DVDs (though, yeah, they're still limited).

I'll be lucky to get a Toblerone for Christmas this year after this, but it was well worth it.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1754 Post by Michael Kerpan » Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:27 pm

Our 10 year old Samsung plasma TV (which worked great last night) stopped working today (maybe relevant maybe not -- we had a very brief power outage earlier in the day). Now, when the power is turned on, it does nothing but maybe a sort of click every few seconds. Is it possible to get these things fixed anymore? Is it worth trying? Will something like a new LG OLED55C8 be so much better that I wont miss my old TV?

In any event -- very bummed out.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1755 Post by movielocke » Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:43 pm

We had our then four year old Panasonic plasma repaired over four years Ago and even then I had to diagnose it online and do it myself. And because the replacement parts supply was all exhausted at that point and since there were no more parts, repair shops couldn’t fix it (and parts were not even being manufactured anymore) so to repair it, (it was a common model failure with some bad solder on the circuit boards) I had to open up the tv, disconnect everything, remove all the circuit boards, pack the circuit boards up and ship them to Ohio to be repaired by the specialists. Wait a bunch of weeks to receive them back and then reassembled and reconnect everything.

Has worked like a charm since, but it was a process (about 300$ overall and a couple hours labor). If you’re not comfortable building computers it would be pretty intimidating, fairly standard plugging unlugging and connecting and screwing otherwise.:.

But it might not be worth it now. 4k TVs are way cheaper and the plasma tv is older, I probably wouldn’t today.

So the risk is that parts and expertise to repair it could be hard to come by and a repair cost of even a few hundred bucks is one third to one half the cost of an excellent and probably superior new tv.

I would not order from amazon though. Their counterfeiting problem is so big and so bad any expensive item is likely to be counterfeit, and since they store all products that look the same together (even if they come to the amazon warehouse from different countries!) it’s a literal luck of the draw if you get a genuine expensive item or a counterfeit. And amazon officially doesn’t care about counterfeits they sell because it doesn’t harm them in any way. We ordered our second tv from b and h.

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#1756 Post by David M. » Sun Jun 30, 2019 12:43 am

Michael Kerpan wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:27 pm
Will something like a new LG OLED55C8 be so much better that I wont miss my old TV?
Yes.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1757 Post by Michael Kerpan » Sun Jun 30, 2019 12:49 am

I never order electronics stuff from Amazon (not even memory cards) -- B&H Photo always.

We have someone local who does these fixes (at least for newer TVs) -- I'll see what he has to say about this. If it weren't for the money, I know what I'd LIKE to do. I'm currently using a 13 year old receiver (nice Onkyo one -- but not AV) -- I wonder do I need to upgrade this too. ;-)

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1758 Post by Adam Grikepelis » Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:06 am

Michael Kerpan wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:27 pm
maybe relevant maybe not -- we had a very brief power outage earlier in the day). Now, when the power is turned on
Unfortunately, this was likely the cause. A brief loss & restoration of power can kill the power supply in electronics, which depending on the item's value, can sometimes not be worth replacing. I'd let your local guy check it out before deciding - unless you really want that new TV :wink:

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1759 Post by movielocke » Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:30 am

We got a new onkyo receiver about eight years ago, mostly so I could do hdmi switching for all our devices. That was handy but when we moved I never did the attic runs to support surround sound and since I don’t really play games anymore, I just use the Tv to do the hdmi switching with an optical audio return to the receiver for the front three speakers.

Also, the onkyo receiver makes a physical “Click——CLACK” sound every time you changed the channel on direct tv (because it was trying to adjust to the channels resolution or some such silliness) so running the hdmi straight to the tv and the audio to the receiver took away the problem.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1760 Post by Michael Kerpan » Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:33 pm

We still just have old (but good) stereo speakers -- no likelihood of changing them until they die. ;-)

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1761 Post by movielocke » Sun Jun 30, 2019 2:29 pm

Michael Kerpan wrote:We still just have old (but good) stereo speakers -- no likelihood of changing them until they die. ;-)
Yeah unless you’re a surround sound die hard, receivers are utterly pointless now, Ive found I kind of prefer just having the stereo pair in the front, and if it’s a fancy sounding movie, I’d rather just put on headphones for it, which sound better than home surround sound anyway.

And I’ve been incredibly impressed with the sound bars I’ve seen people have, feels like those are making receivers obsolete.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1762 Post by cdnchris » Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:01 pm

My wife's not thrilled with our remote control situation and I need to finally invest in a universal remote. I have directtv and had been using that remote for some things but it won't properly control the receiver (outside of volume) and won't work with other devices.

Does anyone have any recommendations for one? Everything runs through the AV receiver (a Yamaha) so it would be nice if it could handle basic functions for it, (power, volume, switch inputs), TV, my Blu-ray players, and the DirecTV box.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1763 Post by Michael Kerpan » Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:07 pm

I think we have 7 or so remote controls in use....

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1764 Post by cdnchris » Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:13 pm

Counting the Amazon Fire we are using 6, so you got me beat

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1765 Post by fdm » Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:22 pm

A couple of years ago I got the Harmony Elite universal remote. It works for everything I have (including directv). One remote to replace them all. It takes a few iterations to get everything set up just right, but I haven't had to do anything with it except use it for quite some time. I have about a dozen devices programmed into it.

The nice thing about it is it comes with a hub which blasts the IR signal all over the room you are in so you don't have to aim the remote at anything. Wi-fi is required for the hub.

Select an activity (e.g., watch import blu-ray), everything relevant starts up, start watching. Switch over to directv? Select the directv activity and directv comes on and import blu-ray player is powered off. Done? Hit the off button and everything that was still on shuts off.

Harmony has less elaborate remotes also, but this is the only one I've had. (The Elite (or rather its hub) may be the only way to control certain devices that don't do infrared, like Roku, so whatever controls Roku (too early for me to remember, too lazy to look) necessitates more than just the infrared that Harmony's lesser remotes may only provide.)

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1766 Post by jedgeco » Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:54 pm

I also have the Harmony Elite, and generally recommend it.

Logitech is really the only game in town these days for a sophisticated universal remote. It does take a pretty good bit of time to customize, though; for example, by default, the remote communicates with the Hub, which then blasts out signals to your equipment, and does not send an IR signal straight from the remote. You can change this behavior, but it's buried in a menu somewhere.

The Elite is, I think, the third Harmony remote I've had, and by far it's the best, both in terms of build quality and functions. It's also the first Harmony that allows you to program "macro" functions and assign them to a single button, so I'm now able to push one button and it sends all the signals to change the Region Code on my Blu-ray player, which seems like the laziest thing in the world, but makes me much more likely to watch a Region B disc.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1767 Post by fdm » Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:59 pm

Thought to check amazon (while I was checking some of my recent purchases) and there is a 20% off coupon available for the Harmony Elite as I type.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1768 Post by cdnchris » Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:10 pm

I was waiting for something like that. Thanks!

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1769 Post by Calvin » Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:37 pm

I've got a 4K TV arriving tomorrow, and I'm keen to buy a 4K Blu-Ray player that also has multiregion capability for Blu-Ray discs. Does anybody know what the cheapest option for this would be in the UK? This modified LG UBK80 is the cheapest that I've found so far, is that a decent model?

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1770 Post by DarkImbecile » Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:43 pm

Is your TV also an LG? I’ve heard of some compatibility issues between 4K TVs from one company and UHD players from another...

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