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  • #16
    Connect the TV HDMI to the soundbar's ARC port and use the other HDMI in to directly connect from the Oppo's Audio-Only port. The only thing is, you'll need another high speed HDMI cable. It's beneficial in the sense you don't need to work the soundbar's internal switcher/ARC as much now that the Oppo has a dedicated port for audio duties.

    As for setup and configuration, I'd recommend to update to the latest firmware first.

    My current Oppo settings (most are on default, but try out what works best for you).

    Video Output Setup
    HDR : Auto
    Target Luminance: 300Nits (default). You can adjust this to your preference.
    Output Resolution: Custom
    Custom Resolution : UHD Auto
    Color Space: Auto
    Color Depth : Auto
    TV Aspect Ratio : 16:9 Wide/Auto

    Audio Output Setup
    Secondary Audio: On
    HDMI Audio Format : Auto
    S/PDIF Output : Bitstream
    DVD-Audio Mode : DVD-Audio
    SACD Priority : Stereo
    SACD Output : Auto
    A/V Sync : 0 (if you find your audio is off from the video, adjust this parameter)

    Audio Processing
    Output Volume : Fixed
    Dynamic Range Control : Off (Auto if you need loud sfx attenuated for late night listening)
    Filter Characteristics: Short-Delay Sharp
    Speaker Configuration : (mostly applicable to external analog connections, no need to set this up if using the soundbar with digital input)
    DTS Neo: 6 Mode : Off

    Device Setup
    Firmware Notification : Off (On if you want to update automatically)
    HDMI CEC: Off

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    • #17
      Just to be sure, the Oppo will know to send the audio through the Audio Only HDMI port rather than the main one if it has connections on both, correct?

      And thanks for the list. I'll definitely go through and match up most of these. I'm using this for settings for the TV so far, but if you have any ideas of what I might want to do differently given my priorities, that would be great to know as well!
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      • #18
        Originally posted by GingaDaiuchuu View Post
        Just to be sure, the Oppo will know to send the audio through the Audio Only HDMI port rather than the main one if it has connections on both, correct?
        Yes; the audio is split between the two ports automatically.


        And thanks for the list. I'll definitely go through and match up most of these. I'm using this for settings for the TV so far, but if you have any ideas of what I might want to do differently given my priorities, that would be great to know as well!
        I think those settings should be fine. You might want to see if the ISF Dark Room setting is to your liking, because that requires a really dark room and depending on any ambient lighting you might have, it's probably best to adjust the brightness if you aren't in pitch black darkness. Of course that would automatically make it a 'custom' setting, but at least the ISF serves as a baseline.

        You can also select Warm 1 and and turn down the brightness from 50 to between 35-40. If you don't like what you see with this, then try increasing the color a bit.

        Play around with the settings using actual on-disc content as well and see how much difference it makes in realtime. Usually your TV settings will ultimately be adjusted due to all, if any, external illumination in your room. So adjust accordingly, especially if you have ambient lighting surrounding the area (from other areas of the home; night lights; devices in front with LEDs on; etc.)

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Sensuifu View Post
          I think those settings should be fine. You might want to see if the ISF Dark Room setting is to your liking, because that requires a really dark room and depending on any ambient lighting you might have, it's probably best to adjust the brightness if you aren't in pitch black darkness. Of course that would automatically make it a 'custom' setting, but at least the ISF serves as a baseline.

          You can also select Warm 1 and and turn down the brightness from 50 to between 35-40. If you don't like what you see with this, then try increasing the color a bit.

          Play around with the settings using actual on-disc content as well and see how much difference it makes in realtime. Usually your TV settings will ultimately be adjusted due to all, if any, external illumination in your room. So adjust accordingly, especially if you have ambient lighting surrounding the area (from other areas of the home; night lights; devices in front with LEDs on; etc.)
          The curtains are pretty good at keeping light out, but there is some light that sneaks in. The door has a window with no covering, but it's one of those very small ones and stained glass-y rather than perfectly clear, so at least it doesn't let in much light. The curtains to the deck don't quite reach the floor, so there's a thin line of light under there. And the kitchen also has a small window, but it just has soft fabric shades that only dim the light. So I can get it pretty dark during the day, but definitely not the perfect darkness that they have.

          So I don't know if I should go with that, with the ISF Expert (Dark Room) defaults, the Cinema defaults, or something else. I don't know if any option would be better for that variability in lighting than others.

          My Kimi no Na wa. UHD BD is waiting at the post office for me to pick up in the morning, so this will probably be my last question. Just trying to get everything as perfect as possible before diving in!
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          • #20
            I wouldn't go with the ISF Dark Room then. Go with 'Standard (User)'. The settings could be fine-tuned from there, and only minimally since you aren't compensating for light leakage in a very dark room.

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            • #21
              I watched Kimi no Na wa. last night and Planet Earth II today. The Cinema option from the HDR Picture Modes that appear when it's actually getting HDR content was perfect, even though the Cinema option from the regular Picture Modes has some baffling settings like defaulting motion interpolation on. Kimi no Na wa. was crisper than any 2D animation I've seen, but the color richness was definitely what blew me away most. Planet Earth II had that as well, but the level of detail it offered was also incredible. Thanks for all the help, Sensuifu. I'm very pleased with how everything turned out.
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              • #22
                Cool; glad to hear the system is working out for you. My copy of Kimi no Na wa is still on its way...can't wait for the luscious eye candy to finally arrive.

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                • #23
                  Sorry to bump this thread after a year, but since there's only been one thread in this sub-forum since this one (ironically about Oppo ending manufacturing of new products), I figured it was probably okay. Has anyone with the Oppo UDP-203 experienced audio not being output for the first second or two after major chapter breaks, like the beginning of a menu or a new episode in a series? Any idea what might be causing this or how to remedy it?
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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by GingaDaiuchuu View Post
                    Sorry to bump this thread after a year, but since there's only been one thread in this sub-forum since this one (ironically about Oppo ending manufacturing of new products), I figured it was probably okay. Has anyone with the Oppo UDP-203 experienced audio not being output for the first second or two after major chapter breaks, like the beginning of a menu or a new episode in a series? Any idea what might be causing this or how to remedy it?
                    What you describe sounds like a delay during the HDMI handshake. Whenever the player does something that causes the connection to drop like changing resolution, each component in the chain has to handshake with each other again to re-establish it. One of the components is likely slower during the handshake which is causing the couple seconds of delay in the audio starting.

                    What all components do you have and how are they connected together?
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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by chronoclast View Post

                      What you describe sounds like a delay during the HDMI handshake. Whenever the player does something that causes the connection to drop like changing resolution, each component in the chain has to handshake with each other again to re-establish it. One of the components is likely slower during the handshake which is causing the couple seconds of delay in the audio starting.

                      What all components do you have and how are they connected together?
                      The Oppo has a standard HDMI Out port as well as one specifically for audio. I have one HDMI cable going from the main HDMI Out port to the TV's first HDMI In port and another going from the Audio Only port to the soundbar's HDMI In port. My other devices are connected directly to my TV, which I then use another HDMI port from for its HDMI Arc output to the soundbar.
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                      • #26
                        As a test, try disconnecting the audio-only HDMI connection from the Oppo to the Soundbar and just send the audio to the soundbar the same way as all your other equipment, from the TV to the soundbar. You're currently sending the audio to both the TV and the soundbar using the dual hdmi ports on the Oppo, so maybe the soundbar is getting audio from both the TV and the Oppo, and is having an issue determining which audio to use? The audio loop could be an issue, I don't know. The dual HDMI ports on the Oppo are designed mainly for projector setups, where the primary HDMI port with video and audio is ran directly to a projector which generally has no audio circuits, and the audio-only port is connected to the surround processor/receiver.
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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by t-Roy View Post
                          As a test, try disconnecting the audio-only HDMI connection from the Oppo to the Soundbar and just send the audio to the soundbar the same way as all your other equipment, from the TV to the soundbar. You're currently sending the audio to both the TV and the soundbar using the dual hdmi ports on the Oppo, so maybe the soundbar is getting audio from both the TV and the Oppo, and is having an issue determining which audio to use? The audio loop could be an issue, I don't know. The dual HDMI ports on the Oppo are designed mainly for projector setups, where the primary HDMI port with video and audio is ran directly to a projector which generally has no audio circuits, and the audio-only port is connected to the surround processor/receiver.
                          I thought this had fixed it at first, because it does seem to get to the audio more quickly if the cable connected to the Audio Only port is disconnected and the input on the soundbar is on HDMI Arc, but once I tested with some episodes that start right off with words, I could hear that I was losing the first syllable even with that setup, every time.
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                          • #28
                            I read earlier in the thread that your soundbar has an input and output for HDMI. Is your soundbar able to pass-through 4k video? If it can without issue, instead of splitting the audio and video from the Oppo, just run them both on one HDMI cable so the video passes through the soundbar out to the TV. That might fix the audio delay and you won't have a potential audio loop either.
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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by chronoclast View Post
                              I read earlier in the thread that your soundbar has an input and output for HDMI. Is your soundbar able to pass-through 4k video? If it can without issue, instead of splitting the audio and video from the Oppo, just run them both on one HDMI cable so the video passes through the soundbar out to the TV. That might fix the audio delay and you won't have a potential audio loop either.
                              Sounds like it's not. That was what I initially thought I would have to do before I was informed about HDMI Arc, but once I was, I didn't worry about getting a sound system that could pass through the video content I'd need handled. I thought that the HDMI Arc functionality would've effectively resulted in the same process, just going through the TV first instead of second.
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                              • #30
                                The only other thing I can think of to test is to split the audio and video from the Oppo over HDMI to the soundbar and TV but run an optical cable from the TV to the soundbar instead and disable ARC in the TV's settings.
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