[mythtv-users] Best Hardware to exploit a nice TV

Rick Lane lists at timeforabrew.com
Mon Aug 12 08:44:51 UTC 2019

Thanks for your thoughts John, much appreciated.

I'm very much aware that I'm being 'sold-at' in the shop, we at least
managed to walk away on the day to give me chance to arm myself with
some info. I'm one of those annoying people that likes to be more
informed than the salesperson.

The content is a very valid point - aside from the SD/HD/4K pixel
count, I heard an interesting documentary a while back where they
discussed how tech at home has changed how TV is filmed. A
cinematographer explained when we all had small TVs, a person talking
would be framed with their head filling the whole screen so the viewer
could read the emotions of the character - and if you watch the same
thing now on a huge screen it can be somewhat jarring. At the same
time I find that on-screen ticker tapes / score cards are sized
significantly smaller than they used to be as it's assumed rather
annoyingly that everyone's got a big tv.

Comments on connectivity duly noted. I want to future-proof and keep
usability in mind so myth doesn't fall by the wayside simply due to
the rest of the family being unable to find it around the forest of
apps, consoles, devices and remotes, which seems increasingly
difficult. Convergence seems a dirty word these days. Research
research research....

Thanks again

On Sun, 11 Aug 2019 at 22:32, John Pilkington <johnpilk222 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 09/08/2019 11:15, Rick Lane wrote:
> > Hi,
> > After over 15 years of budget/hand-me-down TVs and my wife being
> > unable to see the differences in screen/image quality that I could,
> > nor the benefits of a larger size, she last weekend saw a 2019
> > Panasonic 65' OLED and decided that we're having one as soon as we
> > have saved up for it. The image quality is incredible.
> >
> > I'm slightly behind on all the technologies and formats related to 4k
> > - HDR and all that. My current front/backend machine is built on an
> > ASRock QC5000M-ITX/PH, which has an A4-5000 Quad-Core APU. Does anyone
> > else use similar kit to drive a high quality screen or do i need to
> > think about upgrading to a discrete GPU? Or something else entirely,
> > ie a Shield, etc. Or an app running on the Smart TV side of the new
> > screen (Kodi?)
> >
> > Thanks
> > Rick
> I don't want to provoke marital conflict or dampen a long-held ambition,
> but have you (both) seen that TV playing content from sources that you
> are likely to use?  Store displays will often use material of a quality
> that you might not be able or willing to access.
> And I would suspect that with a top-end TV it might be best to let its
> own GPUs do as much of the signal processing as you can arrange.  That
> would depend on how much you use skipping and speed variation, for example.
> Of course, you might also find that enhanced connectivity will change
> your viewing choices.  You could get the connectivity much cheaper...
> --------------------
> Let me make another point:  I have always been sceptical about the
> benefits of more pixels for many TV programmes, and store few HD
> recordings.  But I just recorded a Prom from both BBC FOUR and BBC FOUR
> HD, and note that while SD comes with stereo, HD says it has 6 channels.
>   I don't have a system that can play all those, but you did ask about
> hardware  upgrades.
> Cheers,
> John P
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