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  1. DoggieHowser

    The Official 4K Ultra H D - Blu Ray Thread

    The Avengers are out. When is the next 20% sale? [emoji51]
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    BMW M135i

    I find the 125i a sweet spot too. It comes with the good brakes and decent uprated suspension and some nice gizmos though not what’s in the 140. Decently revvy. I can push it a lot more in daily driving than I can on the M2.
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    BMW M135i

    BMW’s cruise control with manual transmissions seem a bit better at keeping to set speeds than on my old Fiesta ST. lost 3?4? Points on a 60kmh road even with the cruise control enabled on the Ford
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    BMW M135i

    Check the prototype review. Faster than M2 even in non M spec.
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    Black Panther

    Totally. I mean.. what are we? Savages? how long does it have to go on for?
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    BMW M135i

    There is a setting in idrive menus that allows you to change how sensitive it is to the radar/camera sensors.
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    BMW M135i

    Might be worth getting an XPel paint protection if you plan to do hill runs
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    much much needed on new Dolby Vision titles. Black levels look really bad on DV encoded titles when played back in regular HDR modes.
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    Black Panther

    I have watched the movie 3x now. First time was in an Atmos cinema, second on iTunes and again last night on the UHD disc. The Atmos soundtrack on the UHD seems a little more muted (basswise) than it was in the cinema - which I was able to offset by cranking up the Crowson Tactile Transducers. In terms of picture quality - man, not to sound racist but the black levels are terrible. Everything in the opening scenes (in Oakland and in Nigeria) looked crushed/dark . I did think it was an issue with the Dolby Vision transfer. I watch primarily on the Sony 760ES with an Oppo 203 so no Dolby Vision enabled. I also did some test scenes on the Sony ZD9 with the DV firmware update and a Sony 205 (with DV firmware update) and a Panasonic 900. The Panasonic had the same washed out look on the Sony ZD9 (no DV) but on the Oppo, the blacks and shadow detail looked much better. As the movie goes - I did like that it followed a less traditional superhero arc than others that came before, and Michael B Jordan even in the third showing was still a compelling fleshed out villain.
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    Sunday 7 : Fastest cars under $70k

    ooh can't wait. new A class?
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    Sunday 7 : Fastest cars under $70k

    which car did u end up getting?
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    Oppo Uhd 4K Player

    It was interesting reading until I reached the part where he said it measures the same as the 105 and therefore sounds the same as the 105 Has he heard the 105 vs the 205?? How anyone can say they sound the same is beyond me
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    has anyone checked for vertical banding on the Sony A1/A8? I hate my friend for showing it to me on my C7. Now can't be unseen. I see it in Xbox One X menus now *wails*
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    The Official 4K Ultra H D - Blu Ray Thread

    sumofabeech. really??? For the US release.. https://ultrahd.highdefdigest.com/57599/thematrix4kultrahdbluray.html In what might be a first (or, at least, a rarity) in the 4K era, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment used a new 4K restoration and Digital Intermediate to create both a 2160p HEVC-encoded Ultra HD Blu-ray with Dolby Vision (and HDR10) high dynamic range grading in the DCI P3 color space, AND a new 1080p AVC MPEG-4-encoded Blu-ray with standard dynamic range grading in the Rec.709 color space. At a time when studios simply include the old Blu-ray and call it a day, this is terrific news, but there's one catch. If you want to enjoy this new transfer or the new Dolby Atmos mix on Blu-ray disc, you have to purchase this 4K set. (NOTE: if this changes, do let us know.) Blu-ray -- 4.0 Stars This is primarily a 4K review, but let's start with the new Blu-ray first because, in and of itself, it's a dramatic upgrade from the 2009-era Blu-ray. Even though our writer awarded that release a 5-star video grade at the time, in hindsight, and in comparing all three discs for this review, I'd call the original MatrixBlu-ray a 3.0 or 3.5 transfer at best. It's a mess of digital tinkering, poor detail rendering, smeared color grading, and banding galore. Pop in this new Blu-ray and you are rewarded with more detail, improved contrast, and much less banding. In other words, the 1080p Blu-ray is an obvious upgrade that makes its older sibling look fugly by comparison. Also, I'd argue this new master looks much closer to the film's original theatrical presentation and less like the Reloaded/Revolutions green-everywhere color grading that was a bit like that first Fellowship of the Ring Blu-ray. Skin tones and contrast are on point and there's plenty of shadow detail, but without HDR, black levels hover somewhere just-above true black. The special and visual effects still look good, for the most part, save for the CGI-generated machines, which can seem a bit flat and cartoony when not drenched in shadows. There's also a touch of banding and haloing around contrasty subjects, but it's not severe. Despite a few flaws, The Matrix has never looked better in HD. Available on both the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray (thank you, Warners!), The Matrix roars to life with an intense, reference quality Atmos mix that's sure to test the accuracy of any Dolby Atmos home theater system or sound bar. The movie has been a go-to demo disc since the days of DVD, but this is a whole other level. If any of you read my recent Gladiator and Braveheart 4K reviews, you may recall that I enjoyed those mixes, but felt they were holding back in terms of overhead immersion. The Matrix, by comparison, is foot-to-the-floor wide open throttle the whole time. And the best part? Because the movie oozes kinetic, mind-bending visuals, aggressive overhead and surround panning fits the aesthetic perfectly. Rain and thunder cascade from above. When the camera pushes into The Matrix, it feels like you're falling into another world. When the bullets slow down to super slow motion, it sounds like they're just missing you. We're talking Fury Road levels of hemispherical immersion, folks, and this sound mix is shiny and chrome on the road to Valhalla -- oh, what a day, what a lovely day! LFE effects are also impressive, punctuating gunshots and explosions with heart-pounding grunt. Dialogue is clean and intelligible. Don Davis' pulsating score also surrounds the audience as it helps build the movie's sensations of tension, horror, and wonder. Everything sounds clean and dynamic and like it was recorded in 2018, not 1999. Honestly, if Warners can make an older mix sound this good, Disney should be embarrassed by their new releases. If you have a Dolby Atmos sound system, you're going to love The Matrix.
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    Kef LS 50 compared to Kef LS 50 Wireless

    My bad https://www.naimaudio.com/product/uniti-atom I meant the Atom. You would use a USB HDD and USB CD ROM to rip CDs. Or get the Nova with the CD player/ripper. Or you can use a USB CD ROM and a NAS I believe to rip CDs. If you don't need ripping, the Cyrus Lyric is a nice combo too.