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Is HDR a Marketing Gimmick on Low to Mid Range TVs?

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I recently bought a Sony XRB-43X800D for my home office. I had a PS4 Pro and figured I'd give 4K HDR a try (and it was on-sale and fit perfectly into the room). My results with 4K HDR have been underwhelming. The picture always looks washed out in games and after a lot tinkering I got it to look ok, but it is a universe away from revolutionary. I recently picked up a Samsung UHD player on sale and the same holds true with movies. There is an undertone of milky gray to the picture, interrupted only by some pleasing light reflections. I recently watched the a movie on this set up and took the normal Blu-Ray included with the UHD-BR and watched it on my LG OLED (1080p) with a Oppo 103-D and the OLED look so much better. I couldn't even notice the downgrade in resolution.

I am starting to believe that, unless you get an OLED with HDR or an LCD set with strong local dimming, HDR is just marketing gimmick on mid-to-low end sets. Not sure if there is a consensus on this issue or if I've been spoiled by OLED. Has anyone else had a similar experience?


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