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Message 1642693 - Posted: 16 Feb 2015, 2:55:18 UTC

And I have yet to see an IMAX presentation...
One of those things on my bucket list.
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Message 1642697 - Posted: 16 Feb 2015, 3:04:14 UTC - in response to Message 1642693.  

And I have yet to see an IMAX presentation...
One of those things on my bucket list.

Not all IMAX screens are the same. Check out the size before you commit. The one in LA you sit so close to that your peripheral vision sees the image and you have to move your eyes around the screen in order to make in the full image. You need to be careful that you don't fall out of your chair because your eyes and ears don't always agree.
The one I saw in San Diego didn't have the same type of screen and was a disappointment.
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Message 1642698 - Posted: 16 Feb 2015, 3:14:24 UTC - in response to Message 1642697.  

And I have yet to see an IMAX presentation...
One of those things on my bucket list.

Not all IMAX screens are the same. Check out the size before you commit. The one in LA you sit so close to that your peripheral vision sees the image and you have to move your eyes around the screen in order to make in the full image. You need to be careful that you don't fall out of your chair because your eyes and ears don't always agree.
The one I saw in San Diego didn't have the same type of screen and was a disappointment.

Really? I thought that IMAX was a certain specification as to what the screen must be.
Since I had multiple eye surgeries several years ago and now sport plastic lenses in both eyes, my peripheral vision is not what it was naturally. I kinda see what is directly in front of me, and not off to the sides much. It does alter the way one reacts to sounds and other stimulai.


I do however, thank God that I can see what I can, and my seeing Avatar shortly after my eyes recovered was the most amazing experience in my last few years.
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Message 1642701 - Posted: 16 Feb 2015, 3:31:46 UTC - in response to Message 1642698.  
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And I have yet to see an IMAX presentation...
One of those things on my bucket list.

Not all IMAX screens are the same. Check out the size before you commit. The one in LA you sit so close to that your peripheral vision sees the image and you have to move your eyes around the screen in order to make in the full image. You need to be careful that you don't fall out of your chair because your eyes and ears don't always agree.
The one I saw in San Diego didn't have the same type of screen and was a disappointment.

Really? I thought that IMAX was a certain specification as to what the screen must be.
Since I had multiple eye surgeries several years ago and now sport plastic lenses in both eyes, my peripheral vision is not what it was naturally. I kinda see what is directly in front of me, and not off to the sides much. It does alter the way one reacts to sounds and other stimulai.


I do however, thank God that I can see what I can, and my seeing Avatar shortly after my eyes recovered was the most amazing experience in my last few years.

IMAX is the type of film and projector they use. Not all building are large enough to take full advantage of the process. In San Diego they use a planetarium which I am sure works fine for what it was originally designed for but as an IMAX screen the image wasn't as large and was somewhat distorted. Maybe somebody has worked out a lens to correct the problem but they didn't have it when I was there.
Even with tunnel vision you will find like in real life your eyes are wandering all over the image to take it all in. I did that with normal vision so I am sure you will still be impressed.
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Message 1642703 - Posted: 16 Feb 2015, 4:02:10 UTC - in response to Message 1642701.  

And I have yet to see an IMAX presentation...
One of those things on my bucket list.

Not all IMAX screens are the same. Check out the size before you commit. The one in LA you sit so close to that your peripheral vision sees the image and you have to move your eyes around the screen in order to make in the full image. You need to be careful that you don't fall out of your chair because your eyes and ears don't always agree.
The one I saw in San Diego didn't have the same type of screen and was a disappointment.

Really? I thought that IMAX was a certain specification as to what the screen must be.
Since I had multiple eye surgeries several years ago and now sport plastic lenses in both eyes, my peripheral vision is not what it was naturally. I kinda see what is directly in front of me, and not off to the sides much. It does alter the way one reacts to sounds and other stimulai.


I do however, thank God that I can see what I can, and my seeing Avatar shortly after my eyes recovered was the most amazing experience in my last few years.

IMAX is the type of film and projector they use. Not all building are large enough to take full advantage of the process. In San Diego they use a planetarium which I am sure works fine for what it was originally designed for but as an IMAX screen the image wasn't as large and was somewhat distorted. Maybe somebody has worked out a lens to correct the problem but they didn't have it when I was there.
Even with tunnel vision you will find like in real life your eyes are wandering all over the image to take it all in. I did that with normal vision so I am sure you will still be impressed.

Thank you for sharing all of this with me, Dena. This has moved higher up on the bucket list....LOL.
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Message 1642706 - Posted: 16 Feb 2015, 4:19:31 UTC - in response to Message 1642703.  

And I have yet to see an IMAX presentation...
One of those things on my bucket list.

Not all IMAX screens are the same. Check out the size before you commit. The one in LA you sit so close to that your peripheral vision sees the image and you have to move your eyes around the screen in order to make in the full image. You need to be careful that you don't fall out of your chair because your eyes and ears don't always agree.
The one I saw in San Diego didn't have the same type of screen and was a disappointment.

Really? I thought that IMAX was a certain specification as to what the screen must be.
Since I had multiple eye surgeries several years ago and now sport plastic lenses in both eyes, my peripheral vision is not what it was naturally. I kinda see what is directly in front of me, and not off to the sides much. It does alter the way one reacts to sounds and other stimulai.


I do however, thank God that I can see what I can, and my seeing Avatar shortly after my eyes recovered was the most amazing experience in my last few years.

IMAX is the type of film and projector they use. Not all building are large enough to take full advantage of the process. In San Diego they use a planetarium which I am sure works fine for what it was originally designed for but as an IMAX screen the image wasn't as large and was somewhat distorted. Maybe somebody has worked out a lens to correct the problem but they didn't have it when I was there.
Even with tunnel vision you will find like in real life your eyes are wandering all over the image to take it all in. I did that with normal vision so I am sure you will still be impressed.

Thank you for sharing all of this with me, Dena. This has moved higher up on the bucket list....LOL.
Meow!

Bump it up higher yet. I have been doing some poking around on the web and there are far more around than there once were. I found two links on the same web site. The first link will tell you what you need to know about the current state of IMAX and the second link will tell you where you might find a place near you that has quality IMAX.
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Message 1642804 - Posted: 16 Feb 2015, 9:50:51 UTC

Don't Forget we had Cinerama back in the 1950's.
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Message 1642891 - Posted: 16 Feb 2015, 15:02:41 UTC - in response to Message 1642804.  

Don't Forget we had Cinerama back in the 1950's.

You can't compare the two systems as they are so different. As for me, I am still trying to get a clean copy of How the west was won without the parting lines between the images. Chris, should you want to spoil yourself for life, all you need to do is go here .
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Message 1642894 - Posted: 16 Feb 2015, 15:13:06 UTC

But the concept was the same, very large screens and immersing the viewer in the experience as if they were REALLY there. I think that link you posted doesn't tempt me, a screen that big is just totally OTT. What is it with people that have to have this 150% realism? I'll wait for a star trek holodeck thanks :-))
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Message 1642911 - Posted: 16 Feb 2015, 16:44:35 UTC - in response to Message 1642703.  

And I have yet to see an IMAX presentation...
One of those things on my bucket list.

Not all IMAX screens are the same. Check out the size before you commit. The one in LA you sit so close to that your peripheral vision sees the image and you have to move your eyes around the screen in order to make in the full image. You need to be careful that you don't fall out of your chair because your eyes and ears don't always agree.
The one I saw in San Diego didn't have the same type of screen and was a disappointment.

Really? I thought that IMAX was a certain specification as to what the screen must be.
Since I had multiple eye surgeries several years ago and now sport plastic lenses in both eyes, my peripheral vision is not what it was naturally. I kinda see what is directly in front of me, and not off to the sides much. It does alter the way one reacts to sounds and other stimulai.


I do however, thank God that I can see what I can, and my seeing Avatar shortly after my eyes recovered was the most amazing experience in my last few years.

IMAX is the type of film and projector they use. Not all building are large enough to take full advantage of the process. In San Diego they use a planetarium which I am sure works fine for what it was originally designed for but as an IMAX screen the image wasn't as large and was somewhat distorted. Maybe somebody has worked out a lens to correct the problem but they didn't have it when I was there.
Even with tunnel vision you will find like in real life your eyes are wandering all over the image to take it all in. I did that with normal vision so I am sure you will still be impressed.

Thank you for sharing all of this with me, Dena. This has moved higher up on the bucket list....LOL.
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I have only seen one IMAX film and it was a documentary at the Grand Canyon.

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Message 1644030 - Posted: 19 Feb 2015, 11:51:13 UTC

Just got today's Which? report mag for March, two 4K TV's tested.

Samsung UE40HU6900 £580 72%
LG 42UB820V £499 74%

Both are Best Buys but the advice given to me was wait for the 8K sets. But if you have the cash and you need to upgrade now, either would be a good interim move.
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Message 1644038 - Posted: 19 Feb 2015, 12:05:59 UTC - in response to Message 1644030.  
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I trust Samsung more than I trust LG, I've never had a Samsung product go south on Me(go bad), LG? I have an LG monitor that I could fix, but I haven't figured out how to open up the dang casing yet, Viewsonic was easy by comparison.

I'll stick with 1080i, it's paid for and at 57" cable looks really good on it, besides nothing has the bandwidth for 4K yet outside of the net, cable TV? No chance, cable TV still can't do 1080p...

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Message 1644076 - Posted: 19 Feb 2015, 14:20:20 UTC

Virgin Media (was Telewest) has had cable HD TV since 2005.

By Matt Warman, Consumer Technology Editor
3:30PM BST 05 Jul 2013

Kim Shillinglaw, the BBC’s head of 3D who has been overseeing a two-year pilot project, told RadioTimes.com that the technology has flopped with the British public and said that the Corporation will take a three-year break from developing 3D programming once the trial ends at the end of this year.

It will come in time. I'm ready when it does.

There are currently no 4K TV channels being broadcast. But in July 2014 the DVB Steering Board approved the DVB-UHDTV Phase 1 specification, allowing for over-the-air transmission of 3840 x 2160 resolution pictures at 60Hz and promising much improved colour depth with 10 bits per pixel rather than 8.

The main problem with this new standard is that current TVs and set-top boxes will be incompatible with 4K transmissions, so you'll need to buy new gear to make use of it. Although 4K sets will make HD programs look semi 3D.

As of April 2014, Netflix became the first big name to deliver 4K content to the home. When you open the Netflix app on a 4K TV, 4K content will stream automatically where it's available. From the start, that's just House of Cards Season 2, but don't worry - there's LOTS more 4K content ready to be piped into your home.

You live in the middle of nowhere Vic, not surprising.
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Message 1644109 - Posted: 19 Feb 2015, 16:06:23 UTC - in response to Message 1644076.  


You live in the middle of nowhere Vic, not surprising.


As do I, I barely have the bandwidth to support HD where I live.

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Message 1644123 - Posted: 19 Feb 2015, 16:44:20 UTC - in response to Message 1644030.  
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Just got today's Which? report mag for March, two 4K TV's tested.

Samsung UE40HU6900 £580 72%
LG 42UB820V £499 74%

Both are Best Buys but the advice given to me was wait for the 8K sets. But if you have the cash and you need to upgrade now, either would be a good interim move.

I have read that 4K TV sizes below 55 inch are not advisable because the pixel density offers no advantage over HD.

And reviews at the moment suggest an OLED HD will give you a better picture that a 4K TV, unless of course you have a spare £2,500 or more for an OLED 4K TV.

edit] found what I was looking for http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/why-ultra-hd-4k-tvs-are-still-stupid/
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Message 1644152 - Posted: 19 Feb 2015, 17:51:09 UTC

All I can say is that I saw a 4K 55" the other week and it blew my socks off!
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Message 1655975 - Posted: 23 Mar 2015, 9:58:10 UTC
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Latest April Which? report says that for the same money as a low end 4K set you can get a larger top end HD set, and reccommend that you wait to go 4K unless money is no object. There is hardly any 4K content in the UK and wont be for 2-3 years, and the prospect of live 4K tv on Sky, Virgin, Freeview will be in 5 years. By then the 8K sets will be out. BBC London news is HD, all the regional stations use SD equipment and can't afford yet to upgrade. They will at some point with the old SD stuff going to developing countries.

This 4K is an interim product for the rich it seems. Yes a 4K set will make HD stuff look better, but you will pay for it.

BTW my Samsung UE40H6400 and Yamaha YAS93 Sound bar are both still the top Best buys from last year in their class. Best purchases I ever made.
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Message 1656292 - Posted: 24 Mar 2015, 6:54:40 UTC

Who needs a TV? If I have the urge, I will wonder into my Kids's homes/friends homes, with the latest and greatest. Doesn't happen very often.
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Message 1656310 - Posted: 24 Mar 2015, 7:56:34 UTC

I must confess I don't watch much TV myself the set was mainly for someone elses benefit. We wont be changing it for at least 10 years unless it dies on me, so I bought the best that could be afforded with some future proofing. If you are into sport it is understandable, but a good DVD film on an HD 40" is far better viewing for 3 hours than a 21" monitor! I don't go to cinemas I find the prices just to OTT. These people that have 5-6ft screens just for home use amaze me, but their home their choice, fair enough.

Manufacturers are desperate to shift 4K stuff but there is little 4K content for it, although HD pictures look much better. I would agree with the Which? verdict. I did see a 55" 4K set recently and it was pretty amazing, once you've seen one you are spoilt for anything else!
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