Going back in time I remember the switch from SD to HD, that is from video to DVD; and, I was a very early adopter. I bought a nice expensive Denon player, that died a year and a day after purchase.
This new format went hand in hand with higher resolution screens, rendering (sic) my videos as soft focus, as well as demonstrating the superior sound available via DVD.
In due course I replaced all my videos with DVDs and then ripped them to my SAN for backup and resilience.
The came BluRay.
BluRay was better, but not by a country mile. By buying the Oppo 105D I got Darbee processing, something that is NOT available on the now discontinued later models - although they may have a different upscaling solution, and this bought the quality to within a sliver of my BRs on my Phillips ultra widescreen HD TV.
My decision here was to simply buy high octane blockbusters on BR and stick with DVD for everything else.
And now we have 4k. My understanding is that whilst hollywood shoots in 4k it masters in 2k:
4k vs 1080
Obviously many people today are streaming at lower resolutions and with lower quality soundtracks, and I am happy to ignore the market place, in the same way that I don’t listen to low resolution MP3.
I can see why hardware and software companies like new standards. I am FAR from convinced that this is a good move for a movie buff.
Q: Does a 4k TV render DVDs poorly?
I would hope that there would be upscaling in the TV or BR player to obfuscate this.
Q: When NOT sitting and concentrating do can people really tell the difference between BR and 4k, or even upscaled DVD?
Q: Anyone partaken in a blind (sic) watching test?
Frankly, I hope that this will not become an issue for me for many years, as I feel no need to replace my TV or BR player, but it is always sensible to plan for the inevitable.
Thoughts and opinions gratefully received.