FYI - Balthazar2k4 asked about how to config JRiver Media Center for UHD Playback, so hence this thread.
Each of us will have our own concept of value for money that balances what we get, for what we pay. A new JRiver user will pay US$60 for a Windows Lic and then upgrades (about 1 per year) is another $25-30. For me that is unbelievable value for money vs the $$$ I’ve spend on Media, AVR, PJ, Screens, Speakers etc etc. I’ve not bothered to go through all the non-UHD BD Features as it is OT regarding UHD playback.
FWIW, there is a wealth of in depth madVR discussions in the Doom thread for those that are keen on it, but I should point out a couple of things since they were raised:
- madshi (madVR dev) currently favours nVidia GPU’s over AMD and is using them with his upcoming $10K “Envy” video processor. Let the battle between nVidia / AMD / Intel continue! madshi has also hinted about using the Ray Tracing engine in the RTX GPUs but I’m sticking with cheaper 1660ti’s for now.
- there is also plenty of discussion on the pros and cons of 8-bit with dithering vs 10-bit, vs 12-bit. Suffice to say, I use 8-Bit RGB with madVR doing HDR Tone mapping for UHD at 23.976 - 60fps.
- I’ve tested and reviewed many HTPC setups and iGPU can be used… but only with the lowest settings and HDR --> SDR tone mapping has to be set in “Dumb Mode”, end even then you are out of luck with HFR UHD material. If you want to best out of your HTPC, you absolutely need a good GPU. Here is a link to my latest review of a NUC8 as a UHD HTPC if you want more details. - https://yabb.jriver.com/interact/index.php/topic,118012.0.html
Anyway, happy to take any questions regarding UHD Playback in JRiver either in this thread or the JRiver forum. I’ll be next to useless on other progs however!