Can I just connect a 4K Bluray player to a 4K TV bought 2 years ago?
My friend Darron Koh asked me: “I have a 4K TV bought 2 years ago, now that 4K Bluray player is available. Can I just buy one and connect to my TV?”
Just finished a short review of Samsung’s UBD-K8500 UHD Bluray Disc player. Should be published in the AV2day in a couple of day’s time. You might find the reading helpful.
In brief, a 4K UHDTV will accept a 4K signal from a UHD Bluray Disc player although it is doubtful that a 2 year old UHDTV will be compatible with the equally important HDR (High Dynamic Range) picture enhancement feature that is part of the UHD Bluray Disc specification.
Nevertheless you will still get a very good picture just from the increased resolution of the UHD Bluray format (4 times higher than conventional Bluray). One of the major benefit of a much higher resolution is that it will (if you are into projection screen) enable a much bigger picture throw, provided the projector is bright enough to begin with.
If I may add, having to use the Samsung UBD-K8500 over a month now with the first Samsung UHD Curve TV came out in 2014, it will still work but I am not able to enjoy the HDR benefit. But you will still be able to watch the native 4K source from the player. The more important element you need to check with your 2 year old TV is whether its HDMI port is HDCP 2.2 compliant. Without this, you will not be able to see 4K video from the player.