Thanks Jeff, not obtuse at all. But off the mark I think in this case and I’ll explain why…
Firstly it’s a valid point to make to a stranger on forums like this especially to a person who has admitted their (distinct) lack of knowledge! I am very green on Linux and many tech aspects of all this, but when it comes to marketing hype, I get you, 100%, but that’s certainly not the case and just shows that I didn’t explain myself properly. At nearly 50 yrs old and a “grumpy old curmudgeon” as I am so often called, I routinely get thrown out of stores for calling out marketing bull 5hit :D. My wife won’t let me go shopping with her because I just can’t stomach the crap. But enough about me… it’s not that, honest!
Of course your point about it being ‘comparative’ is a good one. I don’t have an identical machine (minus the Dolby Vision) to test the two next to each other. However I do have other machines, screens, and a Dell XPS 15, and they are all noticeably better. I did wonder why the screen wasn’t quite so ‘amazing’ (NOT that it needs to be) on this brand new machine which has better specs in most departments.
My point was not “i want the best”. Let me re-state the question and hopefully explain what I am asking for…
Just spent a lot of money on a machine. That’s my own doing of course, and indeed the choice for a machine which isn’t certified Linux-friendly was also mine and one I will live with (or reverse). And that’s kind of where I am, determining if I wasted money. You’ll note that I didn’t mention Dolby Atmos or Dolby Vision until many weeks after purchase, which should on its own put paid to the idea of me being ‘sold’ with hype.
I have merely noticed these two things long after the purchase, and now wondering if I overpaid, i.e. by purchasing ‘stuff’ I can’t actually benefit from. I am not complaining about not being able to benefit from them, just trying to see how much of this ‘package’ I paid for isn’t actually of any use to me. I’d like the best screen quality i can get, sure, who wouldn’t. But I can live with it as it is.
Please also understand my ignorance level on tech matters, which is another reason I may have given the wrong impression in my question. My mind just doesn’t ‘get’ a lot of this stuff. For example, I am wondering “if I bought a machine with Dolby Vision, but can’t use it due to lack of proprietary bits and bobs, am I actually getting a much WORSE screen performance for that reason?”
The answer may be “of course not”, but it isn’t obvious to me at all. for all I know, the screen can’t function correctly at all without that Dolby Vision stuff. The screen is passable that’s for sure, I dont ‘need’ any better.
Ignorance does make these threads much harder to ‘get right’. I often ask a question which turns out to be stupid once I understand the underlying technically stuff behind the question!
So, thanks again, no offence taken, but no I am not trying to ‘get’ Dolby Vision (which I assume is practically imperceptible as most such things are)!
Dolby Atmos - that’s another matter, as until I sort that I have two mice tweeting for speakers - But I found a thread with some instructions to try Pulse Effects and I will give that a go later. I don’t need other worldly audio, just stereo of audible levels will be perfectly usable, here’s hoping I crack that!