Ordered my dreamscreen on Friday and appears to be stuck in customs at Heathrow
I'm annoyed I didn't discover this product during its kickstarter days, only came to discover it when I came across a deal for a ambilight Phillips tv and this resulted in me discovering dreamscreen (which appeared to be the most complete and simple product currently on the market).
Anyway, I am extremely excited to set this bad boy up once it arrives, there's only so many youtube videos I can watch to past the time.
Does anyone have any tips for set up? I have a x box one s and sky box I intend to hook up individually to the splitter when using that device. With the x box I assume I need to manually change my setting to output at 1080p rather than 4k upscaling, is this correct, or will it work and downscale through the splitter?
Any suggestions of movies/shows to watch, I suspect Westworld will look really nice, some of those desert shots. Seen some videos of the lightsaber battle on star wars, will definitely be checking that out.
Also, is it worth buying some Phillips hue lights for the room, I realise the dreamsync app isn't out yet, but appears it could be arriving at the end of the month.
Many thanks in advance for any responses!
p.s - any of the men out there manage to sway their partners into accepting this is a good device, I'm getting abuse for my purchase already! Same thing happened with the vive though and she loves that now!!
Hi Priceyrice, welcome. Yeah, customs can be a bitch.
You're right, the current model of the DreamScreen (and the supplied splitter) cannot yet handle 4K, so you will have to set your Xbox to output at 1080p. I'm still looking at options for 4K scaler splitters (ie a splitter that is able to do a full 4K bypass on one output port, while downscaling to 1080p on the other output), but so far I have not been able to find anything that will both work with DS, and is not overly expensive. Other than that, setup for me was actually quite easy. Just follow the instructions (make sure to do the connections to TV and DS on the supplied splitter EXACTLY as indicated in the supplied installation instructions). And if you have any issues with the signal (no signal, bad signal, etc), the first thing to try, is always switching out the HDMI cables (cheap ones will do, as long as they're "High-Speed").
I have no experience with Philips hue lights, so I can't help you there.
I had no problems getting my partner to accept the DS... she loves it. In fact, by now she is so used to it that when she's (for example) watching youtube videos through the app on our TV, she's complaining that there's no backlight (DS only works for external signals that are input to the TV through HDMI). So I'm even contemplating adding an Android TV box (such as the new model Xiaomi 4K Mi Box with built in chromecast)... as soon as I can actually convince myself that it's worth the extra investment.
Thanks for your helpful response. I think I noticed on another post that you were looking at 4k splitters. I do wonder how long it will be until dreamscreen produce a 4k version though, I understand this will work alongside the current LEDs but will require a new splitter/remote.
I will make sure I have some spare hdmi cables that in case anything does wrong.
Good to hear about your partner, hopefully it's just as easy for me! I avoided buying one for the bedroom as I thought that may be a step too far! Sort of wish there was something I could set up in my projector room as well.
I have an android tv box which works really well, afraid I can't think of the name of it off the top of my head. I mainly use it for Kodi though, only cost around £30. Not sure it has chromecast built in though.
From what I've heard from the DS team, the next version should indeeed have 4K support built in, but I don't expect it before Q2 2017 (at the earliest). And yeah, this would definitely require a new splitter, as the current splitter is also limited to 1080p.
With regard to Android TV boxes... as far as I know, the Xiaomi 4K Mi Box is only the second box (the first one being the nVidia Shield Android TV) that has actual chromecast hardware built in... on top of that, both of them have full 4K support, that's why I'm looking at those two specifically. The Shield definitely has the better hardware specs, but it's also twice the price of the Mi Box... An alternative for me would be to buy a separate Chromecast Ultra (which also has 4K support), but the standalone chromecast is almost as expensive as the Mi Box, that's why the latter has my preference.
Thanks for looking. You're right, that device looks quite good... some of the specs are even better than of the Mi Box. And if it were just for DS, then this would do just fine. But unfortunately, for the other uses that we have in mind, Miracast won't do... it's too limited. Youtube would work, but for example Liberty Global's "Horizon Go" app supports Google Cast (chromecast) and Airplay (Apple), but won't work with Miracast.