So having returned from the shootout, a few observations on the LG OLED:
* I arrived early and was chatting with D-Nice in front of the LG. I wondered why the LG, which had no input signal, was not black, but rather a dark gray. D-Nice indicated he's seen this sporadically with both the 2013 & the 2014 models. It's not typically there, but does occasionally show up as I saw. He wasn't sure if this behavior was a form of overheating after showing high APL material or just a software glitch. He pointed it out to LG.
* When showing the Power Point slides, the ABL kicked in big time! I asked the question of the LG rep, why is the ABL so aggressive? Is it to minimize the IR since it's unlikely a power supply issue? The LG rep said it was to extend the lifespan of the set and yes, to minimize IR. Although the ABL was worse than I've seen with most plasmas with very high APL scenes (really!), I didn't see it during actual video content.
* There are apparently some color decoding or gamma issues, resulting in cyan not being displayed properly. Well, I'm used to that with my Sharp Elite. The error was very obvious with a scene of a car whose color was obviously off relative to the other displays.
So with all these issues, I obviously was turned off to the LG, right? WRONG! The LG clearly blew away, IMO, every other display there. I've seen the 2013 LG many times, but never in a dark setting. The 2014 was just gorgeous, warts and all!
I'm anxious to see the 4K OLEDs, especially after seeing the HD version.
Just a quick thought about the Samsung OLED. From my seating position (middle of the room), I was shocked at how poor the viewing angles were. Really not much better than LCD. The picture took on a significant reddish hue. In fact I asked D-Nice, who calibrated the display, why the gray scale looked so whacky. Dr. Weber told me it was the construction of the Samsung that created this off-axis issue. Viewed head on, the red push was gone.
For me this would be a deal-breaker as one of the touted advantages of OLED is viewing angles. So why give that up?
It's late here, but just wanted to share these thoughts.
I know some have been skeptical of this shootout, but I thought it was another great job by Robert and family as well as the speakers and calibrators. I also had a great talk with Joe Kane prior to the show. You won't find anyone more knowledgeable about video than Joe. We had a discussion about the wisdom and/or fear of buying a UHD TV today for fear of obsolescence tomorrow. His thoughts reaffirmed mine. More on that tomorrow if anyone is interested.