Originally Posted by Desk.
This has not been my experience.
Generally, if something's going to go wrong with an electrical item it usually happens very quickly.
This is why, perhaps with the exception of very high-end items, I generally don't bother with a warranty beyond the standard one-year guarantee.
If I might ask, why are you buying both the 9300 and the 8800? You're planning to keep both sets, I take it.
Its not that a defect is going to magically appear three months later, it's just that you don't notice things immediately. It might take a certain piece of content to bring it out, or someone else to point it out to you. I just bought a new vehicle two months ago. At first I loved it but after about a week I can tell you a good dozen things that annoy me.
Yes keeping both the 9390 and 8800, they are going in different room in my house. 9300 will be in our master bedroom, 8800 will be in our babies room. Yes, our baby is starting off life with an OLED! Will be fun using it in art mode for him, and then we'll also watch it ourselves when we are in his room. At 3K, I couldn't pass up the 8800, especially when the next closest major retailer is at 4200. BB still lists it at 10k!
8800 will be here early next week. Picked up the EC9300 last night from Best Buy. First impressions:
Black levels are amazing, but we already knew that would be the case
Grey does have some uniformity issues, such as when I open the Amazon app
Super thin, I put a cigarette next to it and the TV is thinner!
First content I watched was Hell On Wheels Blu-Ray, really glad I watched a bluray first as the PQ was insane. Skin tones are fabulous, and this is the first set I've ever owned that I didn't immediately dive into settings and start tweaking. It was already impressive out of the box. Usually the first thing I'll do on a new TV is turn off the motion handling aka soap opera effect, but this set doesn't have a soap opera effect out of the box! While the bluray was great, I was considerably less impressed when watching Netflix, Amazon, and Charter Cable HD feed on a Tivo box. I think the display may be so good that it makes defects in source quality overly apparent. Same reason I don't wear wife beaters or skinny jeans
WebOS, the interface is goofy. Way more complex than it needs to be. Out of the box I couldn't even figure out how to just switch to hdmi 2 for example. You have to "setup a device" and tell it exactly what is plugged into hdmi 2 before you can access it. It's also super slow, never seen a TV so slow to switch through the settings menu.
The remote needs a lot more buttons. If it's going to control all your devices, it should at least have a pause and play button. Maybe there is a way to so it, but not an obvious one. I did like that you don't have to use it as a motion remote (does anyone really like that?) you can also just press the arrows to scroll through menus.
ABL. I've never seen ABL before, only heard it mentioned on here. What a bummer, it's quite annoying during bright scenes. Maybe someone could hack it to turn it off? If it's just an issue of the set burning out, I'd be willing to settle for reduced life span if it meant no ABL.
Sorry this post isn't more technical for your spec nerds out there, if my TV "tracks 2.4" is generally not something a normal person would know or care about. I'll leave those types of posts for the pros, I'm just a regular enthusiast. If there is something specific you want me to look or test for, just ask.
Oh, the curve isn't that bad. Very subtle compared to other curved sets I've seen. Sound is average, you'll need at least a soundbar, but what TV can't you say that about? XBR900 maybe.