Did my initial set-up. Out of box picture is not good. None of my many LG's over the years have had a good out of box picture so this is nothing new. I went and turned off all the usual suspects and proceeded. My first impressions are as follows:
It's a nice looking piece of gear. Overall build quality if fine. Power cable is non-detachable. HDMI inputs 2 thru 4 are on the side, however #1
(w/ ARC) is on the back which makes things a bit screwy for my cabling. I just renumbered my inputs on the Harmony One so I could keep my cable runs in the same place.
Initial boot time was at least 4 or 5 minutes while the system loaded for the first time. I bypassed all the smart TV stuff for now and went straight into the Picture adjustment menus.
For me, the curve is unwanted, unnecessary and induces slight perceived geometry anomalies. This would be much less on a larger screen I would think. Many members here are likely to be put off by the curve, slight as it is. Other than LG having a problem manufacturing flat OLED screens, I really see no need for it to be curved. It is not a selling point for me. I can get used to it. *** wish it were flat though
I do NOT like the new menu system OR the way it works in regards to raising and lowering values on the settings. It is just a bit too clever for it's own good and not immediately intuitive. I will get used to it, but it has initially slowed me down some. You can not wrap around to the top of the list from the bottom either. Maybe a firmware update will fix that I am hoping. Using the included remote is not as fast as using a properly programmed Harmony, and my only real use for the magic remote is to use the cursor when needed.
I notice the motion handling seem "off" to me and settings that worked perfectly with all other LG TV's are not cutting the mustard right now. I will need to play with it some more over the next few days. This alone MIGHT be a deal breaker. I saw judder where I never saw it before with any of my other LG's. A bit scary actually and it is on m mind as I type this. Only working with 60hz right now and don't expect to see the same thing with 24 fps content. (I hope)
Finding the "sweet spot" between OLED level, Contrast and Brightness is the key and with this tech they are not quite working the way I am used to. Please share your settings. Once I get it looking right to me I will post mine.
I can say right now that I saw virtually no signs of horizontal lines and I tried as much varied content as my full channel lineup has to offer. Golf, Hockey, Baseball and Tennis all looked good on pans with solid backgrounds. No unwanted "star burst" type effects (rings) on fadeouts and no visible horizontal banding either. Again , the only nasty thing I saw tonight was jerky motion on content I watch nightly. I am honestly surprised this would even be an issue.. Time will tell what it is going to take to get rid of it. (if anyone has any suggestions, now is the time) Thanks!
I only worked with one input this afternoon, the one connected to my FIOS Motorola DVR. Virtually impossible to calibrate it really as the signal , bit rate and overall PQ on each channel varies greatly. Basically, I already know it will be a trade off with the DVR input. It always is. Tomorrow I am diving into the Oppo 95 input and have Spears and Munsil at the ready. That should give me a much better idea of where this TV is at regarding the interplay between the main picture adjustments.
A few times I got very close to an excellent picture but I was just ball parking things for now. Again, your DVR is not a good place to start trying to dial in this beastie. Tomorrow will tell the tale, however long it takes me I will not stop until I get it looking right.
Speaker level is much lower for the shown number than my last few LG's. Of course none of us are planning on using them for anything more than minor viewing at best....... Speaker bar in the LA9700 blows this away sound wise. No surprise there.
Menu screens all seem a bit sluggish compared to the LA9700 this is hopefully replacing. I find some of the menu decisions to be dubious at best and long for the previous OS. It will take a bit of time before I get fast with this.
So that's it for now. Out of box picture less than stellar, and motion problems are readily apparent. The PQ can be dealt with, not so sure about the Tru Motion algorithm.