Hello folks, so I've finally gotten my new flat LG Gallery OLED (55EA8800) and spent some quality time with it and wanted to give you my impressions so far! Maybe this makes more sense to post in the LG 55EA9800 Owner's thread since there are alarmingly few 55EA8800 people on here, which is crazy, but, this screen, in all of its unsullied flat glory, deserves its own thread. I first posted this in the "The wait for flat LG 4K OLED sreens. Coping and speculation"
thread, which I'd actually recommend reading since it includes a little chronicling of my thought process leading up to deciding on this one, so here is a link to that: http://www.avsforum.com/forum/40-fla...eculation.html
I have been waiting for so long for an OLED to be here and finally be mine, and I wasn't disappointed! In short, I am extremely happy with this TV! I've been effusive with over-the-top hyperbole, and am regularly giddy to spend time with it. With this, I feel that my entertainment setup is finally perfect, and I am thrilled! Such sweet satisfaction! I just watched The Matrix and The Dark Knight Rises blu-rays on it, and they are easily the most visually thrilling experiences I have ever had. The effect of the contrast and the richness of the picture are so deeply satisfying and addictive. It truly is a very special screen. I've been so certain that the experience of perfect black and solved contrast ratio would be huge for me, and I was right! So I'll just start listing out some observations I've had:
The experience of having such a perfect contrast and perfect black is so addictive and endearing that I've even found that it's a temptation to get "greedy" in the settings by exaggerating the blacks. You can start to see that some blu-rays, or perhaps lesser blu-rays, have their own way of dishing out blacks, and while the richness is always clearly there even when it doesn't plunge to the bottom of the black, it's taken discipline to not fuss with the settings to sort of smash down those instances when a blu-ray deliberately isn't doing 100% black in a scene that could. Doing this would've punished you on other screens, but even when things are blacker than they should be there is a lot of poppiness to be had.
With a screen like this, and being addicted to the contrast ratio and perfect black, so far I often hop up out of my seat to peer into the difference between the "black" black and adjacent pixels that might have some details on it with near-black to really get a sense of what's going on and to test the limits of the black and whether there is any light emitting from those pixels. When there is a scene with a significant amount of "black" black and some very bright areas in the same movie scene, it gets to the point where it's become clear that the only thing that that could be perceived as not black in the "black" black pixels is literally the subtle little reflections off of objects and my skin from the bright area of the picture. Those pixels are truly not producing light when they are fully black, even when something bright is happening somewhere else in the picture. Early on, I would have the instant reaction of "Wha- did my screen just turn off... Oh yeah!" during all of my tinkering and nothing would be on the screen briefly to produce any light.
Games just look perfect on it, though I have been so taken away with blu-rays on it, I haven't played some of the games most important to me quite yet, which are game often in dark settings, so I'm super excited to dig into that! One of the games I tried playing on my OLED was a game upscaled from standard definition (Super Smash Bros. Brawl played on the Wii U if you're curious, which does its own upscaling), which I had really low expectations for, but I was VERY pleasantly surprised. This game looked like hell on my LCD HDTV, and actually looks good on this one. So this doesn't count as an indication of the quality of the upscaling in this case, but upscaled standard definition looked markedly better on this screen for me, and I was pleased with the latency once I switched to "Game" mode in the settings.
It's a crowd pleaser too! It really looks special mounted up in the "picture frame" even though I will never ever actually use that speaker. The picture frame is completely and totally optional by the way if you don't want to use it for sound, so I was divided about using it, but that TV is so incredibly thin that I guess it kind of makes me feel more secure with that mounted behind it. It looks so cool with that on there too, though one could easily make a case for mounting it without that.
I'm very impressed with the 3D! While I do feel like I can perceive the lowered resolution with passive 3D a bit, in a way contradictory to that that's hard to explain, the 3D makes it look almost super-high resolution at the same time. I showed the TV off to some relatives and made the mistake of going with a 3D blu-ray. I say "mistake," because, while of course they were super-enthusiastic about the picture ("it's sooo real!" etc.), they attributed the impressiveness to the 3D, and now think they definitely need a 3D TV, but that's what happens when you show stuff to oblivious people. But it was a lot of enthusiasm for the picture in general as well from what I'll call "normal" viewers, so of course its strengths as an OLED were surely striking for them as well, but 3D kind of steals the show for people who haven't seen proper 3D in this setting. I showed it to my sister in 2D, and, surprisingly, she said "it looks 3D!" There were some people on the AVS forum using that line as hyperbole for OLED, and, I guess I shouldn't be too surprised that they were right; my sister, who isn't all that invested in picture quality, unprovoked to do so said that it looked 3D during a 2D movie, so there you go!
So I'm sure some would like me to try to have like a "cons" section of this, so I'll give some critical statements, though they are pretty trifling:
First I want to point out that I haven't had a lot of the little quirks pointed out by many on here. I haven't spotted any dead pixels, and off-axis viewing seems perfectly fine. I was walking back and forth and it seemed like there was some very-subtle thing happening with the color, but it could have just as well been my imagination. It makes me wonder if this is even better for me because mine is flat. Probably not, but who knows... I also don't detect any uniformity issues so far or the yellowing that's worried some, but I haven't done slides or anything like that outside of running a simple calibration program. It looks immaculate to me!
One thing I will say is that there doesn't seem to be a point in using anything but "Game" mode. I had a bit of what seemed to be lip syncing trouble during 3D movies that just went away completely by switching to Game mode. Also, after some overly-obsessive testing, I was able to perceive of a bit of latency while playing games which easily improved in Game mode. So with those two things in mind, after finding that you can make Game mode look basically identical to other settings like ISF expert after tinkering with settings there, I see no reason to ever use anything except for Game mode, even while watching movies.
So the only thing that could be a con really is that I actually did manage to catch a bit of motion blur in a scene, but for whatever reason, it doesn't seem consistent. I went back to the scene in the movie where I first managed to notice it, and wasn't even able to reproduce it on the scale that caused me to be aware of it in the first place. I've spent time playing some games on it, and never sensed anything that could have been the blur I thought I saw. So by and large, I'm happy with the motion, but I guess that gives me something to look forward to if that's going to be a strength of an updated 4K standard in the future. This screen is better than my last in every way, and its strengths are so thrilling, that any con I could come up with would seem negligible.
Anyways, the moral of the story is that this screen is so worth it, and I couldn't be happier. Now it's time to go make the impossible decision of what blu-ray to watch or what game to play on it next. I'm also coordinating a Star Wars Saga blu-ray marathon to have on this soon! There is so much I want to see on this! Watching and re-watching movies on this is so addictive...