Originally Posted by Ozymandis
There's not a lot of HDR content, still. A few streaming shows, a few video games, UHD Blu-ray which doesn't have full studio participation yet if ever, and that's it.
Most people in 2017 are watching most of their content in SDR.
That's not a controversial statement. Of course SDR should still be weighted heavily!
Yes, but most people do not drop $5000-6000 on a display every single year or two upgrading as often as the professional calibrators here, who need to keep up with all the current displays for their business. Lots of people that invest that kind of money in a flagship display expect to keep it for 5-7 years or even more.
So for some, it does make sense to weigh not only the current HDR environment, but where one expects HDR to be in the coming years. Displays that have much greater peak-brightness capability, do not suffer from image retention/uneven wear issues and color-volume dilution from a big fat white subpixel, could very well age like a fine wine and look better and better each year as bright dazzling HDR content becomes more commonplace, while burn-in or uneven wear on OLED could become an issue as a greater percentage of HDR content/gaming is viewed.
Might be better to get the cheaper 2017 LG OLED to save a chunk of change for upgrading in a year or two when OLED does HFR, HDMI 2.1, better HDR etc.
Anyway, I think the Z9D and the A1E are both overpriced. I only picked up the Z9D because I got mine used for 40% of MSRP. The thousands I saved not paying top dollar allow me to justify buying a 2017 OLED to go along with my Z9D.
I am not sure the Sony is worth the extra price. I may have to pick up the much more reasonably priced LG.
I am waiting for HDTVtest to give us the skinny on the A1E vs. the C7, since they have both in for review. They are the only ones I trust to give it to us straight, since they were not in denial about all the problems with 2016 LG OLED, but they did the best job of highlighting the weaknesses with 2016 LG OLED, when others completely missed or glossed over these real deal-breaking flaws.
If HDTVtest says the Sony OLED is no better or barely better than the LG, I will probably save money and get the 2017 LG OLED, unless a deal can be had on the Sony, since I would appreciate the superior acoustic surface sound feature, which would work well in the office or bedroom, where I do not want to bother with a full external sound system.
Still waiting for side by side review of A1E vs. Z9D with 1000+ nit content, not dull and lackluster content 500 nits or less.