Couple of observations after spending a day with the A1E, after having LG OLEDs for a little over a year:
-The best way I could describe Android TV is "adequate." I disabled a bunch of apps, and killed off the recommendations row. Navigating picture menus and whatnot seems relatively snappy and responsive, though not as smooth as the WebOS experience. Saturday night, prior to actually setting the TV up with my receiver, I was just using internal apps to test content and I got frustrated a few times by how clunky the experience was. Thankfully, I very rarely use the TV's built in apps, so I'm really only concerned with the menu experience. Without hesitation, I would consider LG's WebOS to be vastly superior.
-Near black handling appears to be significantly improved over the 2016 LGs (I presume this is the case for the 2017 LGs as well.)
-Banding is present on my unit, but there are no big, dark, goalpost bands (including that common pesky one just right of center.) Lots of thin lines. They've already improved a great deal with just hours on the panel. I've been using the opening scene of Daredevil, Season 2, Episode 1 in 4K to test "progress." Already, the banding in that scene is down to what I'd consider a tolerable amount. No visible vignetting to speak of, all the way down to 2%. When I was taking some quick pictures of slides, my camera exposed some tiny flames on the bottom right hand corner, but they're so minimal that I can't see them in person.
-The acoustic surface is surprisingly impressive. It's certainly no suitable replacement for a proper home theater setup, and I won't use it with any regularity, but it should be perfectly adequate for someone who would otherwise only invest in a cheap soundbar. Having had both the G6, and E6, I would say its sound is comparable, if not very similar in quality.
-Some of you may know/recall that I had a nightmare of handshaking issues with my G6 and Denon X3300. The E6 took care of most of those problems, but one annoying quirk still remained. My Roku Ultra would lose HDCP 2.2 every time it went to sleep. In order to stream in 4K again, I'd need to reboot the Roku. Thus far (albeit with limited testing), it appears as though the A1E has eradicated the problem.
-I'm finding that there's a bit of a learning curve transitioning to Sony's settings after having used LG's for so long. For now, I've settled on Cinema Pro with minor tweaks, and things look pretty great to my eyes. Sony's motion controls seem far more fine tuned than LG's, with far less aggressive shifts per click. Motion seems pretty great thus far. I never had much of an issue with LG, but I can certainly see an appreciable difference with the Sony.
-With limited exposure, I do feel as though the A1E does a slightly better job handling cable content from my Tivo. The difference is by no means dramatic, but I noticed a few less artifacts and what appeared to be a slightly sharper image overall. Some of that could also have to do with the difference in motion handling.
Just thought this may be a useful comparison for anyone with experience with the LGs who is maybe looking into the Sony.
Last edited by BLeClair12; 07-17-2017 at 09:20 AM.