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post #31 of 105
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Originally Posted by surap View Post

I´m just interested if Oled will come with the possibilty for absolute blacks. Curved or not. I´ve have waited for it since pioneers concept plasma that never saw the daylight (2008). I remember that I was very exited. Will I be as exited now.. ? smile.gif

FWIW, It is nearly impossible to distinguish blacks on this panel from the panel being off.

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I'd heard whispers from LG brand reps that the curved OLED would be hitting BB stores within a few weeks. Didn't really believe them, but I guess they were right. As impractical as it is, can't wait for it to roll out to more locations so I can finally see one. last OLED TV I saw in-person was the .XEL-1

Despite what some articles have said, this is not going to roll out "nationwide". It will be at select stores across the country, but a very limited number of them. At least for quite some time.
post #32 of 105
MMMM, $14K , for a great wasteland of programming. Perhaps if I were a wealthy individual and had the $$ to pee away. My Idea of a TV involves as little cash as possible, because there really is so little to use with it. Avg. Joe spends a very limited amount of time sitting there in front of it, yet we blow $$ on sat/cable for some 600 channels and yet only use a few. To me, that's quite enough money out on entertainment. I look forward to the day of "ala cart" choosing what you will view without other's that you'll never use, but pay for because of the package it's in.
post #33 of 105
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FWIW, It is nearly impossible to distinguish blacks on this panel from the panel being off.
Despite what some articles have said, this is not going to roll out "nationwide". It will be at select stores across the country, but a very limited number of them. At least for quite some time.

"...with availability expanding to Best Buy Magnolia stores in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle and San Antonio in coming weeks."
post #34 of 105
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Originally Posted by quad4.0 View Post

MMMM, $14K , for a great wasteland of programming. Perhaps if I were a wealthy individual and had the $$ to pee away. My Idea of a TV involves as little cash as possible, because there really is so little to use with it. Avg. Joe spends a very limited amount of time sitting there in front of it, yet we blow $$ on sat/cable for some 600 channels and yet only use a few. To me, that's quite enough money out on entertainment. I look forward to the day of "ala cart" choosing what you will view without other's that you'll never use, but pay for because of the package it's in.

Average Joe, Jane & the kids are fat and lazy from sitting in front of it.
post #35 of 105
Seriously....I expected more people to talk about how a curved screen is pointless on a TV and it very much is. How can a TV have issues with pin cushion when the entire screen is lit up from the back? Also, it's olny 55". That is an average size TV in todays market. Sorry, I just don't get all the hype? Just my opinion.
post #36 of 105
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Originally Posted by imagic View Post

"...with availability expanding to Best Buy Magnolia stores in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle and San Antonio in coming weeks."

^^This is correct^^ There were OTHER articles that made it sound as though it would be a nationwide thing. smile.gif
post #37 of 105
whatever happened to that BIG and FLEXIBLE oled screen that you could basically tack to a wall???? TO ME, that is the future wink.gif
post #38 of 105
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Originally Posted by imagic View Post

If you get a chance to post your impressions, please do.

Just got back to the office after stopping by the Richfield BB. I'm in the market for a new TV myself so I didn't mind stopping and browsing but I mainly wanted to see the OLED in person.

They had it set up in the Magnolia area near a wall of BB's high end LED/Plasmas. It took me a minute to find it as it really wasn't set out in any special display, like they have the 4K TV's. The first thing I noticed of this TV is that the curved glass is pretty slight and in no way could I tell the glass was curved by looking at it straight on. To be honest, the only way I could tell it had a curved shape is by standing directly next to it. I didn't test the viewing angles too much but I did notice that the picture seemed extremely vivid from both sides and the curved screen didn't seem to throw off how the picture looked at different viewing angles. I did not see any signs of pin-cushioning.

The picture quality is quite beautiful even sitting next to BB's "high end" displays. There was an HD movie playing and the blacks on screen literally blended in with the top/bottom letterboxes. Colors were extremely vivid and even though what I was watching had no fast action sequences, the picture seemed to have zero blur/judder during movement. I'm by no means an expert compared to some of the members here but the best way I could explain it is the clarity/movement/overall PQ of a plasma but the brightness/vividness of a new LED.

Didn't take any pictures as I didn't have my iphone on me plus i'm not sure if it would do any justice to this set. The Magnolia employees seemed to be geeking out a little bit as they were watching the TV right next to me or tinkering around with the menus. Overall I was really impressed and I can't wait until the price drops down to something a little more reasonable.
post #39 of 105
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"...with availability expanding to Best Buy Magnolia stores in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle and San Antonio in coming weeks."

They aren't coming to Washington DC? Avoid the wealthiest major metropolitan area in the US.
post #40 of 105
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They aren't coming to Washington DC? Avoid the wealthiest major metropolitan area in the US.

Is that right? I just looked up the wealthiest cities in the US and none of those stores will have them. Also, D.C. did not make the list of wealthiest cities or any of the suburbs around it.


The richest cities in america
post #41 of 105
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They aren't coming to Washington DC? Avoid the wealthiest major metropolitan area in the US.

Was San Francisco destroyed in an earthquake or something?
post #42 of 105
i'm pretty sure most of your guys complaining about it being curved wouldn't have bought one if it was flat anyway.

they are simply trying to make the new tech stand out from the old tech as much as possible. at 15k for a 55" these need to be as different as possible to make those with more money than brains justify it. I imagine some rap star, or pro boxer talking on cribs about his curve display and how you ain't balling unless you got the curved display...
I think the curved screen is fine for now. they will make both i'm sure, but technically I don't see how a curved screen could be a bad thing. unless it's focal point is like 4feet away or something ridiculous. these early models aren't going to be wall mount friendly anyway, they all seem to have some brick attached to them for the power supply and connections etc.

when they start making these in 80" plus, the curved screen will be an advantage I bet. at least to the purist who hogs the 'sweet spot' all to himself tongue.gif
post #43 of 105
so 15k for a curved tv and I still have to outsource a contractor to flatten the Bi%$# out?!?
post #44 of 105
Pricey right now - remember how costly were the original plasmas back in the day? Well, those too dropped quickly. One thing is for sure: OLED really IS 'the next big thing in HDTV, and not 4K, which is really more a marketing gimmick than anything else(only about 2% of the populace is able to tell the difference between 4K & 1080p at 9-ft average viewing distance).
post #45 of 105
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Pricey right now - remember how costly were the original plasmas back in the day? Well, those too dropped quickly. One thing is for sure: OLED really IS 'the next big thing in HDTV, and not 4K, which is really more a marketing gimmick than anything else(only about 2% of the populace is able to tell the difference between 4K & 1080p at 9-ft average viewing distance).

4K is a little more than a marketing gimmick. It's not going anywhere anytime soon.
post #46 of 105
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Originally Posted by Speakerphile View Post

FWIW, It is nearly impossible to distinguish blacks on this panel from the panel being off.
Despite what some articles have said, this is not going to roll out "nationwide". It will be at select stores across the country, but a very limited number of them. At least for quite some time.

Yeah. I'd assumed that these were only going to roll out to select MDC locations, at least for the time being. Better than nothing, though. I wonder how long it takes to get one?
post #47 of 105
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Originally Posted by mrsmith View Post

Pricey right now - remember how costly were the original plasmas back in the day? Well, those too dropped quickly. One thing is for sure: OLED really IS 'the next big thing in HDTV, and not 4K, which is really more a marketing gimmick than anything else(only about 2% of the populace is able to tell the difference between 4K & 1080p at 9-ft average viewing distance).

4K is not a display technology, the way OLED and LCD are. UHD is the next standard for TVs, a natural step-up in resolution and (hopefully) bit-depth. Expect huge growth in the segment, until one of these days it becomes the standard. There will be 4K OLED TVs soon enough, you can count on that. 4K OLED, that's the real-deal display of the future.
Edited by imagic - 7/23/13 at 3:45pm
post #48 of 105
Which is where Sony and Panasonic are putting their money.
post #49 of 105
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Originally Posted by fatuglyguy View Post

Yeah. I'd assumed that these were only going to roll out to select MDC locations, at least for the time being. Better than nothing, though. I wonder how long it takes to get one?

The first ones should arrive within a few weeks or so. They are only being shipped to fulfill customer orders, so they won't be stocked.
post #50 of 105
Not digging this seems pointless to have a curved screen on anything under 80".
post #51 of 105
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Originally Posted by moejenn517 View Post

Not digging this seems pointless to have a curved screen on anything under 80".

I'd really dig a curved 30" screen as a PC monitor...but I'm not sure OLED will be suitable for use as a monitor.
post #52 of 105
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Originally Posted by JWhip View Post

Which is where Sony and Panasonic are putting their money.
One can only hope. My next set will be a Panasonic OLED or not...
post #53 of 105
Mark why the curved screens and not a flat panel?
post #54 of 105
Now the contest is open who will be the first to notice burn-in on those OLEDs in shops biggrin.gif.
post #55 of 105
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Mark why the curved screens and not a flat panel?

Most likely, simply because they can. Also, it is evocative of "premium" movie theaters. For a few users, sitting in the focal "sweet spot", it could actually be a boon. I can imagine a well-heeled video-game addict on a liquid-cooled, overclocked DIY gaming PC—or perhaps even the new X-Box or PS4—spending the next few years in front of such a TV.
post #56 of 105
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Mark why the curved screens and not a flat panel?

Part of it was also because they thought it would allow them to differentiate. Presumably, they didn't know Samsung would be doing the same thing. The funny thing is, had one of them just made a flat one at a slightly lower price, they would have walked away with the most sales. All else being equal, of course...
post #57 of 105
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Originally Posted by imagic View Post

Most likely, simply because they can. Also, it is evocative of "premium" movie theaters. For a few users, sitting in the focal "sweet spot", it could actually be a boon. I can imagine a well-heeled video-game addict on a liquid-cooled, overclocked DIY gaming PC—or perhaps even the new X-Box or PS4—spending the next few years in front of such a TV.



Yes but for HT use I would think it would have to be a lot bigger screen. That is one expensive gaming panel. I guess it's coincidental that they both made them this way. I view a lot of my TV from the side, I do turn my panel that way, but I'm thinking these can't be good for side viewing.
Edited by comfynumb - 7/24/13 at 10:29am
post #58 of 105
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Originally Posted by Speakerphile View Post

Part of it was also because they thought it would allow them to differentiate. Presumably, they didn't know Samsung would be doing the same thing. The funny thing is, had one of them just made a flat one at a slightly lower price, they would have walked away with the most sales. All else being equal, of course...

i'm not sure if this would be the case. i'm thinking of the market that would be buying these TV's, and I imagine it being a status thing. meaning all else being equal, buying the one that costs more, and is more 'new' would be the way to go.

unless they were going to sell these under 10k, I just don't see it being cheap enough to break into the market of ppl that would want a 'normal' OLED tv.

I could be wrong, but I think back to the early days of plasma, where it was primarily ppl with a lot of money, and very little knowledge of a/v gear buying them. not all of course, but a lot of early adapters are buying a status, not a product.
post #59 of 105
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Originally Posted by comfynumb View Post

Yes but for HT use I would think it would have to be a lot bigger screen. That is one expensive gaming panel. I guess it's coincidental that they both made them this way. I view a lot of my TV from the side, I do turn my panel that way, but I'm thinking these can't be good for side viewing.

the guy who saw them in store said the curve was extremely small. I think if you're watching tv from more than a 45* angle nothing is going to look good anyway. from the sounds of it, many ppl won't even realize it's curved until they look very closely/directly from the side.

this brings up a question I have though. do you guys think manufacturers will start publishing 'focal lengths' of their curved sets? will there be a standard amount of curve for each size screen?
post #60 of 105
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Originally Posted by fierce_gt View Post

the guy who saw them in store said the curve was extremely small. I think if you're watching tv from more than a 45* angle nothing is going to look good anyway. from the sounds of it, many ppl won't even realize it's curved until they look very closely/directly from the side.

this brings up a question I have though. do you guys think manufacturers will start publishing 'focal lengths' of their curved sets? will there be a standard amount of curve for each size screen?



Yeah but it doesn't have the wide sweet spot of a flat panel and your going to know it's curved when you sit off to the side. I'm just saying I don't think this is a good idea for HT use, at least not at this size.
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