PURPOSE OF THIS THREAD
: To discuss and offer suggestions and recommendations for the "best" TVs out right now that are not OLED TVs and therefore not susceptible to burn-in (or the best OLED alternatives out right now). "Best" meaning TVs that mainly rate highly in deep black levels, contrast ratio, shadow detail, and "dark scene in a dark room" performance, as well as other characteristics critical to overall image quality.
RULES OF THIS THREAD: NO OLED TALK!!
This thread is not for discussing how great or how bad OLED is, or how it's better/worse than another TV or technology. There are plenty of other active threads for that. NO BURN-IN TALK!!
TVs mentioned here should not be susceptible to burn-in so no need to discuss burn-in here beyond this post. There already exists a Master OLED burn-in and image retention thread here: https://www.avsforum.com/forum/40-ol...ad-photos.html
WHO THIS THREAD IS INTENDED TO HELP:
Anyone who is looking for the best image quality available in a TV that is not susceptible to burn-in. If you're concerned that your viewing habits may
cause burn-in or uniformity issues down the road with an OLED TV, but still want the best image quality otherwise possible, then this thread is for you.
TL;DR (for more background why I started this thread):
It seems almost all the active threads here are about OLED, even though this is also a "Flat Panels General" forum. I decided to start this thread because (1) I don't see an active one like it and (2) I thought it would be good to have a thread where members can discuss the "best" OLED TV alternatives, now, and in the future. The main advantages of OLED are clear: (1) unbeatable contrast ratio due to the ability to display true black pixels next to pure white pixels and (2) currently unbeatable viewing angles (although with some mild color/contrast shift). In layman's terms, OLED currently offers the best image quality available. However, OLED has one main disadvantage that most other current display technologies (mostly commonly LED backlit LCD) do not: the propensity for parts of an image to permanently "burn-in" or stick if you watch too much of the same thing over time (like news or other TV channels with static logos/banners). By extension, OLED displays can lose their uniformity over time, where parts of the screen will be dimmer (more worn out) than other parts. For example, if you watch news or talk shows where a person's face is always in the center of the screen, over time, that area will wear out faster than the rest of the screen, resulting in the center of the screen becoming dimmer than the rest. This may take years to happen, depending on how much you watch, but it will happen. Rtings.com accelerated OLED burn-in tests have proven this to be the case. And unfortunately, these issues are not covered by OLED manufacturers' warranties (although they may make exceptions at times). For these reasons, I've started this thread so that anyone looking for the best image quality in a TV that is not susceptible to burn-in, has a thread that will hopefully, have some useful information and suggestions.
With that said, I'll open it up by mentioning a TV that Rtings.com has described as an "LED ALTERNATIVE FOR A DARK ROOM" in my next post...