I think if you are wiling to wait, you should. I assume prices only go down over time. My reasoning was:
-Used to be a huge stickler for quality and probably still am to some degree given what I just paid for this set. But I also have become somewhat less discerning as I age. I don’t really need complete blacks as I always have bias lighting. It may be dimmed down (probably couldn’t read with it on) but I just don’t really care to watch content in the pitch black.
-I also don’t watch a ton of TV during the day but the window situation with a sliding glass door behind my seating position becomes an issue. The Z9D can mostly overcome this but even then I do have to pull the curtains during dark content at some points of the day. I just figured the CX given the brightness would be a downgrade for me (although an upgrade for people coming from plasma).
-I game about 10-20% of the time. I also have two kids under the age of 10 that just leave content paused on my TV. Perhaps burn-in is a thing of the past but they also said that with the final Panasonic ZT60 and I definitely started to develop some image retention from playing one particular game (Destiny). My father-in-law bought the VT60 and still uses it to this day but I can see the permanent CNN logo when he watches sports. Since I can’t 100% control the content on the TV, I’d rather have piece of mind that it can be abused somewhat.
-The 85” size was a huge draw. Again I sit 14-15 feet away and there really isn’t a way to move my sectional closer as it would block the fireplace. My TV sits on a BDI Corridor stand (which has wheels hidden on the feet) and I actually pull it about 1-2 feet away from the wall just so the 75” looks the right size. I love the idea that I can push the stand back against the wall or at some point when I feel more comfortable having installers in the house, I can mount it on the wall. A 75” on my wall would be too small. As I’m currently using a 75”, the 77” CX felt like somewhat of a side grade. I would have been OK with that to some degree if I didn’t read the DTS issues, some of the e-arc issues, no confirmation on LFC on FreeSync mode, and that potential lifted blacks issue w/ the Apple TV. I think the 75” is great when watching 1.78:1 aspect ratio content (or whatever it is that fills up the screen). When watching 2.40:1 letterboxed content, it looks good on my Z9D but think it loses some impact.
-The idea that it can hit 2000-3000+ nits also seems like a great thing from a specular highlights perspective (again watching with lights on) and it sounds like it can help with color as well. I don’t need fake color pop and I know samsung was known for this in the past but sounds like this has been improved somewhat. But I also read a lot of comments about how the LG CX can look more dull in terms of colors while others say its just more accurate. Who knows what the real answer is here but I remember with my Kuro I used to justify some color dullness with it being “accurate”. I figure with the Q900TS i have the option for it to be more poppy with color or I can dial it back.
-I like the design of the Q900TS more. That is just a personal preference. I like the idea of the infinity bezel even if the CX bezel looks small. I also like that the bezel is metal and not plastic. Given my past purchase history (Kuro Elite, ZT60, Z9D), I want the TV to look upscale even when its off. I would have bought the GX if it came with a stand similar to the CX because the metal bezel looks nicer to me. However, as I’m going to keep it on the stand, I’d have to buy optional feet which look kinda weird to me and then I’d have an issue hiding the wires running down the TV (as seen on the digital trends review). Heck, i would have considered the 85” Sony Z9G or whatever last year’s model was but that design looks fugly to me when turned off. Sounds like the upcoming models Z9H or whatever it is, has fewer zones and doesn’t support HDMI 2.1 so was just off the consideration list.
-Finally, while on the CX/GX thread, it just sounds like a high number of people bought/exchanged multiple OLEDs because of uniformity issues particularly as the set got larger. I saw that CX vs. Sony OLED shootout that Value Electronics did and seeing the red tint on the right side of the screen (that the audience members also saw) even when calibrated seemed like a hassle i did not want to deal with during a pandemic.
My concerns for the Q900TS but I think I’m able to rationalize these away:
-No Dolby Vision. That is a bummer. I do think it made a difference on my Z9D. But unless I’m watching it side by side with a DV set, will I actually care? I bet the brighter nits of the Q900TS will help offset as well as just having a larger set as compared to the 77” CX. And ignorance will be bliss here.
-Only 1 HDMI 2.1 port. This is also a big negative for me as I will be buying an Xbox Series X and PS5. I’m just working with the assumption that one year from now there will HDMI 2.1 8K AV receivers from Denon or Marantz or Yamaha and I’ll just solve that way. I’d rather just have one HDMI cable going up to the TV anyway as my Harmony Elite seems to be able to switch inputs on my receiver much easier than on my Z9D. Does that mean I’m gonna end up spending an extra $2000 next year for essentially a glorified HDMI switch? Yup. It is what it is.
-Limited viewing angles. The appeal of off-axis viewing on the OLED seems huge. In certain seats on my sectional I can see significant blooming and the blacks are grey on my Z9D. It sucks. But the reality is, I sit in the sweet spot. This is really only an issue if we have lots of people over, and we have never watched a movie with a large group that cares about PQ. Maybe it was sports or a new year’s countdown. I don’t think anybody really cares. And if one of those guests, did care? Fine, go stay at home and watch on your own TV.
Anyway, that is my long winded rationalization in my head why I went this way. Is paying 2x the price of the OLED worth 17% more screen size? Probably not. Original reasoning for the 77” CX was to use it as a stop gap and in 3-4 years when MicroLED is available buy that or maybe by Sony will have HDMI 2.1 in multiple ports. And perhaps by then an 85” will be <$5K and so it would be the same amount of money and I would have two TV’s (could move the 77” into another room). But then I’d also be waiting 3-4 more years for a larger TV. I have the funds now, so figured, eh, why not.
One other thing. My iPhone XS or whatever its called is OLED. It has perfect blacks. So far no burn in. But its not like OLED changed my life or anything there. I also have an iPad Pro and it is not OLED. Guess which screen I prefer? The iPad Pro...because its bigger.
Last edited by Jason Priestley; 05-24-2020 at 09:47 AM.