Originally Posted by sbwtwo
Flashing blue lights 8x
I don't want to get into the whole OLED thing right now because of it being still somewhat unsettled and as you already heard, I like to buy for a decade. I also don't like the idea of getting rid of something that still works just fine for my viewing habits--I don't have 4k owned content and, since I couldn't experience it with the 111 anyway, I don't stream it, either. And what does one do with outdated, good components that are still fully functional?
from one devoted hardcore Kuro fan to another, I advise you to re-think your position. I lived with my Kuro for 6-7 years until about 4-5 years ago when it went to my son. I still see the tv regularly when I visit my 18 month old Grandson, and as old habits die hard, may tweak the settings a bit, but really with no satisfactory result. This plasma technology deteriorates rapidly - imo much faster than we were initially led to believe. It saddens me a little because the picture as it is now, bares no resemblance to what it was, when it was then considered the reference by the industry gurus, with those incredibly rich, saturated, true to life colors, and famously inky blacks. The picture is now dull and boring. There is still a faint inkling of that quality, but it so very far from that state of the art it used to be. Unlike old amps and speakers etc, which can be reconditioned to past glory or modified to perform even better, once the plasma panel is done, its done.
Please do yourself a big favor: go to your retailer directly, plonk down less money than the Kuro cost, and become a proud new owner of the LG OLED C9 or the Sony A9. You will re-discover the passion and wonder of an incredible picture. Trust me - a fellow Kuro diehard - that either of these TVs offer far superior performance to the Kuro overall. Yes there are the questions on near black screen uniformity, which in the C9 and A9 is largely solved. I own a second generation 4k LG OLED659600 (curved screen) which does have the flaw with near black uniformity, but despite this and one or two minor imperfections, my OLED looks better than my Kuro ever did and is still a joy to watch. Its not just about the blacks. The level of color saturation and richness this technology can achieve is breathtaking. In my experience, no other technology thus far has this very special quality. There are more good tidings, because as the inherently flawed plasma which inevitably deteriorates over several years of regular use, this OLED still looks as bright and vibrant as the day I bought it. It is said that the blue OLED deteriorates faster, but I have seen no evidence of deterioration so far. I believe if you invest in the C9 or A9 you may well make decade mark 10 years from now with a TV that looks as good as the day you bought it. Take the leap of faith, and you will be glad you did.