The fact that even the 16:9 black bars can “burn in” on an OLED is deeply concerning to me. I just purchased the 65” C8. I’m still within my time frame to return it. I was truly surprised when I read the manual that said BI can occur with the movie’s black bars. Since like 90% of movies have them, then to myself that strongly suggests that the general ‘word on the street’ that OLED’s are the best for movies exclusively, is in fact false. I’m retired and I want to enjoy my OLED several hours a day as a dedicated movie display. But now, I’m truly considering returning it.
As far as HDR goes, that is a two-way street. HDR is by definition the ratio between the brightest whites and deepest blacks. And there ARE LCD’s that can get extremely close to OLED blacks while being substantially brighter as well. Without the same degree of risk re: BI. Yes, LCD panels at least older ones, can have and do suffer from BI, but only in the most extreme conditions.
I love the deep blacks of the C8, go figure! And it is plenty bright enough in my darkened theatre room. It’s image is stunning, no doubt! But to be honest, I had the 2019 Sony X950G in my home for a week and I was almost equally blown away by its stunning image quality! In the store where I purchased it, they had a demo of ‘X Men: Apocalypse’ and the colour, detail, clarity and brightness of the X950G made the C8 look totally dull by comparison, even on its ‘Vivid’ mode. . I even said to one of the salesmen, ‘Tell me the Sony’s black bars are really not that black’. He said, ‘They are true black’. It has, as almost ALL reviewers attest, arguably the most accurate colours ‘out of the box’ for any display, arguably the best motion and upscaling of 720p/1080p of any TV, thanks to the ‘X1 Ultimate’ chip; add to that stunningly vivid ‘Triluminos’ (aka quantum dot) colours, and with some adjustments to brightness, contrast, black level etc, still retaining very satisfying blacks. And NO BI concerns! Most reviews or comments I’ve read about the X950G (I’d be willing to bet), did very casual, limited ‘test patterns’ and viewing. I spent many hours with it, tweaking it. And in all honestly, the sheer amount of visible detail, the vibrancy of colours, the exceptional sharpness (Caleb at Digital Trends said it was probably the sharpest looking image he has EVER seen), makes it a serious contender. I’m sure some OLED owners who have NOT spent time in home with the X950G as I have will have their opinion. But that opinion will not be based on their own real-world comparison, as mine is. In all likelihood, I will be returning the C8 and re-purchasing the X950G. It’s an amazing tv! At the store where it was displayed, it looked ‘very good’. I researched it to the max and purchased. My settings when I got it home? And it blew me away in the best sense of the metaphor!
The sheer fact that in NOT ONE of the reviews I’ve read on-line or seen on YouTube or anywhere, did even 1 person state that the black bars on movies CAN cause BI
, makes me wonder whether ‘Quantum APOTHEOSIS’ on YouTube is correct about the ‘conspiracy’ of OLED in paying off reviews. Just sayin. I mean, EVERYONE who argues for OLED’s being the best image possible, all to a person say ‘Just use it as a dedicated tv for MOVIES and you should never have an issue with BI’. Then I read LG’s own manual which says the black bars can cause BI? WHAAATTTT?!”
I love the OLED, and would prefer to keep it, but at the premium price of this TV, given how amazing the X950G’s image is, with NO concerns re: BI, I’ll most likely be switching back the OLED for the X950G.