Originally Posted by IDAnonymous
I believe it is a bad idea to return my new eg9600 and buy a ef9500 with minor scratches on the body (not screen), no warranty, and cost $260 more. (30 days return for problems but no exchanges. So if there are any problems and I return the tv, I lose the discount I will buy it for. And in regards to the warranty, I can get LG extended warranty from LG based on what other users said they did on this thread).
As a consolation, I do see HDR enhancements, but the tv’s image is already so good without HDR, the HDR enhancement doesn’t really make the image that noticeably better. (Others that spend more time with HDR, do you feel like HDR makes the image noticeably better?)
eg9600’s blows me away but it is hard to except that there is a UB version that has HDMI 2.0a but luck of the draw I ended up with UA version with HDMI 2.0 that can’t process 4k bluray HDR or one day 4k HDR gaming. UA can stream HDR, but that is still compressed video without ATMOS/DTS:X for my atmos ready surround system. I plan to use this tv for years. But no HDMI 2.0a does make this tv not future ready & have a dated feel. That is why the idea of returning a new eg9600 for a used openbox ef9500 is in my head. Just want to hear from a fellow videophile that it not worth it/it is a bad idea with too many risks so I can clear this notion from my head and just be happy that I finally got a 4k oled at a great price albeit the hdmi 2.0a shortcoming.
1. You got a good deal so only you can decide if increasing your cost is worth it to you. That being said, either the UB version or the EF will allow you to hook up not only a UHD player but also cable/satellite boxes
that will allow 4K and/or 4K HDR material. To me, that's kind of a big deal because the set would be much more "future proof".
2. To me, HDR is da bomb. It means more to me than the 4K. If you have Amazon prime or Netflix, go watch some HDR material. If you want to see a wide color gamut watch "Van Gogh" on Amazon prime. I was going to wait to buy a UHD player until the holidays but because the HDR content I have seen is so superior to virtually everything else I have ever seen, I purchased one yesterday. To me, HDR takes everything to another level.
When I first was going to purchase either the EF or EG, I went with the EG simply because it was cheaper. I got 65EG new, in the box, for $2700 total and got lucky with a UB unit. At the time, a UA or UB didn't mean much to me. However, hooking up a cable/satellite box is huge and should be mainstream available in the next couple of years (They are available now from Directv and I think, maybe
, Dishnet). At this point I, personally, would not accept a UA unit because I want as much HDR material as I can find.
I think the choices you have are to keep the set and update to a newer set sooner than you would like or bite the bullet and send this one back. You can get the 65EG9600 for $2,800 or the 65EF9500 for $2,900 most of the time, new, with full warranty. You could wait a while and these 2015 set prices should drop again as the 2016's drop but I doubt you'll ever get one of these for much less than $2,500 unless you happen to catch a final "get it otta here" sale. Of course, then there's the "open box" or "used" route you took.
In the end, it'a all about how much hassle you are willing to accept as well as how much money you want to invest. If you're happy with the set as is then it's tough to justify a move.