Thanks for the input guys. Can't the eg9600 play 4k from 4k cablebox through hdmi 2.0? It just won't have the ability to play 4k HDR because it doesn't have a hdmi 2.0a?
The 9600 (UA or UB) can play 4K from any source. The 9600 UA can play 4K HDR which is streamed, but 4K streamed is not the same as 4K off a direct connection. Streamed content almost always has some compression applied, so having 4K HDR off a compatible 4K Blu-Ray is desirable.
I wrote a lot so I forgot to mention the following. I ordered a "openbox pristine" 55eg9600 for $1392 (price includes tax. And i live in tristate area so can't avoid tax at most places) from amazon warehouse deal when they had the 20% promo discount. Amazon messed up on the delivery of my tv and the tv ended up back to amazon. Because it was their mistake, they were very nice and said that they would send me a new 55eg9600 as a replacement. I also ordered a 55EF9500 at amazon warehouse deal for $1,695.97 condition: "very good. Small scratches on front of item (less than 1/4" x 1/4"). Small scratches on top or sides of the item (less than 1/4" x 1/4"). Small scratches on back of item (less than 1/2" x 1/2")." Usually if there are scratches on the screen, it will be mentioned in the description and will be rated as acceptable instead of very good. So I believe the unit does not have scratches on the screen. I can live with minor scratches on body.
So you also have a decision here between curved and flat. We like curved, others hate it. The 9500 has HDMI 2.0a (I believe) so you would have HDR via a connected device. If you can live with the scratches, etc. and there are no issues then it sounds like a good deal. I just am not a fan of open box especially if the LG warranty is not in effect. Just seems like it was returned for a reason. It's different with refurbished which usually has the manufacturer warranty and has "supposedly" been brought back to spec.
But I set the tv to not deliver until mid august (I can move up delivery date). Since the 55EF9500 can be cancelled before it ships, the 55EF9500 was a backup just in case I was going to have any problems with my openbox 55eg9600. However, because amazon said they will send me a new unit, I couldn't resist accepting a new unit (lower risk compared to openbox and I thought I will have higher chance of getting a UB unit). And I leaned towards eg9600 because it was better condition and it's a $674 saving with credit card cashback vs msrp. But now I am not sure whether I should return if that vignetting/banding is considered bad + it is not UB and go with option (a) a replacement 55eg9600 or (b) the openbox 55EF9500.
So.. just want to make sure I understand. You got the replacement from Amazon but was not a UB. Is it new (as in not open box)? If so, then it has LG warranty. The issue there is that the bands could be a panel issue, and the USB ports are on the main board (two different pieces) so even if LG determined the banding was not right, it still doesn't guarantee you'd wind up with HDR connectivity.
I am currently a student and I am saving up for an engagement ring that I will buy soon. But I couldn't resist the price on the oled. I can afford the ef9500 price difference but in my current situation, the cheaper the better. However, at the same time it makes sense to spend more for a futureready tv. Just not sure whether I should pay $304 (not $260 i wrote earlier) for HDR capability but openbox with scratches (And there is a big risk. If the ef9500 is defective, I am not sure if I can return it since each amazon warehouse tv is a unique item. I don't think amazon will replace it with a used unit that cost more in pristine condition). I don't really think I will see this price again for 2015 model (most sold out or not sold near me) or will have to wait a long time for 2016 model to drop to this price so hard to give up on this chance.
So the more "future proofed" set seems to be the EF9500 right now.. What we don't know is if it has any issues. I guess it wouldn't hurt to ask Amazon if they have any other 9500s without scratches, and I'd also make sure I knew in advance what their policy is if the 9500 had issues.. is it just a refund or some type of replacement. I've always found Amazon to be willing to work with customers (get a U.S. call center representative as they seem to have more "options" at times), and be honest. If you can somehow afford it, I'd get the EF9500 now and try to do a side by side and see.. also to see just what the condition really is, and then return the set with the least "issues" or whichever one just looks better to you.
I attached too many photos in earlier post that might be confusing. Below, I attached the most recent photo of my eg9600 gray scale 2% vignetting/banding test photo. just want to confirm one more time that it is not good? too dark on the sides and too bright in the middle than typical (but like others said, it might go away with use). Now I am more concerned with the banding. @JayS99
, the banding doesn't look right? what makes you say so? I do see a vertical line that is more prominent than others and it originally had a lot of other lines around it (can be seen in photo 3 of earlier post). But those lines mysteriously went away...(i thought banding won't go away...) Was your banding about the same when you asked LG for a replacement (and lg acknowledged the banding was band for your set when they tested it?).