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Superior Blu Ray image quality: Panasonic Plasma @ native 1080p or 4K OLED?

I received my annual bonus, and I've recently gotten the urge to purchase a 55" 4K OLED. Although I'm excited by the idea of finally playing 4k PC games on an OLED, I realize that 75% of the time the TVs main purpose would be for Netflix streaming and watching my large Blu ray collection.

I currently own a 55" Panasonic V series 1080p plasma, and it is still working wonderfully. Would upscaled Blu ray content look worse on a 4K OLED in comparison to viewing it on a higher end plasma with a resolution native to the content? Likewise would 1080p Playstation 4 games have image deterioration on a 4K screen?

In essence, I'm looking for suggestions on if it is worth the $4500 purchase (this would be my entire annual bonus, so the decision is significant) or if, with the current state of streaming, physical movie media, and gaming, the difference between an excellent 55" 1080p plasma and a 55" 4k OLED would be minimal.

viewing distance is about 7 feet away.


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Definite upgrade imo
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I had the exact same tv. I noticed a significant improvement when i got my 60F8500. I imagine the OLED is going to be even better. Is your VT30 calibrated? I never got mine calibrated and the colors never were right, even in THX mode.
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A 1080p OLED would be significant superior to the vt30. Now 4K OLED playing 4K content.
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I had the exact same tv. I noticed a significant improvement when i got my 60F8500. I imagine the OLED is going to be even better. Is your VT30 calibrated? I never got mine calibrated and the colors never were right, even in THX mode.
It was never professionally calibrated. I just used the settings and adjustments recommended on the AVS owner's forum at the time.

My concern about 4K is the lingering memories I have about how poorly upscaled DVDs looked on a 1080p television. I fear the same quality gap between Blu rays and a 4K TV.
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Remember that DVDs are anamorphic (read: non-square pixels) and that 480 also isn't an exact multiple of 1080p. By comparison Blu-ray is not anamorphic and 1080 is an exact multiple of 2160.


(technically I believe Blu-ray can be anamorphic, but I don't know of any discs that actually do this)
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It was never professionally calibrated. I just used the settings and adjustments recommended on the AVS owner's forum at the time.

My concern about 4K is the lingering memories I have about how poorly upscaled DVDs looked on a 1080p television. I fear the same quality gap between Blu rays and a 4K TV.
Fear not my friend. Blu-Ray is one of the BEST looking sources on my OLED currently. It competes with the 4K streams from Amazon/Netflix. The upscale job is done really well. I watched some of Batman Begins / The Dark Knight this last week on Blu-Ray and was amazed every time a nighttime skyscraper shot would show up and my jaw would drop.

I will say my OLED isn't calibrated yet, but after it happens I'm not expecting any drop off in Blu-Ray quality.
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Fear not my friend. Blu-Ray is one of the BEST looking sources on my OLED currently. It competes with the 4K streams from Amazon/Netflix. The upscale job is done really well. I watched some of Batman Begins / The Dark Knight this last week on Blu-Ray and was amazed every time a nighttime skyscraper shot would show up and my jaw would drop.

I will say my OLED isn't calibrated yet, but after it happens I'm not expecting any drop off in Blu-Ray quality.
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I don't recall from which recent home theater geeks episode it was, but I've heard OLED's might have a short life span in terms of hourly usage?

If it was me I'd be waiting for HDR sets unless if this one is capable of it. I felt bad enough succumbing to the 64" panny last fall... but in my defense I was desperate to upgrade from a 40" LCD.
HDR sets are already being built & it seems like 2016 might be a good time to get into it since content will start being available... but probably expensive for a time.
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which model do you have ?
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I would suggest you take a look at the 55EC9300. I have seen them on sale for as low as $1500. I don't think 4K is really needed at 55", and I wouldn't pay $4500 for one. If you want OLED get the 55EC9300, save the difference and upgrade to a 65" 4K model a year or 2 from now when prices come down.
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The OLED will kill that plasma.

I agree with StinDaWg that the ec9300 may be the better option for you right now. As a new owner of a 4k set, I think 4k's main benefit is when using Windows desktop/programs and how sharp and clear text is as the difference is massive. For gaming and other content I don't think the difference is huge. It's there no doubt but if one's main use is going to be blu-ray then you may as well stick with the ec9300 and get a 4k oled later on when the price has dropped. I'd guess that doing this you'd basically get two sets for a bit more than the price of what the current 4k oled would set you back.

Another benefit of waiting on the 4k OLED is they should provide hdr support next year and beyond.
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The awful low fillrate kills the EC9300.

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The awful low fillrate kills the EC9300.
I do have to say that once I first noticed the SDE in the store, I had a hard time not noticing it. The gaps are really huge on that thing.

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