Firstly, did anyone see the new Hunger Games in theaters? I just saw that in IMAX yesterday and boy did it really make me appreciate the blacks that OLED
can achieve and the depth that they provide. Cloudy blacks all over the place in that movie were very distracting - and this is in an obviously very expensive, legit IMAX theater. I will say, as someone else noted, Interstellar in 70mm IMAX did not have this problem (in my pre-OLED ownership viewing experience
), but that's essentially 18K resolution film and my OLED looked just as good as that, except even better at clearly rendering the 35mm shots. Since I was being critical in my viewing yesterday, even the IMAX had some vignetting on the top end of the screen and some noticeable non-uniformity (likely due to the canvas).
Seeing a movie at reference in theaters again after owning this OLED has opened my eyes once more to how great this set is, while also humbling me a bit for the kind of perfection I should be expecting out this consumer grade television set.
To recap my issues- On my set (55" 509) I had some very distracting banding in dimly lit scenes and poor near black response when setting brightness properly to not crush any black above reference. I've been running at 49 brightness to mask most of the near black issues - but the banding was still bothering me a lot.
So to fix some of my issues coming out of black, especially to eliminate the banding, without major black crush this is what I have used so far with great results. This is all without a meter but things are looking very good, with very minor notices in skin color fluctuations when actors move from one light source to another, but I think I can get rid of that. It's important to note that my set was visually pushing a lot of green in both the high and low ends
, and I'm still crushing a bit of pesky black, but less than before. Also, after giving the Consumer Reports' settings a try for a while, I've grown to enjoy a higher OLED light and contrast than some of you may like. But I'm really enjoying the realism it is providing - to each their own with those settings I'd say.
As others have mentioned, I've found one of the best ways to make sure my set is showing 0 black properly is to display a 0% grey slide, and ensure there is no grey band(s) popping up. (Mine usually shows as a vertical band about 1 foot from the left edge of the screen when at reference black using flashing bars test (54 brightness)). I've also tried this while boosting brightness to reference (54B) or above it, then dropping combinations of 5% IRE colors down or 2point lows, but I kept ending up with the same crush as 49 brightness. I combined this method with viewing trouble scenes in multiple forms of content to find a good middle ground.
Here's what I'm running now.
69 OLED Light
Sharp 10 on both
Color 54 (boosted a bit from reference, shoot me)
Also true motion 1dejudder and 10 deblur. Cinema Smooth on, all other enhancements off.
It's not 100% perfect yet for all shades of colors - but for me it's SOOO much less distracting on the banding front than my set was, even at 49 brightness. It's also pulling more detail out of black but it's not making things cloudy or showing off terrible compression. I'm very happy so far. Figured I'd share as that's what this place is for
Just don't go getting your panties in a bunch over my oled light and slight black crush