OLED vs Projector
So heres a discussion I haven't seen pop up in here. I'm highly interested in acquiring a 65ef9500 OLED because, naturally, I'm in pursuit of the ultimate black. This TV is frequently compared to other FALD LCD options, since that would be its competition until other OLED options exist, and it usually compares favorably as long as you don't get a bad/marginal panel with regards to uniformity.
Well, currently, my home theater setup involves a Panasonic AE4000 and a pull up from the floor 67" matte white screen. On a screen that small the image is plenty bright and even handles some ambient light quite well (in the sense that you can still see the image even if it loses some contrast). However, its sort of a waste of a projector given that I haven't even broken the ~75"+ botique size range. So size-wise a 65" panel TV would be fantastic.
Is anyone else going from a projector to an OLED TV to capitalize in the amazing contrast, and if so, where there anythings that you "missed" about the projector besides the obvious difference in potential screen size (not a factor for me since I can't really fit anything much larger).
When they were still selling VT60 plasmas I was tempted by them, but I think at the time I was satisfied enough by the projector and didn't have enough cash to justify the swap, but now OLED seems like such a big jump that it may be worth it.
I'm not put off by the vignetting (doesn't seem to be as bad on the ef9500, and even if you get a bad panel, there some to be more bad than good) and the yellow streak people have been obsessing over lately also seems to fade in time as you let the tv do its refres hat shutdown, so theres are issues that I'm aware of but not scared of.
The primary image quality/convenience attributes that an OLED TV would beat a projector on are the following from my perspective:
1. Obviously, better contrast. When an OLED pixel is off, its not emitting light. When a projector pixel is off, not only is the projector still outputting light, but any minute amount of ambient light in the room is raising the black level floor.
2. No dust blobs. When I first noticed a dust blob on my projector, I went through the steps to blow it out, it was good for a few months, and then I got another. Its a widespread problem on panasonic projectors and anything that doesn't have a sealed light engine. Its not unfixable, but I got tired of it so now i just tolerate the blobs in dark scenes instead of freaking out about them.
3. Focus/sharpness - Even if my projector didn't have the smooth screen filter that blurs out the gaps between the pixels, it still has quirks that are the realities of LCD projection - a $2000 projector can't have a $10,000 lens on it so it'll only get so sharp even when you've got the focus dialed in. The smooth screen eliminates black gaps between the pixels, but doesn't really do much to blur them. Then theres also panel convergence - its not bad on my projector by any means, but its just hard to have three perfectly converged LCD panels in a consumer projector. I think the smooth screen might be one thing my projector will do better than an OLED because OLEDs look like they have pretty bad fill ratios (lot sof black between pixels), but then on the 4k OLEDs, theres so many pixels that theres not a lot of room for black spaces between. I'm not in the market for a 1080p OLED so that might not matte.r
4. Better screen geometry - the pull up screen i have isn't tightly tensioned so while its not curved or incredibly wrinkled, its still a little wavy and thus not perfect. I don't really have a way to mount a properly tensioned screen on the wall (Apartment) and the OLED TV eliminates the need to have the screen and projector taking up space on opposite ends of the room. With the TV its just a single-unit solution.
There might be other benefits to OLEDs vs projectors or oleds vs my particular projector, but I'm more worried about tradeoffs that I might not have considered. As far as sizing is concerned I actually plan on keeping the projector anyway and using that in a more temporary role, like setting up a drive-in type deal at a friends house or getting a much larger screen if I end up moving to a bigger place. Is there anything else people can think of that might solidify my desire for an OLED or make me rethink projectors?