Originally Posted by Omni009
Thanks for the response. I watch very little SD content anymore, but it sounds like 1080P will look just as good or better, so that's a plus. Good to hear that there should be a few WOW moments coming. When I look at those comparison displays at Best Buy, it seriously looks like they have standard and HD rather than HD and 4K going. I can look at their HD side and honestly say that my HD on my plasma looks much better. I assume they gimp the hell out of those demos.
Been brushing up on the banding discussions. It sounds like I should let it do an "auto compensation cycle" and then put some hours on it before I throw on those 5% slides that I'm seeing everywhere. This is for dark room viewing as well, so I don't want something that will be noticeable. But I won't go hunting for issues either.
Store demos are going to almost always be junk since the sets in their store/torch modes and have sharpness jacked up and all that other crap that kills an image.
I got my first oled, a 65" c8, a few weeks ago and the oled image is pretty great. Unfortunately, I had to send it back since there was a big blob in the upper left corner in dark scenes and it was a clear defect. Got my replacement on Tuesday and no blob so that's good.
As for as banding, it is indeed annoying and on my first c8 it seemed to get worse each auto comp cycle and I returned it with around 190 hours. On my current c8, I am thinking I am seeing the same thing with it getting worse yet I am at around 40 hours so we shall see if anything changes as I get into the triple digit hours total. What really sucks is yesterday the banding was pretty mild to the point I'd have been fine if it never got better yet an auto comp cycle overnight and today it's more visible. Pretty ridiculous that something built into the tv like that can make an issue worse.
The one bright side with banding is that at least from my experience, it's not super common and isn't a guarantee just because a scene is a night/dim scene. The content has to be encoded at a specific video level for it to show up and the level is usually an elevated black/hazy/low contrast look level.
My recommendation with oled right now is mixed. On one hand the image is amazing sans the times banding shows up yet on the other, the fact banding exists and one has to rely on such a panel lottery is pretty annoying and I think it may just be better to wait to see if this issue is ever actually corrected. It probably won't be unless another company starts to make panels as LG has no real incentive to improve it if people have no other option.