Originally Posted by Soundizer17
Which is better at handling noisy compressed content that is found on streaming services such as Netflix, between SONY ZD9 or LG OLED? There are allot of consumers, including myself that only watch Streaming content services...
Whilst the 2016 LG OLEDs have the potential to exacerbate pre-existing posterization and macroblocking (where it exacerabates it, not creates it) and where the extent to which this happens will vary from panel to panel, the situation is significantly improved with respect to the 2017 model LG OLEDs to the extent it has for most people become a nonissue.
However, if the settings are adjusted too much whilst calibrating a 2017 model LG OLED TV then this will in fact create undesirable artefacts, including this problem. And this is the reason why you can't perfectly calibrate the colour with the LG OLED to the same perfection as you can with the PANASONIC OLED which is why with respect to colour accuracy the 2017 PANASONIC OLEDs slightly outperform the 2017 LG OLEDs regarding colour accuracy, as shown in these shootouts.
That said, if the 2017 LG OLEDs are calibrated properly (as opposed to improperly) then, unlike with the 2016 model LG OLEDs, this is a nonissue. Furthermore, there's a good chance that with the out-of-the-box settings this will not be an issue either, but if it is, then by having it professionally calibrated by a skilled calibrator this can and will be eliminated. So if or when you see anyone complaining of this problem whilst referring to a 2017 model LG OLED TV then this means that the TV has not been calibrated properly.
Even so, the motion handling and noise reduction is superior with respect to the Sony ZD9 (and Sony A1E OLED) as compared with the 2017 LG OLEDs. And the Sony ZD9 (and Sony A1E OLED) is more 'forgiving' and less fussy with respect to needing to be calibrated properly in this regard too.
The 2017 LG OLEDs are game-changing for us because of the peak panel luminance increase and significantly less aggressive ABL, however it's not perfect, and neither is the ZD9. It's important that you note and understand the various respective flaws regarding both the ZD9 and LG OLEDs such that you can make an informed decision with respect to which is the 'right' choice of TV for you. And if possible, personally view both TVs before buying, but I do realize that this sometimes isn't practical. Also, if you are going to be viewing a lot of noisy compressed content and are sensitive to and/or concerned about above black video performance, and depending upon what is your environment and other viewing preferences / criteria, then you might like to consider the SONY A1E OLED, given this has superior motion handling and noise reduction as compared with the LG OLEDs
Where I should say in closing that whilst all of LG OLED, SONY A1E OLED, and SONY ZD9 have their imperfections and flaws, they are all excellent TVs and all of which have the potential to deliver overall superb video performance