Originally Posted by 11thunder07
At the risk of getting laughed out of this thread....Does anyone buy one of these and just watch it or do I have to expect to spend hour after hour trying to find the "sweet spot" for the picture?
1. We have DTV non 4K
2. We watch movies and regular tv mostly with some sports and NASCAR races
3. We have one HD OTA channel and two SD channels. How will SD look upconverted?
4. Should I keep looking at OLED's or move on to something else?
I can't provide definitive answers, but I can share my experience.
1. I have Comcast / Xfinity cable.
2. "Watch" (half-focused - TV is just often on without dedicated viewing) a lot of dumb old reruns like police procedurals, sitcoms, etc. Also watch football (American and "world" versions
). Sometimes additional sporting events. Also documentaries, particularly nature oriented.
3. Watch broadcast movies via Xfinity; also watch movies via Amazon Prime and Netflix (both of which offer 4K under our plans). Movies we try for 4K and look for HDR / DV options, but have watched something we wanted to see even if only available in HD (we've only gone to the trouble of watching one SD movie other than through Comcast broadcast stuff, because we (I) wanted to watch it and it wasn't otherwise available in higher definition via our streaming options).
4. No UHD player, and I am unlikely to get one. I have a pre-UHD Oppo player, and a bunch of Blu-rays (including 3D) and regular DVDs, but hadn't bought a Blu-ray disc in a couple of years, so holding off on the player. I have purchased a few streaming UHD movies and will likely buy more, but we are not intense enough critical viewers to entice me to buy a bunch of physical media.
We upgraded to OLED from a Samsung LCD that was "high end" when purchased in 2012. The Samsung was slowly showing signs of dying, so we made the move to LG OLED. Still hope to get some viewing out of the Samsung since it is 3D and we have a number of 3D discs that we've enjoyed - but the Samsung is now in a bedroom / guestroom and doesn't have an audio system to go with the dying panel.
Completely happy with the LG OLED. We also have a 55" display as space constraints don't allow us to go bigger. Great PQ and a clear upgrade when watching 4K. Some of the HDR / DV stuff is amazing
. For SD content via Comcast or elsewhere, it's mostly fine and comparable to our prior display - not worse but not improved either as far as I can tell. There is some crappy content out there (thinking really old TV series like Psych or some other older stuff we watch occasionally) but it looks no worse than on the prior Samsung. I've read / heard anecdotally that some crappy source content can really show its flaws on bigger displays, but coming from a 55" to an OLED 55" we haven't noticed degradation. Our LG is not calibrated; we used various setting options found in this thread and elsewhere and tweaked to our liking - it's not hard to get to a great PQ using only web resources and user-adjustable settings.
I should also note that I deliberately did not put my display through various torture tests, etc. -- I'd done that in the past, but resolved not to do it this time. Had I noticed anything (banding, other visual distractions) in normal content, I'd have done a more serious deep-dive on the display such as grey slides, etc. before my return period expired - but since we haven't seen anything distracting or bothersome in normal content, we're just enjoying the display.
In sum, very happy to have moved to an LG OLED. Crappy source content doesn't look "worse" than it otherwise would, and high quality source content is a very clear upgrade - some of it mind-blowingly stunning visually. I wouldn't hesitate to upgrade again in the same circumstances we found ourselves 5 or so months earlier.