Originally Posted by RBO
Good to know. So, it was simply a cost effectiveness issue or bang fro the buck factor. That's what I assumed. But it is good to know for sure that you think the C9 is still an improvement in baby steps development that LG follows. I have often wondered why it is that developers don't just keep selling year to year the same exact tech until they can put out a truly advanced model to justify consumer upgrades.
I think they need to add something each year because they are being compared with the other manufacturers each year. There are often minor advancements but they are not aimed at owners of the last year's model. I find the concept of buying such a huge new expensive television every year absolutely baffling. Technology doesn't change that fast. Same with mobile telephones. Way too expensive, with too few advancements, to replace that quickly.
I'd say that each year, the new model is aimed at whomever is in the market for buying a new TV. Only a tiny, tiny fraction of those will be owners of the same manufacturer's existing model! The vast majority will be people who are buying a new TV for the normal reasons - the natural end of life of their previous one (for me, 8+ years old, for others, fewer, say 3-5). Only an extremely rich person, or someone who accepts that they are paying a large premium (even during the year prices plunge), would buy the "next year" model form what they own.
The C9 is not an advancement so much as just a money draw for the developer. Thanks for the response.
Don't agree with your framing, see above :-). There's one big change for us amateur trainee calibrators on the 2019 models - the built-in pattern generator. This enables calibration of Dolby Vision without spending ludicrous money for massively overpriced Dolby-Vision-capable pattern generators. With what I have no I can calibrate SDR and HDR10/HLG. But I can't ever fully calibrate Dolby Vision on my C8.
I wouldn't dream of "upgrading" to a C9 just for that, I'd lose a packet of money. I've just filed it mentally as "ok, in 3-5 years time it looks like they'll all have built-in pattern generators, cool".