Didn't see a W8 thread, so thought I'd start one.
My OLED77W8P arrived last weekend exactly at the end of the renovation that built the space it would go into, so spent the weekend installing it. I moved -very- slowly with it so the whole thing took two days.
The "Wallpaper" specific parts
Amazing. It simply is the way all TV's should be. When you put it in "Art Gallery" mode, you really have a hard time believing the pictures aren't real. The sound bar initially seems like a waste, as spending this $$ without a matching quality sound system would be silly. However, it's really a lot more than a sound bar... all the AV processing happens inside that box, so there's no way around it's existence. Having said that, it's very solidly built, so I mounted it directly on shelf brackets with small spacers so it looks like it's "floating", and I'm happy with the result. Using the extension cable I could have run it down to the basement where the result of the AV equipment now is, but it's actually a nice addition to the decor.
Much Wow. First, as most know, this is the exact same panel as all the other OLED's, so there's no advantage to the other OLED's. Still amazing, especially after cranking up the OLED light brightness. I haven't had the panel calibrated professionally yet, I'm just playing the settings myself to see what I prefer. I found the shadows too dark OOB, so I've increased brightness and decreased contrast a bit to show off more shadow detail, but still a work in progress.
The A9 Processor
Near as I can tell, this is the only thing different from the W7 models. While I can't compare to the 2017 processor side by side, I did pull up episode one of Cheers on Netflix (so clearly an SD source), and was very impressed with the upscaling. You could see it trying to work magic, as the results varied depending on the amount of motion and angles, but in many cases the face detail seemed close to 1080p quality. Sometimes I find the motion processing in some scenes a bit jarring (Westworld S2E1 source last night), but I can't put my finger on why yet.
I am using an external receiver (Denon AVR-6400H) over HDMI ARC, with CEC on and audio sync settings enabled on both ends. I haven't noticed any audio lag issues except over some of the IP-based TV channels. I've had no issue running a NetFlix Dolby Atmos stream down the receiver and getting (in my setup) 5.1.4 back out. (All the speakers are now in-wall DefTechs except for a SuperCube to keep the wallpaper streamlined theme going)
The UI is fast and responsive, and while we are still getting used to it, it seems like we will be able to run everything we need directly from the TV (Netflix, Plex, Live TV, Amazon Prime). I was pleasantly surprised by the LG Content Search feature that finds content across multiple providers.
First off it's packed very well. I nearly fainted when it came off the truck and I saw a massive gouge in the cardboard box. Fortunately LG put a protective internal layer inside which is more tear resistant and prevented the gouge from doing any real damage. The installation manual is fairly weak, lots of pictures but few words, and clearly this is not something you want to guess on. The clearances are tiny so you need to make sure you use the right stuff in the right spot. So I recommend that the LG installation video on YouTube, which will help put some context and explain what all the "extra bits" are for (one of the other installation videos out there ends with the installers discovering the screws they should have been using in the box... ooops).
The panel and mount are light (for their size), so you need two people to lift the panel just to keep it stable, but no one needs to be particularly strong.
The red screw insert/mounts are too much for drywall "as is", as the screw gets driven in, the stress will cause the mount to "spin" in the drywall. I recommend cutting off the end of the mount as it's superfluous in 1/2" drywall. The instructions seem rather focused on wood and masonry walls which I found odd. The key if you are mounting in drywall is to ensure that you've got screws going into at least two studs (obviously those don't need screw mounts). And the slots are nicely spaced so no matter where you need to mount the TV, you'll be able to find a slot to access a stud (there are two rows of slots so 100% coverage).
was how stiff the ribbon cable is. It's NOT like an old-fashioned IDE ribbon cable, much heavier duty. So if you put a center speaker in between the sound bar and the TV and need to route behind it, don't expect to be able to do any fancy routing of the cable. Some awkward positioning of studs took up most of my installation time. The extension cable is included, but again, very stiff. SO PLAN AHEAD for how you are going to mount it if you intend to have a center speaker, especially an in-wall. There is very little flexibility in the distance between the panel and the sound bar.
- The ads on the LG Content Store. Seriously? Spend this amount of cash on a TV and there's a need for ads in one tiny place of the TV?
- I wish the HDMI/USB inputs were angled inwards. The box has to sit some distance from the wall to accomodate high quality HDMI cables that have limited flexibility.
- The Alexa functionality has been unimpressive, sometimes you have to "ask LG to" and sometime not, and several of the commands it's listed didn't seem to work. But still getting used to it. We don't plan on using the Google Assistant piece, just doesn't seem necessary so far.
- When it first fired up, I couldn't access any of the advanced/expert picture mode settings. After a firmware upgrade to 3.00.62, the options opened up.
- After the firmware upgrade it said it would be complete after a restart. On/Off button didn't generate a restart, and LG support said it is supposed to restart itself, but it didn't so had to pull the plug and hard reboot.
- According to the website, 3.00.75 is the most recent firmware, but the "check update" button shows no update available.