Well, I decided to give the A9F a try. Mainly because my girlfriend is getting sick and tired of us always watching movies on my Macbook Pro while I sit on my money and wait for uniformity issues to be resolved with OLED.
Honestly, I will say that the bands on my A9F are definitely better than the two B6 OLEDs I had in 2016, as well as the A1E I briefly tested in 2017. There’s a very thick left band/discoloration about 25% to the left of the center which I saw in Marco Polo using my preferred settings of about 32ftL in Custom Mode. The band is noticeable up to about 20% IRE, but most of the (very) faint ones are only noticeable at 5% only.
No, it’s not bad. And might not be a big deal to some, but for me, someone who is rather anal about uniformity, it’ll drive me nuts. So after running it for a couple of days and running one long comp cycle, I’ll probably live with it for a week - but most likely will return it.
I’m not going to be running any more tests or providing much else, but if you’re curious about something in particular then send me a private message and I’ll try to answer it the best I can.
Just some notes: I calibrated SDR-only using my iDisplayPro. I only did a 2-point and CMS and everything fell into place pretty easily doing this and this alone targeting BT1886.
The only thing that threw me off with calibration is something I also ran into with the old LG B6. Black Level at default of 50 crushes out black bars 17-18-19. Raising it to 53 fixes this (although 17 is still barely noticeable). But it spoils zero black, meaning that I set it back to 50, despite the fact that it’s crushing. I found this very odd, because the A1E I had was dead-on right out of the box. I’m sure a pro calibration could solve all this, but it’s unlikely I’ll be going down that road. I still think that my old VT60 exhibited better shadow detail, but that’s just going off of memory from three years ago before I sold it.
Honestly, I think Sony is on the right track here, but for 5K, I think I’ll wait it out a bit longer and see what LG and Sony have in store for 2019.
Here is 5% post calibration in Custom Mode with Brightness at 15 to cater to my pitch black viewing conditions.
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