Frequent lurker, infrequent poster here. I apologize in advance for the length of this post but as a former English major and current lawyer, brevity is not a strength of mine.
I've got an LG 65C7 and an LG 65C8. Both are spectacular. C7 has over 2000 hours. C8 has over 700 hours. I followed no special "break in" with either of them. Both have very good uniformity using 5% slides (word of note - my personal belief is that you should use slides rather than the 5% YouTube video). I've not had either one of them professionally calibrated, though it remains on my to-do list. I have, however, used a calibration disc to try to dial in the SDR settings as best as I can.
I don't believe in good luck. I think the fact that I am two for two is not good luck. Rather, it is evidence that you stand a better chance of being thrilled with your purchase than disappointed.
Although I don't believe in good luck, I do believe in bad luck. For any of you who monitored the early C7 thread, I followed
's travails with his C7 since he and I got our units at about the same time and I kept hoping that he would get a good one. If anyone deserved to catch a break, it was VidPro. Unfortunately, VidPro has had bad luck, very bad luck, in my opinion. Despite this, he has my undying admiration for never going scorched earth on the technology.
There are many flamethrowers in these forums that will roll their eyes and cast my opinion as naive and even pollyannaish. That's fine, I've got thick skin. Nothing will change the fact that I am thoroughly satisfied with both of my purchases.
That being said, on my C8 I do see the phenomenon of blocking/flashing exhibited in The Handmaid's Tale that
have referenced. Although I do not see this on my C7, I cannot rule out differences in display settings between the two devices as being the cause of the differing results. Yes, I am bothered by this on my C8. However, I watch a lot of varying content on my C8 and I see this phenomenon rarely enough that it does not change my overall satisfaction with my purchase. I am still well within the warranty period and it happens rarely enough that I'm not even considering a return or a replacement.
So if you chose to skip to the end of this ridiculously long post, yes I am happy with my OLED purchase.