OMG!! I forgot how much torture it is to actually read through these threads, LOL!
I bought a 60" Panny ST30 in 2011. Actually started the settings thread, too...haven't bought a TV since...
Pulled the trigger today on the 65" LG C9. Got a pretty good deal, too, panel, insured in-home delivery, with 2 year in-home service warranty for a really good price. I was all excited...
And then I made the mistake of reading this thread. Why did I do that?
Every post with a problem crushes my hopes and leaves me feeling fiscally irresponsible and certain of defects and picture issues that will drive me crazy.
Every positive post leaves me thinking "my God, maybe there's hope".
You guys remember the 1080p picture slide break in for the Panny plasmas? I did that for a week straight, 24/7, then got the ST30 pro calibrated.
Thing's been running like a champ for almost a decade...hard to believe...still out performs friends' LCD panels. Was definitely worth the torture of not using my new TV for a week for break-in.
But she's getting long in the tooth, lost some black level, and she's only 1080p, so she'll make a great bedroom TV (right now got some crappy no name 42" LCD from like '08 in there).
But man, can anyone help my buyer's remorse? Is coming from a ST30 to this going to be great or a damn nightmare? I'm all about PQ, had all post-processing crap off on the Panny.
I'm not rich, either, I worked my ass off and got tons of overtime just to even think about dropping 2k on a new set. So this isn't like some people who can just go buy another one...also getting this one calibrated by a pro most likely next month.
Some people talk about lack of brightness on the C9, but they said the same about the ST30, and it's in a living room that is open with the kitchen and dining room, but never had an issue with it being too dim. Besides, anytime we all sat down to watch a movie, lights went off and there's no competing light sources.
Being that this is my first foray into 4k goodness, I realized that my beloved Yamaha RX-A750 is 4k pass thru/upscale but does not have Dolby Vision or HDR10+...is it worth it to drop $700 on a new AVR, as well or is basic 4K gonna be enough for my demanding perfection for a while?
So my setup when the TV arrives will be: LG C9, Yamaha RX-A750 AVR, Nvidia Shield TV pro (2017), DirecTV DVR, everything running through the receiver, with ARC to TV.
Should I run the C9 on this YouTube 10 hour color slide video that my calibrator linked me to on a loop 24/7 or for a certain amount of time and then turn off for pixel refresh? Can the TV even run continuously or does it have an auto shutoff that cannot be disabled?
If I get a meter, does the CaLMAN software on the TV have a pattern generator so I can do future calibrations myself without having to buy one?
I'm so conflicted right now...