Originally Posted by mfiman
I just purchased a 2018 LG OLED C8 65” television. I had been intending to wait and get the 2019 (C9) model, but Costco had the C8 on sale for $2499 (the C9 is now selling for $3499). I couldn’t resist; I bought the C8.
I won’t be able to use the 2019's new Alexa feature (as I access TV through TiVo); I don’t need the C9’s AirPlay 2 (as I have AirPlay 2 via my separate Apple TV streamer; I don’t much care about HDMI 2.1 (I’m not a gamer). Really, as far as I can tell, the only incentive for me to consider the 2019 model is the improved processor — with the promise of brighter looking images and smoother gradations. But that doesn’t seem close to a $1000 benefit. I can afford to pay the extra money, but I don’t want to waste it on what seems a relatively minor improvement.
Regardless, I am still debating. I have 90 days to exchange the C8 for a C9. As of now, I am solidly leaning towards keeping the C8. Wondering if others here might have a different take — and push me the other way.
VRR (gamers only)
eARC & Dolby Atmos (if you have an audio system that supports it)
improved color volume
improved WebOS (runs smoother, plus a few more options)
seems to be better with temporary image retention
screen is less darkened for news channels that have icons, banners, etc.
possibly better at avoiding burn-in, time will tell (less relevant for non-gamers and non-news watchers)
more resolutions supported plus improved input lag at 120Hz (gamers only or for people who use tv as a monitor)
metal stand instead of plastic
improved audio (irrelevant if you use external audio)
Plus what you mentioned:
Alexa Google Assistant & Airplay 2 (redundant for you)
HDMI 2.1 (which may also benefit non-gamers in the future due to the increased bandwidth)
Probably a couple other changes, but I think that is a fairly complete list.