Originally Posted by rjcook
I'll be looking for your report after calibration, as I too have an 11 year old Kuro and am wondering if now is the time to jump to an A9G. Looking at the A8 I see the advantages you mention but also wonder if the Kuro still does at least as well on the other characteristics you noted. Without a side by side comparison I can't really tell.
The 2 areas that the Sony (or any Oled) will never match the Kuro are screen uniformity and motion. You just can’t beat the Kuro in those areas as of this date. The color accuracy of the Sony “should” match the Kuro once calibrated to the same level. Right now, the Kuro is still surpassing my Sony in this regard. Shadow detail on the Kuro is perfect imo. I’m not sure if the Sony will ever match it.
While the deep inky blacks of Oleds are incredible, I was never really wanting for deeper blacks on the Kuro though. There are only one or 2 movies that I can think of that brought it to its knees because of the super low contrast of the scenes. In the foreign film “El Orfanato” there is a dark scene where a person goes down into their basement. The contrast of these scene is super low and its’s at this point that the inky blacks of the Kuro are no longer. I think the beginning of Pans Labrynth also has a scene like this. Can’t remember for sure. Anyway, these are rare occurrences with movies that I’ve seen but they did expose the underbelly of the Kuro. I don’t think Oleds will have this problem.
The spectral highlights are outstanding on the Sony and the Kuro can’t match it. Same goes for overall light output, at least with HDR content. All these in your face Oled delights are amazing overall, but sometimes I think it can take away from the classic cinematic experience that the Kuro delivers in spades. The jury is still out on this, but my wife who has a good eye, at this point, prefers the Kuro for movies. Especially those with film grain and those that are epic like Lawrence of Arabia, for example.
I personally think the positives of the Sony will outweigh the negatives. It’s only the uniformity issue, that at times, bothers me most, followed by motion, but neither of which are “terrible”. I am feeling out these two issues as the days go by to see if I can naturally adjust to them. I am also slightly fearful of burn in and image longevity more-so than I was with the Kuro. Never a hint of burn in on the Kuro over all these years plus the image is as good and as bright as it was on day 1! Having said that, most calibrators in the field are not seeing many burn in issues yet. I have 3 weeks remaining till I can return the Sony. My hunch is that I won’t be doing that because the Sony’s strengths are that good. We’ll see and I will update after I calibrate it later his week.