Originally Posted by gadgtfreek
From the eye standpoint, and someone that has owned an EF9500, an E6, an A1E, an A8F, and the A9G, the A9G looks lovely on SDR and HDR post calibration, and is VERY bright. My uniformity is excellent too.
This is really good to hear. I have been following this thread closely
, with interest in how you guys are enjoying your new A9G sets. Well, I KNOW I am a proverbial "broken record" but I continue to be particularly inquisitive about how ya'll are finding your broadcast material (1080i material). I have been trying to view broadcast on an OLED (preferably a SONY) around our relatively rural Upper Michigan town, and there are very few owners (at least evident).
I would really appreciate your continued occasional input on just how clean you are able to pull that 1080i in. In our area, OTA is a tough pull of 60 miles across trees and terrain. Unfortunately, as Rtings has indicated, "up conversion" is seen as somewhat "subjective." Rtings doesn't even pretend to try and rate up conversion, but rather, they give EVERY panel the exact same rating as to how they handle 720/1080i. Cowards!
Feedback on 1080i material on your Sony A9G tends to be "Well it looks real good" or "I have no problem with 1080i material." No doubt, it is the SONY 65" A9G or nothing for me, due to the almost universally accepted belief that Sony does THEE best up conversion. No doubt, 1080p and 4K look 'jaw-droopingly great.' A given. The few Sony sets around town with 1080i that I have seen were the 900-F (and not tweaked out finely beyond basic "Custom" setting. That 1080i looked softish (and as "objective" as I can explain, it was inferior to a good 1080p set...facial features just were softish and inferior).
I really "get" that this is a 4K panel and that is the primary focus on here. Nevertheless, as broadcast/1080i is still a major player in our world, I think discussion of how the Sony A9G handles it is understated. It is the ONLY factor that keeps pulling me to the sidelines. I do not think that I am alone in feeling that one or two of three things need to happen: Preferably(a) we need mainline network (especially sports) broadcast to go 4K, or (b)4K panels need to address better upconversion, and/OR (c ) networks need to provide uniformly sharper/less compressed signals.