Originally Posted by otlbum
I am considering a purchase of a new set with the Sony A9G the front runner. I currently own the Pioneer Elite Kuro Pro-111FD 50" plasma purchased 10 years ago and it still looks great. Most of my viewing is done via Directv and an occasional movie from an OPPO BDP-103. What I'd like to ask from
owners with similar sources is whether there's a definite jump in picture quality from the plasma to warrant a purchase? If I do buy one, it would be calibrated. I don't know yet if purchasing a UHD player later on is something I'd do. Thank you.
I have a 50" Kuro (KRP-500M) that I purchased 10 years ago and 65" A9F (almost identical to the A9G) that I purchased in May.
If you're happy with your Kuro's brightness and have no plans to view any 4K content at all, you could stick with your Kuro and continue to enjoy it. However, even under that scenario, I'd still get an A9G based on my experience with the A9F.
Sony 9-series OLEDs have excellent upscaling and high-quality 1080p content, like Blu-ray discs, look shockingly good when upscaled to 4K. Perhaps your 103D would do an even better job (I seem to remember that model having 4K upscaling capability). This excellent upscaling combined with lower black levels (even lower than your Kuro) and much higher brightness has me rewatching much of my Blu-ray library and feeling like I'm seeing these titles again for the first time. I'm also very pleased with its handling of 1080i FIOS; it took some time to dial in the best settings to get there, but I now feel it's at least as good as my Kuro.
Maybe you don't plan on buying a UHD player yet. I've been comparing the Panasonic UB9000 and Pioneer LX500 side by side for the past few days, and while 4K on disc is definitely the pinnacle of A/V quality, I've been pleasantly surprised at how good 4K streaming content is on Netflix and Amazon. And once again, the quality of Sony's processing really helps in this regard. Even 1080p streaming content looks very good.
What others have already said about OLED's shortcomings are true and their impact on your experience is personal and subjective. My Kuro has better uniformity than my A9F, which has a slight blue cast on the far left side and some banding just above black. Motion on the Kuro is better, but we're talking degrees of difference, not night and day. In every other respect, the A9F is superior.
Knowing what I know now, I wouldn't hesitate to upgrade to the A9G even if my viewing of 4K content would be limited to start with. I think that could change quickly for you.