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I did not follow it live, so sony won again? Stands to reason because this shootout is more movie and home theater oriented rather than gaming oriented. Though this year the PQ difference is lesser between a9g and c9 than it was last year between the a9f and c8, but then again this year even the price difference between the a9g vs c9 is much narrower compared to last year. In the u.s., the a9f launched for 1000 usd more than the c8. This year the a9g is a few hundred more than c9 (while a8g is cheaper). And that's only for u.s. pricing. Other places where lg doesnt price the same as america, i can tell you that unlike previous years where lg held an advantage on pricing, this year they don't have an advantage because sony and panasonic are pricing their tv's much more aggressively to compete with lg.
In pricing terms at my place, the a9g and c9 are close (a9g is slightly more), and the panasonic gz950 (to be launched) will be exactly same as c9.
Lg's video processing may have improved over their last year's model but the expert scoring in the shootout shows that they are still playing catch up to sony and not exactly on the same level. This also means that lg will not be able to match this year's panasonic oled at the hdtvtest uk shootout since they havent been able to beat sony here. sony is using the same processor as their last year's model, but panasonic has a new processor this year.
Im not into purchasing lcd's but a quick comment about them too, im surprised that the q90r was ranked 4th, behind the z9f. Probably because this is about judging how closest the tv can get to the reference bvm-x300 monitor. However, in my opinion, the samsung q90r is a little better tv overall than the sony z9f.