I looked at Vincent's video of the UK TV Shootout and have a couple of observations since I calibrated the LG C9 and the Sony A9G at the VE TV Shootout. Please note, the observations are for information purposes and absolutely not meant to be critical in any way of his or any other TV shootout.
1) Vincent's efforts to find content that pushes the displays should really be commended since I know first hand how difficult a task like this is.
2) For HDR Tone mapping, Vincent says he used CalMAN's new feature to re-create and customize the HDR tone mapping curves based on the Peak Luminance of the display. I did this as well on our C9, in fact I do this on every 2019 LG OLED I calibrate but "the powers to be" wanted the Dynamic Tone Mapping enabled because they felt it produced a better HDR picture. Although the DTM feature benefits from the HDR calibration, perhaps if we left DTM OFF the LG would have performed better at the US TV Shootout. Personally I agree with Vincent and prefer DTM set to OFF after calibration.
3) For uniformity, from my experience, except for the Panasonic, the Sony's are generally more uniform than the LG's. Not that you can't get an excellent LG but the Sony's overall have less uniformity issues, dark banding and tinting so this was consistent.
4) As for gaming, I think everyone will agree the LG is on another level in this area compared to other TVs but i'm not sure how Vincent weighed this score in the overall results. I would think this category had to push the LG up in the scoring since it did so well compared to the other TVs. I'm not sure how many consumers of these TVs use the gaming functions and for the consumer population who just wants the best video quality for movies, etc., they may have chosen one of the other TVs.
5) As far as Dolby Vision is concerned, I agree with Vincent, it's very hard to do since the Samsung doesn't have DV and the LG and Sony have TV led vs Player led implementations. But Matt Murray of AVPro, found a way with multiple players to send DV to the LG and Sony using their DV implementations and HDR10 to the Samsung. You could see the slight differences in LG and Sony's implementations and just how well the Samsung competed with it's HDR10 PM. Since DV is becoming more prevalent, it's a feature that needs to be compared.
At the end of the day i listened to Vincent's explanation of the judging and although blind testing helped get better non-biased results, i'm not convinced that professional judges either conscious or otherwise favored one set vs another based on manufacturer at the US TV Shootout. This is based on actual conversations with some of the judges after the US event where they explained differences in PQ between the sets that were not as obvious to me but to their trained eyes and knowledge was obvious to them and were able to point them out. This is why probably professionals and consumer voting is probably the best mixture along with blind testing as Vincent demonstrated.
Another thing you need to keep in mind is there were several firmware updates for the LG from the time of the US and the UK event which focused on near black and other PQ enhancements so it is also possible the PQ of the LG was improved and better than the Sony at the UK Shootout vs the US Shootout. This is a good thing showing LG is always improving their TVs but it needs to be pointed out.
Not being at the UK TV Shootout it was great to see Vincent's blow by blow description with the technical details and explanations. I hope some of my observations are helpful when comparing the Shootout events.
Sony 55A1E, A9F / LG 55OLEDC8
Marantz 7012, Ohm Walsh Speakers
Klein K10-A, Jeti 1501, Murideo Six-G Gen2
Calman Ultimate, ISF Level III Certified
Last edited by jrref; 08-21-2019 at 01:43 PM.