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Sony A8 or LG C9?

In the market for a new TV for the bedroom. Uses will be TV and movies only. Netflix/Amazon/HULU and cable. Will be used mostly at night in a dark room.

They seem to be pretty similar in every fashion. Currently have Sony 900b. Decided on OLED over LCD bc this will be 90% at night in the the dark.

The one thing I really like about the sony is the low profile mount that has a swivel. That's awesome. The LG does not have that.

I have a full blown dedicated theater for my fun movies and what not. This is just for casual TV viewing before bed and binge watching netflix etc.. for an hour or two before bed.

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For your usage, whichever is cheaper

But it sounds like the A8 will look better with the swivel

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LG C9 has better PQ.

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That's a big stretch but whatever, don't want to derail the thread

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LG C9 has better PQ.
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Well, the C9 and the A9G are pretty similar in PQ, each with its pros and cons. The A9G beat the C9 in the US shoot-out, and the C9 beat the A9G in the EU shoot-out, so IMO pretty similar overall (the C9 is better for gaming and reportedly has more "pop" whereas the A9G has better upscaling and motion). The A8 is a step down, so I would second the C9 over the A8. But, you really can't go wrong with any of these options, and the differences in PQ between them are splitting hairs.
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Well, the C9 and the A9G are pretty similar in PQ, each with its pros and cons. The A9G beat the C9 in the US shoot-out, and the C9 beat the A9G in the EU shoot-out, so IMO pretty similar overall (the C9 is better for gaming and reportedly has more "pop" whereas the A9G has better upscaling and motion). The A8 is a step down, so I would second the C9 over the A8. But, you really can't go wrong with any of these options, and the differences in PQ between them are splitting hairs.
This is what I'm thinking.

I guess I was looking for any real world practical reasons why the LG would be better. Something like the user interface or something like that that just makes living with the TV easier. The zero depth swivel mount on the Sony is worth much more to me than some questionably discernible difference in PQ.

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A8G has the better picture. C9 has more gaming features.
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Well, the C9 and the A9G are pretty similar in PQ, each with its pros and cons. The A9G beat the C9 in the US shoot-out, and the C9 beat the A9G in the EU shoot-out, so IMO pretty similar overall (the C9 is better for gaming and reportedly has more "pop" whereas the A9G has better upscaling and motion). The A8 is a step down, so I would second the C9 over the A8. But, you really can't go wrong with any of these options, and the differences in PQ between them are splitting hairs.
Yes agreed, dont know where some of these guys think the A8 is better pq wise...other than it's a Sony so therefore it must be better...either way it's a win win for the OP, for which ever set he/she chooses.
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A8G has the better picture.
Based on what? I actually have never seen a direct comparison between them (all the comparisons I see in shoot-outs and reviews are between the A9G and C9, not the A8G).

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Based on what? I actually have never seen a direct comparison between them (all the comparisons I see in shoot-outs and reviews are between the A9G and C9, not the A8G).
A8G is just as good as the A8F and A1E. I haven't seen any LG OLED match a Sony in picture quality (upscaling, motion handling, and overall refinement). Just my opinion.

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A8G is just as good as the A8F and A1E. I haven't seen any LG OLED match a Sony in picture quality (upscaling, motion handling, and overall refinement). Just my opinion.
By all reports, the 2019 C9 has better PQ than the 2018 C8, whereas the 2019 Sony's have the same PQ as the 2018 Sony's. LG has clearly narrowed the gap this year. That being said, Sony still has the advantage for upscaling and motion handling, which is why the A9G was the best choice for me. But there is no objective evidence that the A8G (a step down from the A9G) has better overall PQ than the C9, especially with 4k material.
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I guess I was looking for any real world practical reasons why the LG would be better. Something like the user interface or something like that that just makes living with the TV easier. The zero depth swivel mount on the Sony is worth much more to me than some questionably discernible difference in PQ.
A real world reason to choose the LG C9 over the Sony A8 is that LG's remote and OS are actually nice to use. Other than that for purely movie and tv show viewing it's going to be so close you can't go wrong with either. I chose the C9 for the aforementioned reason and because I game on mine. I wish Sony would get their act together. They have amazing game consoles, yet their TV's are in need of improvement in that regard.
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A real world reason to choose the LG C9 over the Sony A8 is that LG's remote and OS are actually nice to use. Other than that for purely movie and tv show viewing it's going to be so close you can't go wrong with either. I chose the C9 for the aforementioned reason and because I game on mine. I wish Sony would get their act together. They have amazing game consoles, yet their TV's are in need of improvement in that regard.


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A8G has the better picture. C9 has more gaming features.
I'm not sure about that. A8G is basically a repackaged A8F. The A9 is a little better than the lg C9 I think, but when i saw the A8F next to a C8 (last year's models), outside of motion I thought C8 looked a bit better. So i cannot see A8G being better than the C9, C9 has some processing improvements over last year's model.
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I'm not sure about that. A8G is basically a repackaged A8F. The A9 is a little better than the lg C9 I think, but when i saw the A8F next to a C8 (last year's models), outside of motion I thought C8 looked a bit better. So i cannot see A8G being better than the C9, C9 has some processing improvements over last year's model.
Well, people can prefer what they want. Some liked the C7 over the A1E. X1 Extreme processing and Sony's upscaling algorithms are still superior to anything from LG.

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^you repeat this a lot...why not add this to your sig Show us anything that says the A8 series is superior to a C8/C9??? A better comparison would be A9G to the C9. You dont see videophiles on here running towards the A8 series instead of the 9 series...im assuming for obvious reasons.
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Hello Everyone,

I am looking for advice on which OLED to choose. I just picked up the C9 and I already have the C6, but I am wondering if I should return the C9 for the Sony A8G. They are both the same price right now. My issue with the C9 is that it is just like my C6 with motion handling.
Most times it is OK, but then other time the Jutter can be really disturbing, especially with 24 or 30 fps content. I usually turn of there "User" motion controls because I can't stand the SOE. I also dislike their True Cinema option On as I think that causes motion trails and try to turn it off whenever possible. Unfortunately, they grey it out as 'On' on a lot of their HDR picture modes, which drive me crazy. I have learned to deal with the occasional bad judder as a compromise.
My question is, are the A8G picture and motion handling much better than the C9 that it would be worth returning it for. I do realize that I would be giving up the future support like HDMI 2.1, eARC, Variable Refresh, and Low Latency gaming. I just don't want to do it if the motion handling is not that much better. Does anyone feel that the Sony would greatly improve my viewing experience?
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Oled's motion resolution is mediocre whichever brand you choose. Good frame interpolation could only do so much. No frame interpolation is going to make motion way better over another brand. Sony's looks a little smoother with frame interpolation especially in slow panning shots but not much different, casual people won't see any difference. I dont know what you mean by Jutter, I think you meant stutter. Stutter is an inherent flaw with oled because the grey-to -grey response time is very fast on oled and it causes a stutter effect in low fps content (24/30 fps etc.), it's not an issue with 60fps content as frames blend into each other much faster. True cinema (or is it called real cinema?) on lg does 5:5 with movies which helps to remove pulldown judder without introducing interpolation based SOE, but stuttering can still be present with it.
If you're looking for motion improvement, watch out for 120hz black frame insertion on next year's oled panels, remains to be seen how good 120hz frame insertion will be to frame interpolation or 5:5, but definitely something to look forward to if you are critical of motion.

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just found this thread and opened myself up to the option of ag8 vs c9 (my samsung plasma died and i cannot wait for the class action money lol)

sole source is OTA and it seems from reading this and other threads that sony may have slight advantage or at least equal to c9 for my purpose?
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Sony does a better job than LG upscaling SDR material, such as TV broadcasts. So yes, Sony should have a slight advantage.

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just found this thread and opened myself up to the option of ag8 vs c9 (my samsung plasma died and i cannot wait for the class action money lol)



sole source is OTA and it seems from reading this and other threads that sony may have slight advantage or at least equal to c9 for my purpose?


I’ve had the a8g for a couple weeks now and am thrilled. I’m sure I would equally impressed with the c9.

But the upscaing, motion, and swivel mount were important to me.

If over the air only I would go Sony.


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I’ve had the a8g for a couple weeks now and am thrilled. I’m sure I would equally impressed with the c9.

But the upscaing, motion, and swivel mount were important to me.

If over the air only I would go Sony.


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Nice decision. I'm weighing this also; similar situation to you, bedroom TV, mostly dark casual movie/tv shows, and PC streaming over Nvidia Shield. The A8G is pretty much same price as the C9 now, B&H is even including a $150/$250 gift card (55"/65") with it right now. Decisions....
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Nice decision. I'm weighing this also; similar situation to you, bedroom TV, mostly dark casual movie/tv shows, and PC streaming over Nvidia Shield. The A8G is pretty much same price as the C9 now, B&H is even including a $150/$250 gift card (55"/65") with it right now. Decisions....


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In the market for a new TV for the bedroom. Uses will be TV and movies only. Netflix/Amazon/HULU and cable. Will be used mostly at night in a dark room.

They seem to be pretty similar in every fashion. Currently have Sony 900b. Decided on OLED over LCD bc this will be 90% at night in the the dark.

The one thing I really like about the sony is the low profile mount that has a swivel. That's awesome. The LG does not have that.

I have a full blown dedicated theater for my fun movies and what not. This is just for casual TV viewing before bed and binge watching netflix etc.. for an hour or two before bed.

Thanks for any help!!
This low profile mount/swivel - is this a wall mount? And is it a separate accessory you have to purchase?
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This low profile mount/swivel - is this a wall mount? And is it a separate accessory you have to purchase?


Yes. It’s a wall mount sold separately.


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