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My LG C9 vs Panasonic GZ1000 Impressions
I am writing my impressions to hopefully help members in Canada and Mexico who are considering these models, as our US neighbors do not have direct access to the Panny Oled's yet, although I have heard rumors they are coming in 2020.
There's a great deal of info on the Panny in the European forums such as avforums.com, but not so much on the NA forums. Please note these are my unscientific subjctive impressions based on hours of viewing. I also want to say that both are phenomenal TVs that IMO are the best currently available.
I was surprised by the UK shootout where the C9 came out number one in many important categories. I decided to purchase it because, at that time, it was cheaper than the GZ1000.
After 45 days with my C9, I decided to swap it out for a GZ1000. I may have had a less than ideal C9 sample as my peak brightness was measuring under 650. All other attributes tested fine. I am now over 400 hours on the Panny which is about the same mileage as I had on the C9 when I returned it.
Both sets were calibrated using a C6 HDR2000 meter with the TV's internal pattern generators to D65, Gamma 2.2, 100/cd/m2 night and 120/cd/m2 day. Both calibrated to a dE average below 1 for both grayscale and color.
I am not a gamer so I have no gaming impressions. I understand both sets are suitable for gaming, the C9 perhaps more so as a result of its HDMI 2.1 ports and its lower latency and VRR support. Another advantage to the C9 is its support for eARC which the Panny does not have so if you are streaming ATMOS through the TV apps this may be an advantage.
I use an external sound system so I did not compare the audio. Personally I did not care for the audio from either set. I also considered the more expensive GZ2000, but was not impressed with its built in speakers and did not think the increased image performance from the "pro" panel was worth the price difference, although admittedly I had very limited experience with it. I am sure there is some benefit to the reworked panel and its heavy metal plate. I found the GZ1000 to have such excellent SDR and HDR performance that IMHO I did not think the $1900 CDN price difference was warranted, especially considering most of the internals are the same such as the HCX Pro processor. I also did not like the look of the GZ2000 as much as a result of its sound bar at the bottom of the screen.
Back to the C9, GZ comparison. After several hours with both sets I preferred the GZ1000 for the following reasons. I found the processing, although great on the C9, slightly better on the Panny, especially with 1080i sources. I also found the image to look slightly more natural on the Panny. I also found the Panny to have a more 3d image, probably because the Panny panel I had was brighter than the C9 panel. Had I received a brighter C9 panel, perhaps this would not have been the case. I also observed a noticeable difference on near blacks, especially when looking at the darker gray patterns, notwithstanding the Panny had a brighter panel. Although this may be purely subjective and I did not have the benefit of comparing them side by side, I noticed better near black results in real world material as well. My overall impression was a more natural and pleasing image from the Panny with slightly better contrast throughout the range. Please note the differences are subtle but clearly noticeable.
Overall, I have enjoyed the Panny more than the C9 and have been continuously amazed at its image quality with various sources, including crappy 1080i cable material. The C9, however, is more feature rich and although the UI on the Panny is responsive, the C9 bests it and has much better app selection. This of course can be alleviated by using an external streamer such as Apple TV 4k.
Last edited by Knuck; 12-10-2019 at 10:52 AM.