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In Reply to: RE: Is this the right year to buy an OLED 4K TV? posted by Jim Pearce on December 11, 2016 at 21:02:37
I'm guessing you waited?
Prices of the OLED did drop pretty good this year. Before I bought from anyone showing those low ball prices online I'd check with LG to be sure they were authorized and you have a honored warranty.
Being at the end of the year it is a tough decision to jump or not, I'd say it depends on how bad you want to upgrade from what you have. I suspect prices would be some lower in 2017. I also would guess the Sony models to be better than LG, at least brighter. Then again LG has been at it longer, and experience counts for something.
I think you'd notice a difference with 4k from what you are viewing now. From what I understand the "real" eye popping difference is when watching content with HDR. Which reminds me Dolby has a rival scheme, Dolby Vision, LG comes with both so that's a plus to cover any format war base.
I recently got a Samsung 4k 8000 series, but viewing 4k has been limited so far. The Sammy looks great though when upconverting even DVD to it's 4k native resolution.
Do your research on HDMI, there's no such thing as 4k or 2.0 HDMI, it's only a pipe. With that being said it will need to be "high speed" to have the bandwidth for 4k HDR content. If you want to be sure look to see what is DPL certified, brands like Tributaries or Transparent's Hardwired series are certified and reasonably priced, as far as quality brands go. Myself I will buy the higher priced cables. Some by the $5 Monoprice or whatever, but I've had better cables than that go defective. I still have Tributaries 1.3 cables that have served with no issue.
The Sammy 4k player is down to about $199.00 and Oppo is coming with their player at $549.00. I'd bet we see others at CES. Now if we'd see some discs. The LG should have apps built in to give access to 4k, from Amazon or Netflix, I'm sure others are out there, via Wyfi.
As you can see from the graph, with a 12' viewing distance and a 65" TV we'll likely barely see the advantage of 1080p. 4K is more of a hurdle than a feature for me.
If your mind was made up why ask the question?
First of all on my Samsung 4k 8000 series 55" about 10 to 12 feet we saw a difference between a 4k disc and a Blu-ray. That may not be enough to mmmake me jump right to a 4k TV. However, when I ran the HDMI directly to the TV taking advantage of the HDR 4k signal the difference is big. If you noticed in my original post I used the term "HDR", that's what will make the huge difference on 4k. You can stand a few feet at a store who has an accurate demo and see the difference. I thought the purpose of your post was to gain information to make an informed decision. If I didn't have to upgrade I'd probably be contect to wait a bit, the content for 4k needs to grow. When I did upgrade, most displays unless buying http://www.pcmag.com/article2/very cheap are already 4k.
HDR is a horse of another colour, especially with an oled display.
By the way, I hadn't made up mind, but as usual when I'm tweaking my system I'm looking at information from a lot of different sources. With the power of hindsight I wish I'd bought a 65" plasma as well at close-out prices when I bought the 51" for the bedroom. But all of the oleds are 4K now, and there's no harm in having a feature I can't fully exploit. Unfortunately a number of people are having trouble with their pre-pros when they turn HDR on, especially with the Marantz AV8002A and B6 models. So I think I'm happy with waiting a year until this isn't all quite so cutting edge.
Unless the receiver or processor is 2.2 HDCP compliant there will be an issue with passing 4k or HDR. Another nice gift from the industry. So unless I upgrade my AV8003 I'll have to go direct to the TV with 4k disc player. If the receiver/processor is 2.2 compliant and having issues it may be the person needs to upgrade the HDMI cable to a "high speed" version.
Keep in mind when you do get an OLED, or any other 4k TV as far as that goes, the display will automatically upconvert any incoming video signal to 4k, it's native resolution.
If your display is still serving you well, and you aren't set to watch 4k in 2017, there certainly isn't a rush to upgrade. It seems the early adopters always bare the expense and bugs of early generation new tech.
The guys having trouble are using a compliant pre-pro in the 8802A and have tried it with any number of full-bandwidth cables. The problem occurs when they switch HDR on. Of course there is a workaround, but not being able to switch your video sources with the pre-pro is both limiting and a major PITA.
Likely all of this will be settled over the next year (if not the next few months via firmware), and by that time there may even be HDR content worth speaking about. In the interim it looks like a good opportunity for me to enjoy the system I have.
Thanks for that info, I curiously looked into it and found the 8802a has a big issue with HDR though it's supposed to be compliant. Marantz definitely knows but I didn't find anyone who has had a fix yet. Several people were able to get their display to play HDR by bypassing the 8802a, so it has been isolated to that unit. So before I go changing processors for the sake of modernizing research will be required to be sure no issues are out there.
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