This year, Scott Wilkinson was MC at the annual Value Electronics TV Shootout in New York. The test was done using TVs own on board Netflix apps to keep everything even. There was even a blu-ray player which used a switcher to send the signal to each TV. Top contenders for 2019 included the LG C9 OLED, Samsung Q90R, Sony A9G OLED, and the Sony Z9F LED LCD TV. There was also the Sony X800 Pro Reference monitor used for comparison to see how close each TV came to it. All 4K, HDR. There eight professional color grading pros judging.
Scott has been reviewing the LG 55C8 OLED TV and he's pretty impressed with it. It has an automatic calibration utility, but you'd need the meter and software to do it. Once you have that, it will run the calibration and set your TV automatically. There is a bug, however, found by the gang at AVS Forum, but SpectraCal, the company that wrote the auto calibration app, is fixing it. The bug only affects 100% saturated colors, so it has minimum effect since content rarely includes colors that are 100% saturated.
Susan is looking for a new TV that offers picture-in-picture. Is that still an option? Leo says that option has gone by the wayside because it required two tuners and TV manufacturers started using that space for adding other features. LG still makes a few models that offer PiP, though. Leo says that DirecTV has RedZone that shows multiple games in boxes. Amazon makes the Fire TV and it offers Picture-in-Picture as a feature.
Derek wants to know if the QLED is as good as an OLED or Plasma. Leo says that the QLED isn't an OLED or a plasma. It's an LED LCD screen. Plasma is dead now because nobody makes them anymore and OLED is king now. If he wants something similar, then OLED is where he'll want to be. Additionally, he'll want to get 4K and HDR. It looks far better than plasma. Leo recommends checking out the 2017 Value Electronics TV Shootout.
Today, Scott joins Leo to talk about Dynamic Range, which is known as the difference in the deepest blacks and the brightest whites. It's all about brightness. OLED, for instance, can achieve zero nits on their blacks, and then the highest nits in brightness for its brights (called Candellas).
Ricky is looking to get an OLED TV. Scott says that currently LG is the only one making them, and they're lower end 1080p models. Those models are also curved. LG also has a 65" flat version, though.
LG did have trouble over the summer, where the screen had an irregular image that only was seen in a dark picture. It was a panel problem and they addressed it pretty quickly. The EG9600 is the 2015 OLED, and it's pretty good, but again it's cured, and only 1080p.
Darren feels like Plasma TVs going away is like watching vinyl dying all over again. With both Pioneer and Panasonic out of the game, where can he find a plasma now? Leo says that nothing looks as good as plasma, but everyone bought LCDs. Companies just have to follow the demand, and LG is the last man standing. Darren could still find a few Panasonic VT or ST models, but they're getting harder and harder to find and they're really expensive. So that leaves last year's Samsung, and LG.
David bought a Pansonic VT55 and had it professionally calibrated. He's now looking at an OLED TV, but he's not sure it'll be around very long. Scott says that OLED is stunning. But they're not cheap by any means. And new models are going to be curved, also. Scott isn't much of a fan because with screen sizes below 110", it's just an unneeded feature. There's also the problem that OLED simply isn't going to be mainstream for awhile due to the cost and we don't know how long it will survive over the long term, especially with blue colors. Blue tends to age faster.
Scott joins us to talk about Godzilla. Leo says he saw the movie last night and even though it was in 3D, there really wasn't a lot of 3D in it. It was very subtly used to more enhance the movie, rather than rely on the 3D gimmicks. Scott says that's been his argument all along. Make 3D more subtle, because extreme 3D takes you out of the movie, and so it was smart of the director to rely on "less is more."
Today, Scott wants to talk about resolution, frame rate, etc. Leo doesn't like high frame rate because it's plastic looking. So he turns it off on his TV. Scott says that isn't surprising, and most people don't care for it. But he left motion blur and shutter on. Motion blur affects film, while judder affects video.
Isn't it all video on TV though? Scott says that it is, but it isn't. The TV reads and interpolates the "cadence" of the video signal and can tell by that what was shot on film and what was shot on video.