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Colin Jacobson

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I'm not eager to replace my fine Panny plasma, but I want to get a 4K set while they still include 3D.

Seems like LGs have the best rep, especially for 3D.

Been shopping around and narrowed down between the 2015 OLED 65EF9500 65" set and the LED 65UH8500 65" set.

The OLED is $2299 vs. the LED at $1499, so pretty big price difference, but I'll pay it for a notable improvement in quality.

Thoughts?
 
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I'm not eager to replace my fine Panny plasma, but I want to get a 4K set while they still include 3D.

Seems like LGs have the best rep, especially for 3D.

Been shopping around and narrowed down between the 2015 OLED 65EF9500 65" set and the LED 65UH8500 65" set.

The OLED is $2299 vs. the LED at $1499, so pretty big price difference, but I'll pay it for a notable improvement in quality.

Thoughts?
I replaced my still working great Panny 65VT50 with the LG OLED65E6P and the latter significantly outperforms the former in every way. The best HT purchasing decision I've made in years.
 

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I had an EF9500 and moved to an E6. Id recommend grabbing a 2016 model if possible, like a B6. The 9500 has a few quirks.
 

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I had an EF9500 and moved to an E6. Id recommend grabbing a 2016 model if possible, like a B6. The 9500 has a few quirks.
He obviously cares about 3D so the B6 won't be an option. Has to be a C, E, or G in the 2016 line.

I echo Crawdaddy's impressions. I had a plasma that was still working beautifully, but I wanted to go 4K and still have 3D, and there weren't many options. Best decision I've made in awhile.

Colin, have you investigated the Sony Z9 from 2016? It is a FALD LCD TV with 3D (the LG LCD is edge-lit and doesn't have strong black levels). It's expensive, but it is another alternative even though it has active 3D rather than passive.
 

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Only reason I suggested the B is budget. If he has the budget, an E6 all day long.
 

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In general, the EG9600 that I bought to replace my Panasonic 65" plasma has outperformed the plasma in a number of ways, but the two really big differences between the two sets was the vast improvement in 3D performance and black level of the 9600 over the plasma. The Panny plasma had great blacks, but the OLED just killed it in that department.
 

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Only reason I suggested the B is budget. If he has the budget, an E6 all day long.

In terms of budget, I want a strong TV for as cheap as I can get it!

As mentioned, the EF9500 would cost me $2300 right now.

The E6 would be $3500 - pretty huge difference!

What are the "quirks" of the EF9500 you mention?
 

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I think he wants 3-D too based on his first post.

Yes, 3D is a priority. If I didn't care about 3D, I wouldn't be looking at all - I'm not really "desperate" for 4K, but given the fact that manufacturers are bailing on 3D, I want to get a 3D 4K while I still can!

So 3D is an absolute deal-breaker...
 

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Colin, have you investigated the Sony Z9 from 2016? It is a FALD LCD TV with 3D (the LG LCD is edge-lit and doesn't have strong black levels). It's expensive, but it is another alternative even though it has active 3D rather than passive.

Active 3D is a semi-turnoff. My Panny is active and I think it looks fine, but I've heard so many positive comments about the passive 3D on the LGs that I'm loathe to go for another active set.

The 65" Z9 is $5500 on Amazon, so that's a hard pass! :D
 

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Active 3D is a semi-turnoff. My Panny is active and I think it looks fine, but I've heard so many positive comments about the passive 3D on the LGs that I'm loathe to go for another active set.

The 65" Z9 is $5500 on Amazon, so that's a hard pass! :D
Having had both active and passive myself, I think you're wise to pursue passive. For an at-home experience, it's far superior to active, at least in my situation it has been.
 

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In terms of budget, I want a strong TV for as cheap as I can get it!

As mentioned, the EF9500 would cost me $2300 right now.

The E6 would be $3500 - pretty huge difference!

What are the "quirks" of the EF9500 you mention?

Its near black uniformity can be problematic, and vertical banding is an issue. Also, it does not do HDR very good and I never used it. The C6 and E6 image is much cleaner thoughout, and the near black issues are gone. Its also a beauty in HDR mode.
 

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Its near black uniformity can be problematic, and vertical banding is an issue. Also, it does not do HDR very good and I never used it. The C6 and E6 image is much cleaner thoughout, and the near black issues are gone. Its also a beauty in HDR mode.

Thanks! What do you mean by "much cleaner"?
 

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Image noise introduced by the panel. In darker areas, the processing ability of the EF9500 seems to reduce, some blacks with compression look like minecraft, where they dont on the 2016's. Also in white areas there is less panel noise, which reminds me of older plasmas compared to a VT50, where with the smoother gradiations the VT50 had a very clean image.
 

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Image noise introduced by the panel. In darker areas, the processing ability of the EF9500 seems to reduce, some blacks with compression look like minecraft, where they dont on the 2016's. Also in white areas there is less panel noise, which reminds me of older plasmas compared to a VT50, where with the smoother gradiations the VT50 had a very clean image.

Thanks! I'm torn on the whole thing - obviously I want the best TV, but an extra $700 is pushing it!

Especially without a big increase in size over what I have. My Panny Plasma is 60" - I'd hoped to push toward 70" on the new set. but there's no way I'm getting anything really good at that size for what I'm willing to pay.

Starting to wonder if I should just play a game of chicken with the prices and see if they drop a bunch on the 2016s like they have for the 2015s...
 

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Dude. If you can, Spring for the E6. It's worth the extra dough and you won't regret it. TBH I purchased it primarily for 3D and it is tremendous in that regard. The 4K is nice too. ;)
 

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