The gold standard of TVs has been the plasma thus far, even though they have been out of production for more than 4 years.
The best LED or LCD TVs can only approximate the blacks and film like qualities of the best plasma TVs and the videophiles around the world have been waiting eagerly for the real replacement for the plasmas.
From wiki : organic light-emitting diode (OLED) is a light-emitting diode (LED) in which the emissive electroluminescent layer is a film of organic compound that emits light in response to an electric current.
OLED has been around for a few years, but now it's coming into real commercial production, moving from astronomical prices to merely high prices that are just that bit more expensive than the best LED TVs. I think that if if they were the same price, we won't have any LED TVs to sell, the OLED TVs will swarm the market. But that's the way it is, the makers need to milk the market for the tech costs first, then bring the prices down.
But oh... when you see the blacks, it becomes a real object of envy. The form factor is super slim, even more so than the slimmest LED TVs. LG has wisely let the base be thick enough to support a decent soundbar type speaker system, which has enough meat in it to sound proper, in case you aren't planning to use a real sound system.
The interface is not too shabby, and is very responsive, and if you tinker with it, and use VPN, you can actually get apps off the US or Euro market. Add a high speed internet connection, and it's an entertainment centre in itself.
There are two remotes, one traditional long one and a smaller one. Needs to be backlit since the room will be pretty dark with this TV.. and onto that awesome picture..
Most of all it's picture is superb. Deeper blacks than plasma, yes, I said it, finally the king of the hill is not the Pioneer Kuro plasma TV. Add good motion control, which whilst not as film like as the old plasmas, is far better than the LED TVs and you don't get any of that "Soap Opera Effect", which most videophiles hate.
There is also good 3D reproduction, which is passive by the way, with light glasses and even clip ons which work fine. The quality for 3D is also equally good and will impress those who like this.
One thing to note, is that the VESA mount sits lower than normal, since only the bottom section is thicker. The upper 2 thirds is all thin glass with means of mounting.
Oh yes, can you see the difference between FHD and UHD? A definitely yes. There is so much detail, but you need good content. Those who complain that 4k TVs look bad with standard def and youtube videos are simply not using the right content. You need to buy UHD discs and watch them on this TV. The resolution and detail is breathtaking.
So what are we waiting for? Let's all go buy one right? Well the major deterrent, is price. The street price for a 'mere' 65" is around 8 grand, and if you want the 77" version, it's a princely 40 grand. Not small change at all..
So I will remain happy with my 3 plasma TVs, and hope they last until the OLED tech becomes affordable and jump in with a 80" one. For those with biggest wallets, don't wait, the best TVs are in town.
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