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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 12:32 PM - Thread Starter
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LG 55" OLED 4K C9AUA - 9 Series 2019 Model

Not too long ago I built a new i7 9700k machine with an RTX 2070. I purchased a 34" 1440p 144hz gsync monitor to compliment that but always had my eye on an OLED 4K TV (currently have a 55" 240hz 1080p).

This model came to my mind and I did a bit of research...
LG OLED55C9AUA
https://www.costco.com/LG-55-Class-(...100488689.html

I can get the TV for $1750 which includes a 3 year warranty, which is not too bad. Or I can get a 2018 model (C8) for a few hundred dollars less ~$1300.
So overall, there isn't much difference in image quality itself, and they use almost the same processing engine...

*the biggest difference is that the C9 2019 models now include support for HDMI 2.1. This means true 4k @ 120hz and better HDR. However, my new RTX 2070 sadly doesn't support HDMI 2.1, only 2.0 so 4k @ 60hz.

Is it worth "future-proofing" or is there any other reasons I should stick to the new C9 model or save a few hundred dollars and get the 2018 model?
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Quote: Originally Posted by Chris13002 View Post
Not too long ago I built a new i7 9700k machine with an RTX 2070. I purchased a 34" 1440p 144hz gsync monitor to compliment that but always had my eye on an OLED 4K TV (currently have a 55" 240hz 1080p).

This model came to my mind and I did a bit of research...
LG OLED55C9AUA
https://www.costco.com/LG-55-Class-(...100488689.html

I can get the TV for $1750 which includes a 3 year warranty, which is not too bad. Or I can get a 2018 model (C8) for a few hundred dollars less ~$1300.
So overall, there isn't much difference in image quality itself, and they use almost the same processing engine...

*the biggest difference is that the C9 2019 models now include support for HDMI 2.1. This means true 4k @ 120hz and better HDR. However, my new RTX 2070 sadly doesn't support HDMI 2.1, only 2.0 so 4k @ 60hz.

Is it worth "future-proofing" or is there any other reasons I should stick to the new C9 model or save a few hundred dollars and get the 2018 model?
The C9 can also run @ 1080p @ 120hz and 1440p @ 120hz with a lower overall input lag 6.6 ms compared to the C8 20ms and can only do 1080p @ 120hz
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Quote: Originally Posted by Chris13002 View Post
Not too long ago I built a new i7 9700k machine with an RTX 2070. I purchased a 34" 1440p 144hz gsync monitor to compliment that but always had my eye on an OLED 4K TV (currently have a 55" 240hz 1080p).

This model came to my mind and I did a bit of research...
LG OLED55C9AUA
https://www.costco.com/LG-55-Class-(...100488689.html

I can get the TV for $1750 which includes a 3 year warranty, which is not too bad. Or I can get a 2018 model (C8) for a few hundred dollars less ~$1300.
So overall, there isn't much difference in image quality itself, and they use almost the same processing engine...

*the biggest difference is that the C9 2019 models now include support for HDMI 2.1. This means true 4k @ 120hz and better HDR. However, my new RTX 2070 sadly doesn't support HDMI 2.1, only 2.0 so 4k @ 60hz.

Is it worth "future-proofing" or is there any other reasons I should stick to the new C9 model or save a few hundred dollars and get the 2018 model?
Yes, get the C9

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I ended up buying the E8 model from Microcenter instead...
https://www.microcenter.com/product/...ed-tv-w--thinq

There were several reasons... I did a lot of research and been to 2 Costcos, 4 Best Buys, and finally Microcenter...
-First reason is burn in... it's a real thing on OLEDs and every OLED TV on display at Best Buy, had significant burn in... There was a 65" E8 OLED for $1500 at Best Buy that I could have got with a 4 year warranty for $250, but I had them turn it on, and they showed me the burn in... it was significant to notice at certain colors and it turned me off.
-Next reason was pricing. The C9 at Costco was $1750 with a 3 year square trade warranty, but their warranty doesn't cover burn in.
-Best Buy had the C9 for $2000, and their warranty DOES cover burn in, but it was $250 for 2 years and $450 for 4 years - non renewable...
-Price was another reason. I was not going to buy this TV WITHOUT a warranty, and the C9 would have been $2250+...

-I ended up getting the 55" E8 because it has the A9 processor (while the B8 and C8's have the A7 processor), and basically the same panel as the C9 so overall, it doesn't look different, but doesn't have HDMI 2.1 and better input lag - but i'm not going to use this as a gaming monitor anyways...
-Microcenter had the E8 for $1300 + $210 for a 4 year warranty that DOES cover burnin, and they'll simply replace it if you go in and show it to them or give you the full amount that you paid for it...
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That doesn't sound like a bad deal if they now cover burn in issues. For a TV burn in should not be a problem but if you use it as a PC monitor with static images all the time then it can be.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Chris13002 View Post
I ended up buying the E8 model from Microcenter instead...
https://www.microcenter.com/product/...ed-tv-w--thinq

There were several reasons... I did a lot of research and been to 2 Costcos, 4 Best Buys, and finally Microcenter...
-First reason is burn in... it's a real thing on OLEDs and every OLED TV on display at Best Buy, had significant burn in... There was a 65" E8 OLED for $1500 at Best Buy that I could have got with a 4 year warranty for $250, but I had them turn it on, and they showed me the burn in... it was significant to notice at certain colors and it turned me off.
-Next reason was pricing. The C9 at Costco was $1750 with a 3 year square trade warranty, but their warranty doesn't cover burn in.
-Best Buy had the C9 for $2000, and their warranty DOES cover burn in, but it was $250 for 2 years and $450 for 4 years - non renewable...
-Price was another reason. I was not going to buy this TV WITHOUT a warranty, and the C9 would have been $2250+...

-I ended up getting the 55" E8 because it has the A9 processor (while the B8 and C8's have the A7 processor), and basically the same panel as the C9 so overall, it doesn't look different, but doesn't have HDMI 2.1 and better input lag - but i'm not going to use this as a gaming monitor anyways...
-Microcenter had the E8 for $1300 + $210 for a 4 year warranty that DOES cover burnin, and they'll simply replace it if you go in and show it to them or give you the full amount that you paid for it...

That was a good choice. Though I doubt that the burn in will come out in the first couple years. Usually these warranties come in handy when something around the 3 rd or 4 th year is "wearing out". Hope you won't have to use it, hence LG is making good monitor/TV equipment from what I heard. Plus it's not worth overpaying for the useless features you would never use. Have a good using experience
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Thanks guys... so far I am happy with my decision. I downloaded a few 4K 60 FPS HDR videos and threw them on a flash drive and was blown away with the quality. The fact that this TV does 60hz @ 4k and 120hz @ 1080p makes me even wonder why I ever purchased this 32" curved g sync gaming monitor...

I tested 4k gaming (Tekken 7) and compared to my old 1080p 240hz TV, the input lag is SO MUCH better and almost even unnoticeable...
Also the ThinQ features are pretty cool. For example, if you don't want the TV on all night, you can just hold the microphone button and say "turn off TV in 30 minutes"

Also Netflix with Dolby Vision looks perfect... The list below shows all the titles that support it and for streaming, and I highly recommend it for anyone with similar TVs...
https://www.highdefdigest.com/news/s...by-atmos/42751

Finally the only thing I had problems with is finding HBO GO app on this TV. It might not be available which means i might cancel the subscription soon...
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