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Old 30.03.2020, 17:44
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Sony OLED KD-55AG9

Hello,

I am looking at buying the above TV at Migros as they will be on at half price 1499.00 vs 3199.00 CHF's

It is definately a high end TV with lots of bells and whistles. The TechRadar reviews I have been reading have been for very glowing.

Just a couple of questions for anyone that happens to have one in their living room if I may.

What do you like most about the TV?

What in your opinion are its worst features / functions?

Do you get the best picture quality in a dark / darkened room or does it matter?

Thanks for taking the time for your opinions.

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Re: Sony OLED KD-55AG9

No clue about this TV and the price and specs are nice, but discount is nowhere near 50% since normal selling price around the common stores in Switzerland is nowhere near 3.199,- but somewhere between 1.600,- and 2.000,-

So don't get rushed in or blinded by a unrealistic and not existing 50% discount.
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Old 30.03.2020, 18:17
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Re: Sony OLED KD-55AG9

Hi Edwin,

I was more interested in the feedback from people who actually own one.

However you are correct, A quick check on Toppreis shows online prices starting around 1650.00 and up with free delivery.

Migros in there latest flyer discounted their price from 3199.00 to 1499.00 so it makes it interesting even though it did come out in 2019.

Not a panic buy.

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Old 30.03.2020, 18:42
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Re: Sony OLED KD-55AG9

Sorry to be another non Sony owner (actually I do have a non OLED one in my guestroom, which is great)
I, on the other hand, have just bought an LG C9 OLED TV, which rates extremely highly on reviews. Actually each iteration of this TV won the top prize each year in the review I read. As the C9 is a 2019 model, similar discounts are offered. (Also got it from Meletronics, who offered the best price)

I must say, the picture, is something I have not experienced before, truly amazing. Also, the set up and the user interface is great. (Better than my Sony)
I love the Sony Brand, but couldn't ignore the reviews of the LG. In most reviews it was the Samsung QLED vs LG OLED for top spot.

I think whatever you choose in OLED you will have a great experience.
PS. I'm not sure if they are all like this, but the LG is like a pane of glass thick, amazing and quite impressive!
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Re: Sony OLED KD-55AG9

Consider the tv OS & remote as well. Not sure brands otherwise make too much difference in this sector, OLED on it's own is a great technology. Sony make great TVs so you can't go wrong. Like the other poster, I also have an LG OLED (C8) - it's the best tv I've owned and by a distance
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Re: Sony OLED KD-55AG9

@ Nick
@ FCB

Thanks guys for your comments.

I definitely will have another look at the LG C9 as well as the OS and remote control.

Last question.

With your OLED tv's do you notice any difference in picture quality with artificial lighting in the evening vs daylight lighting. Ex. if you are watching rugby on a Saturday afternoon and it is sunny outside?

Thank you again for you comments and opinions.

Marcus
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Re: Sony OLED KD-55AG9

I have the previous version, AF9.

I agree that in comparison tests, the LG won. However as I dug deeper into these reviews, I also found out that in most aspects (not all), the Sony is on par or better, and the only reason it lost is because the list price is much higher than the LG or the Panasonic. If I recall correctly, the Sony is better at motion and definitely is one of the best sounding TV out there, and also the best pic at Full HD. The LG though, has the best 4K pics and HDR. But this was I guess the previous LG model.

I wasn't exactly targeting the Sony, I was just waiting for a good deal on the LG or Panasonic, but suddenly the Sony was on a limited sale for cheaper than the LG so I went for it.

To me OLED is the best type. Better than QLEDs.
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Re: Sony OLED KD-55AG9

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For what it's worth, the remote & OS in LG is really impressive while design wise I have always liked Sony (Although their early OLEDs were odd with that stand - fortunately that has changed).

I think generally speaking, it's recognized that OLED is not as bright as other LCDs although I think I may have read that Sony is better at this than LG. You probably already know that OLED technology was long dominated by LG, even Sony had their first models using LG screens

In our home, the OLED is facing a fairly large window that does get a lot of sun that can come through forcing us to keep drapes closed. I am a bit obsessive about these sort of lighting issues as well and I can tell you, you won't need to worry between Sony & LG - it won't be an issue

The remote alone with LG, I cannot overstate it - I love it. Amazing remote, simple but very flexible. I read the OS for Sony via Android has improved from the initial offering but I have appreciated the ease & intuitiveness of the LG OS from the first time I came across it in my sister in law's LCD. I use a lot of USB peripherals with downloaded material as well and the interface is excellent. Sony has a propensity to be proprietary for many things in terms of media so not sure you will have this flexibility - although that is obviously dependent on it's importance to you

OLED, I tell ya - I thank Verbier because he/she got me to consider this and it is spectacular when you see something in Dolby Vision or HDR. Stunning

Enjoy, as I say you cannot go wrong
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Re: Sony OLED KD-55AG9

I have 55AF8 -> it's very cool, only downside I see is relatively slow Smart / Android but it's not that bad... Also apparently newer models than mine are faster.
Picture is awesome, so is the sound (mine has a built-in subwoofer on the back and uses screen vibration to emit high tones) without sound bar.

I'd buy it!
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Re: Sony OLED KD-55AG9

Thats a load of money for something that will be out of date in 2 years time.
Yesterday I bought a 58" 4K HDR Toshiba for €399 reduced from €599 to put things in perspective.

The worst features are smooth motion & should be turned off immediately as they make a feature film look like a soap opera. High refresh rates are only interesting if you are using the screen for gaming.
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Thats a load of money for something that will be out of date in 2 years time.
Yesterday I bought a 58" 4K Toshiba for 399 reduced from 599 to put things in perspective.

I don't agree... It's like saying, I bought a Dacia Sandero for 8k so why on earht would you buys an Audi or a Merc for 50k... both are cars.
Toshiba TVs are made by Turkish Vestel and are on low, low end, also OLEDs are more expensive than LCDs...

So overall, if you're happy with low end stuff - fair enough, if you'd like to have a proper TV with good sound, picture and manufacturers support (eg. OS updates) you need to go a bit higher.


I had various LCDs (yes, including Toshiba!) and once I tried OLED I will NOT go back to LCD TVs
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Re: Sony OLED KD-55AG9

Yeah, I don't agree either but it's generally true that with technology it is impossible to future proof. With TVs however, my experience has been a good tech can easily last you 8-10 years. My plasma I had when first arriving to Suisse was just that and I only recently moved to OLED (Also at a great pricepoint due to a Black Friday sale) and I expect that to last 8-10 years

If I were going to upgrade to say 8K or something else then sure, you're basically running a race with no finish line since there's always new tech. OLED though, in it's current state is not going to be outdated so quickly...IMHO

My father in law took our old plasma to replace a recent LCD they had but were not fully satisfied with after 2 years - he loves it. When he would come over to watch football on my OLED though, he never fails to mention how impressive it is
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I don't agree... It's like saying, I bought a Dacia Sandero for 8k so why on earht would you buys an Audi or a Merc for 50k... both are cars.
Toshiba TVs are made by Turkish Vestel and are on low, low end, also OLEDs are more expensive than LCDs...

So overall, if you're happy with low end stuff - fair enough, if you'd like to have a proper TV with good sound, picture and manufacturers support (eg. OS updates) you need to go a bit higher.


I had various LCDs (yes, including Toshiba!) and once I tried OLED I will NOT go back to LCD TVs
You probably don't realise how few makers of OLED panels exist in the world..... anyway the differences is basically software / processes & packaging.

I did an OS upgrade 15 minutes after switching it on, no need to go higher

Tested about 40 models 6 years ago in Media Markt in GVA for a film studio & the difference was surprisingly small over a huge price range 3D was supposed to be important than, HDR today.
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Re: Sony OLED KD-55AG9

One thing that I forgot to mention is the sound. I wasn't expecting much, but I have been really impressed! The reason? The speakers are mounted downwards (Allowing much bigger speakers to be used) and the sound is then directed downwards and then bounced forwards off the stand. Really clever trick I think!
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You probably don't realise how few makers of OLED panels exist in the world..... anyway the differences is basically software / processes & packaging.

I did an OS upgrade 15 minutes after switching it on, no need to go higher

Tested about 40 models 6 years ago in Media Markt in GVA for a film studio & the difference was surprisingly small over a huge price range 3D was supposed to be important than, HDR today.

I do realize that OLEDs are similat as LG is main manufacturer of OLED panels (Sony uses them too).
I was, however, comparing cheap LCD to an OLED, these are two totally different things.
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I do realize that OLEDs are similat as LG is main manufacturer of OLED panels (Sony uses them too).
I was, however, comparing cheap LCD to an OLED, these are two totally different things.
Does anyone even sell LCD TV's today? Even if I google LCD TV's I don't get any for sale.
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Does anyone even sell LCD TV's today? Even if I google LCD TV's I don't get any for sale.

You are confusing things I'm afraid.
LCD tvs are majority of the market, ofter they are advertised as LED (but not OLED), LED refers to the type of LCD screen backlight (older TVs had CCFL backlight).
Now, OLED is totally different technology, OLED screen does not have any backlight as it emits light on it's own (similar to Plasma but without tiny CCFLs and high voltage.
Also, because OLEDs do not need anything behind, they are a couple mm thin.




To summarize LED ist not the same as OLED, it's a huge difference.
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Re: Sony OLED KD-55AG9

OLED still can end up with permanent picture burnt in, ie TV logo. For some, its colors are a bit too much, its different on phone during daylight and watching a movie in the evening (which is my default use case).



Everybody prefers different things, has different amount they are willing to spend etc. I bought some used 55" Sony LCD 2-3 years ago, not even clue about the model but it has great picture, no need to change for a long time as long as it works. Costed 400 chf. Left with more money to invest / spend on adventures.



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Thats a load of money for something that will be out of date in 2 years time.
That's only a problem if you feel the need to upgrade every time a model with new features comes out (like some people feel they need to do with their iPhones, for example).

Otherwise, not sure what you really mean by out-of-date. It doesn't mean obsolete or unusable in this case.

You could, for example, still use a TV produced 20 years ago with a HDMI to SCART converter.
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Re: Sony OLED KD-55AG9

I bought my AF9 about 2 years ago. As it is a sony and I didn't want to have different interfaces everywhere, I went for another Sony for the bedroom. It is a smaller LCD TV, but this 9005 series is towards the top-end for Sony LCDs and has very good reviews.


But my god the OLED TV is way better. Ok, maybe it depends on my taste and so I just much prefer the OLED.

I had a Pioneer Kuro Plasma before the OLED tv and I have to say that at the end of its 8 year or so life, it was still better than a lot of the latest LCD TVs that I tested, and then I realized that only the OLEDs can replace it.

As for which OLED, I gave my thoughts in my previous post, but really, we are splitting hairs here between Sony, LG, Panasonic...
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