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LG B9 today or CX on Black Friday?

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LG B9 today or CX on Black Friday?

Hey everyone

I want to get a 65" 120hz oled for ps5/series s

Should I buy the B9 for $2500 today or wait and see if the CX goes on for around $3k on Black Friday?
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I would wait for BF. I am going to wait for BF deals on TV, this is the best time to buy TV unless you need to upgrade now
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bas00m wrote: I would wait for BF. I am going to wait for BF deals on TV, this is the best time to buy TV unless you need to upgrade now
I don't need the upgrade now.. I was intending on buying a new TV when the new consoles launch


But seeing the 65b9 being cleared out for under $2500 is making me consider jumping.

It checks all of my boxes
Oled
4k hdr10 and Dolby vision
120hz 4k support


I just can't picture the CX going anywhere close to this price come black Friday....but maybe it hits around $3k? It's currently on sale for $3700 at visions and best buy
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What about the C9?
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Viper98 wrote: I don't need the upgrade now.. I was intending on buying a new TV when the new consoles launch


But seeing the 65b9 being cleared out for under $2500 is making me consider jumping.

It checks all of my boxes
Oled
4k hdr10 and Dolby vision
120hz 4k support


I just can't picture the CX going anywhere close to this price come black Friday....but maybe it hits around $3k? It's currently on sale for $3700 at visions and best buy
Remember by BF it would be a bit old and a newer model will be out then.
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EugW wrote: What about the C9?
The cheapest I can find a C9 is $3100

For all intents and purposes, there's essentially no difference between the B9 and C9. They use the same panel, the C9 just has a new image processing cheap that may, in theory, provide slightly better IQ, but every review says there's no difference there.
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Viper98 wrote: The cheapest I can find a C9 is $3100

For all intents and purposes, there's essentially no difference between the B9 and C9. They use the same panel, the C9 just has a new image processing cheap that may, in theory, provide slightly better IQ, but every review says there's no difference there.
One review I saw says the C9 panel they got goes brighter for HDR than the B9, but if there is that much difference in price then I’d just get the B9 now. $2500 is an excellent price and I doubt it will be matched for the CX on/near Black Friday.

A bird in the hand, as they say.

The only drawback I can think of is no 4K HDR 120 Hz support on the B9 for the gamers out there.
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Viper98 wrote: The cheapest I can find a C9 is $3100

For all intents and purposes, there's essentially no difference between the B9 and C9. They use the same panel, the C9 just has a new image processing cheap that may, in theory, provide slightly better IQ, but every review says there's no difference there.
Image processing does nothing for gaming as game modes turn all those things off anyways. What I find more useful is if TVs allowed for better control and tweaking of processing. It used to be too much or too little.

OP if you don't need a TV right away, just wait but Black Friday would probably be identical deals.
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EugW wrote: One review I saw says the C9 panel they got goes brighter for HDR than the B9, but if there is that much difference in price then I’d just get the B9 now. $2500 is an excellent price and I doubt it will be matched for the CX on/near Black Friday.

A bird in the hand, as they say.

The only drawback I can think of is no 4K HDR 120 Hz support on the B9 for the gamers out there.
The B9 has 4 full spec HDMI 2.1 slots and will absolutely support 4k 120 HDR when there are device that can use it (confirmed by LG)
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Viper98 wrote: The B9 has 4 full spec HDMI 2.1 slots and will absolutely support 4k 120 HDR when there are device that can use it (confirmed by LG)
4K SDR 120 Hz for sure but what about 4K HDR 120 Hz? Do you have a link? I had only seen confirmation for 4K 120 Hz, without mention of HDR.

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I just had a look at the B8, C8, B9, C9, and CX Rtings reviews. The C8 and CX had good colour calibration out of the box and the C9 was OK, whereas the B8 and B9 were noticeably worse.

This mirrors my experience with the B8 vs C8. The B8 I got was clearly mis-calibrated but the C8 had very decent calibration out of the box. Granted, like rtings, I only had one unit of each but it makes me wonder if LG spends more effort calibrating the C series panels.
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EugW wrote: 4K SDR 120 Hz for sure but what about 4K HDR 120 Hz? Do you have a link? I had only seen confirmation for 4K 120 Hz, without mention of HDR.

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I just had a look at the B8, C8, B9, C9, and CX Rtings reviews. The C8 and CX had good colour calibration out of the box and the C9 was OK, whereas the B8 and B9 were noticeably worse.

This mirrors my experience with the B8 vs C8. The B8 I got was clearly mid-calibrated but the C8 had very decent calibration out of the box. Granted, like rtings, I only had one unit of each but it makes me wonder if LG spends more effort calibrating the C series panels.
HDR doesn't use additional bandwidth, so there's no reason it shouldn't (The TV actually has higher bandwidth HDMI ports than all of the 2020 models because LG lowered the maximum bandwidth to only support 10 bit vs 12bit due to there not being a single device capable of 12 bit 4k 120hz anywhere on the horizon)

Unfortunately, nobody knows if any TVs out there aren't any devices on the market to actually test 4k120 out until the PS5/Series X drop
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Ah, I know where my confusion comes from now.

LG had stated their B9 would support 4K 120 Hz but did not specify HDR or SDR. Then a while later, somebody "confirmed" verbally that the B9 did not support 4K 120 Hz HDR because of its older SoC, and would only support 4K 120 Hz SDR. This was taken as gospel, but then later on, Vincent Teoh asked the question again, and LG said the B9 would support 4K 120 Hz HDR.

However, I still wonder if the B series comes with less stringent colour calibration protocols from the factory.
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It is entirely possible that they do. Rtings said the white balance out of the box on all of the picture presets was off.

Also, Vincent is the man! I just watched his review on this year's Panasonic Oled flagship and wish I could justify spending $4k lol

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