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  #2460872 14-Apr-2020 08:17
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Dingbatt:

 

Mounting a TV above a fireplace, even an unused one, is a victory of aesthetics over viewing optimisation (IMO). Have you considered a Samsung “Frame” TV. It will double as a painting when not in use as a TV.

 

 

jonathan18:

 

I see someone above prefers the LG interface to the Panasonic, whereas every member of my family prefers the Panasonic! (Our LG is just an LCD, but it still has the same magic remote as the OLEDs). I get that some find the interface on our Panasonic OLED too basic, but it just does the job it needs to without getting in the way. Some people love Android TV, whereas others loathe it with a passion.

 

My final comment echoes one made above - is it really necessary to put the tv above the fireplace? I have rarely seen this work, as it typically creates inappropriate viewing angles (and sore necks!). What height will the base and top of the tv sit from the floor if mounted above the fireplace? I’ve seen tvs put above old-fashioned  fireplaces (with a high mantelpiece) like the one here in my lounge, and looking at the tv in this room the top of it sits lower than the base would it it were mounted above the fireplace!

 

 

Mounting above the fireplace was also not my first choice, but due to the lounge layout (incl wall plugs etc) and the wife preferring that layout, it seems like it is the way to go.. I have not measured the height per se but will try to get my sofa moved first thing post lockdown as I can't lift it myself unfortunately and then will reassess the viewing angles. 

 

I've only ever grown up with a panasonic plasma and parents later bought a LG LED TV (LB650V I think) with WebOS, what surprised me was that the current Panasonic offering still offers very similar OS to what my plasma was like, and the WEB OS feels very intuitive, which is why I do hope the C9 goes down in price... but it hasn't.

 

 




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  #2460873 14-Apr-2020 08:18
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toejam316:

 

Almost bit on the C9 for $2373 from The Market before quarantine kicked off, but decided to wait for the CX. Not sure if I regret that decision or not, we'll see.

 

 

Dunnersfella:

 

.....Built in sound bars typically have poor quality sound and some don't even come with a subwoofer.

 

The new LG's certainly intrigue me, but I'm disappointed with their current implementation of eARC (no PCM and no DTS).

 

Sony's top OLED's have always looked amazing to me, the processing on-board seems to be the best of the bunch to my eyes.

 

 

I bought a MX Master 3 from TheMarket before lockdown, and they cancelled my order few days after lockdown started... I wouldn't be surprised if it was the same for the C9. The Market rep that I spoke to suggests that products will start creeping back into the platform either through approved being 'essential' or after lockdown.

 

Haven't really done enough reading on soundbars.. but they do complete the look. Does the general audience pair a TV up with a soundbar as the TV produces substandard audio on most models? 

 

I was sort of set on the A9F at $2,499 on SS directly before reading on further on other models and i've opened up a can of worms..

 

Seems like the best thing to do is still wait for post lockdown and go from there, the B9 at HN deal is tempting and I have a voucher on TheMarket which will push the GZ1000 down to about $1900 which is even more so tempting..

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  #2460882 14-Apr-2020 08:57
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@roderickh "...I do hope the C9 goes down in price... but it hasn't."

 

 

 

Just wait until after the lockdown, it'll most likely go down - the run-out still needs to happen and there should be unsold C9's due to the lockdown.





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Master Geek


  #2461147 14-Apr-2020 15:11
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NumPy:

 

Latham:

 

I ended up pulling the trigger on the HN LG B9 deal. Hoping that it wasn't a silly decision considering the price of the C9 was the same pre-lockdown, and could happen again. Tricky time to predict prices. Fingers crossed I don't end up with buyers remorse haha.

 

 

Looks like a very good deal at HV for $2,369, how are you finding it so far?

 

I am a Sony "Fan Boy", and never bought anything else, I find the Sony equivalent about $500 dearer. I'm very tempted to hit the buy now on this LG.

 

 

 

 

Not sure yet! I've only just set it up. Will wait until after work to have a play around. I'm just hoping it warrants the price tag coming from a TCL 55C2US (I know that technically it blows it out of the water, but hopefully I feel like it's that much better too). If people on here are recommending to wait until after lockdown to see a discount on the C9, maybe that'll be a good idea?




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Master Geek


  #2465407 19-Apr-2020 13:31
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Latham:

 

Not sure yet! I've only just set it up. Will wait until after work to have a play around. I'm just hoping it warrants the price tag coming from a TCL 55C2US (I know that technically it blows it out of the water, but hopefully I feel like it's that much better too). If people on here are recommending to wait until after lockdown to see a discount on the C9, maybe that'll be a good idea?

 

 

 

 

What's the first week impression like? I'm still watching the prices daily and depending on how this lockdown alert lifts I foresee the major retailers opening up their whole lineup vs only approved 'essentials'..

 

 


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  #2466056 20-Apr-2020 12:41
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So I am torn between these two at the moment:

 

1) 55" A9F Master Series OLED 4K Ultra HDR Android TV: $2,499.00

 

https://store.sony.co.nz/television-OLED/KD55A9F.html

 

2) LG 55" B9 OLED 4K Smart TV: $2,369

 

https://www.harveynorman.co.nz/tv-and-audio/televisions/oled-televisions/lg-55-b9-oled-4k-smart-tv.html

 

I'm leaning towards the Sony.




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Master Geek


  #2466063 20-Apr-2020 12:48
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NumPy:

 

So I am torn between these two at the moment:

 

1) 55" A9F Master Series OLED 4K Ultra HDR Android TV: $2,499.00

 

https://store.sony.co.nz/television-OLED/KD55A9F.html

 

2) LG 55" B9 OLED 4K Smart TV: $2,369

 

https://www.harveynorman.co.nz/tv-and-audio/televisions/oled-televisions/lg-55-b9-oled-4k-smart-tv.html

 

I'm leaning towards the Sony.

 

 

 

 

What's the deciding factor for you? Considering the A9F is a 2018 model vs 2019 B9 model?

 

 

 

Have you also considered the GZ1000 which is priced simialrly? I have seen the B9 & A9F in person and can vouch that the A9F looks seriously pretty in person.

 

If you are not wall mounting it however, just remember that the A9F stand tilts the TV slightly backwards due to the nature of the stand design.

 

 

 

I've been checking the prices daily and do hope there will be some more 2019 model end of line pricing coming out soon

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  #2466073 20-Apr-2020 12:51
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NumPy:

So I am torn between these two at the moment:


1) 55" A9F Master Series OLED 4K Ultra HDR Android TV: $2,499.00


https://store.sony.co.nz/television-OLED/KD55A9F.html


2) LG 55" B9 OLED 4K Smart TV: $2,369


https://www.harveynorman.co.nz/tv-and-audio/televisions/oled-televisions/lg-55-b9-oled-4k-smart-tv.html


I'm leaning towards the Sony.



Just a fyi that sony model is from 2018. Even says so on the sony store near the bottom. Something to consider if you being picky

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  #2466080 20-Apr-2020 12:54
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roderickh:

 

What's the deciding factor for you? Considering the A9F is a 2018 model vs 2019 B9 model?

 

 

 

Have you also considered the GZ1000 which is priced simialrly? I have seen the B9 & A9F in person and can vouch that the A9F looks seriously pretty in person.

 

If you are not wall mounting it however, just remember that the A9F stand tilts the TV slightly backwards due to the nature of the stand design.

 

 

 

I've been checking the prices daily and do hope there will be some more 2019 model end of line pricing coming out soon

 

 

Deciding factor is that I can't really justify spending more than $2500 on a TV. Will need to be wall mounted, I am not interested in standing it on anything. Wish I could have seen them in person too.

 

I may be a little biased in my opinion on the Sony, we have always owned them and love the brand. Still have a 32" which my daughter is now using in her room from 2008.


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  #2466139 20-Apr-2020 13:18
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NumPy:

 

Deciding factor is that I can't really justify spending more than $2500 on a TV. Will need to be wall mounted, I am not interested in standing it on anything. Wish I could have seen them in person too.

 

I may be a little biased in my opinion on the Sony, we have always owned them and love the brand. Still have a 32" which my daughter is now using in her room from 2008.

 

 

RTINGS comparison here

 

If you are a fan of the way Sony handles picture processing, you would probably want to compare the two in person as they can be quite different.

 

The Sony does use the higher-end X1 Ultimate processor, so it should be pretty damn good and quite possibly better picture quality than the B9. It also uses an Android TV OS, so it should be a little bit more flexible than LG's WebOS, but then again, WebOS supports quite a bit.

 

The other major point of difference is if you game, the LG B9 has more HDMI 2.1 features supported. No-one has been able to verify that it indeed can support HFR AKA 4k @120hz though.

 

I'd probably lean towards the A9F of the two, but you won't be disappointed either way. As roderickh said, the Panasonic GZ1000 can also be had for similar money currently, in which case I would even recommend that as a good option.




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  #2470362 24-Apr-2020 14:47
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Whilst we patiently wait for the prices to drop, any specific recommendations around wall mounts for a 55-65" OLED TV? Given the higher mounting height slight tilting would be great, and anything that would assist cable access is a big bonus!


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  #2470377 24-Apr-2020 15:07
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https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/MOABRA1059/Brateck-Lumi-PLB-43-Slim-Heavy-duty-Tilting-Curved

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  #2470383 24-Apr-2020 15:33
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Anyone care to comment on using driwall anchors with a 65" TV (25 kg) if the studs don't align with the required positioning?


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  #2470384 24-Apr-2020 15:37
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Never... tv will just fall off eventually

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  #2470387 24-Apr-2020 15:43
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I'm using this guy currently. I thought I might as well since it was on sale haha. Dream big, right? The 32"-70" will be more than enough though and cheaper.

 

It's pretty beefy, easy to install, and tilts to a decent angle. My 55" TV barely covers the vertical arms, so will have to upgrade to a 65" soon though.

 

 

 

cshwone:

 

Anyone care to comment on using driwall anchors with a 65" TV (25 kg) if the studs don't align with the required positioning?

 

 

I wouldn't, that's how you end up on r/TIFU. If its close enough and you have use good stud fasteners, you should be able to offset it on the horizontal mount.


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