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LG OLED on a Boat - Any Experience?

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  1. WorldTraveler

    WorldTraveler New Member

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    Hey all!

    So, my TV at home recently died after 15 years and so I dove into the OLED world. Wow. The difference is staggering. So, I was looking to install them on a boat. Does anyone have any experience with an OLED TV on a boat? My only (Obvious) concern is that they're so thin. I called LG and local yacht brokerages but have yet to get a definitive answer. As a result, I figured I would ask the fine people on this forum :)

    Thanks so much for your help!!
  2. Capt J

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    The thinness is no issue, they hold up fine. I prefer Samsung over LG (LG the picture is too dark for my tastes, even if you adjust it). Also if it's in a salon, look for the model that has a low glare screen.
  3. WorldTraveler

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    Hey Captain J! Thanks for your reply, but I think you're confusing my post for LED. Samsung does not make an OLED - only LG, and now, Sony. The screens are maybe 1/4" wide and do flex. That is my main concern.

    And yes, Samsung always made better products, but now, the OLED by LG blows them out of the water ;)

    http://www.lg.com/us/tvs/lg-OLED65G7P-oled-4k-tv
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  5. WorldTraveler

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    Sure, Samsung makes QLED, but it's not OLED. Do you see the marketing tactic? Q and an O? Yea. But the QLED's are more than double the width of the OLED TV's. So, it's not really a comparison. I suggest not looking at the 'specs' because they include the whole product, not the thinest part of the TV. Why does it matter? Well, because the OLED screen is legit 1/4" at its narrowest part (More than 60% of the product), whereas the Samsung is pretty uniform in terms of size.

    Anyone else have experience with an OLED?

    Side note: in terms of picture, the OLED smokes the QLED :), but so does the price :(
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    Samsung makes the majority of tv screens for themselves and other brands.
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    Yes, but their brief OLED entry was a failure and even though you'll see OLED now in some other brands, they're getting the OLED part of is from LG. To this point, only LG is producing OLED. I'm sure Samsung is very disturbed by that and working to recover since they are the #1 television manufacturer and LG is #2.
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    We have looked but until OLED prices drop, not interested. Not going to pay $8k or $20k for a 65 in or 77 in television, although now Costco has the 65" for $2999. 99. Our reason for waiting is that if you had one, then every other television you have would disappoint you a little and we have way too many televisions to switch them all out.

    I see no reason one couldn't be mounted on a boat. However, I worry about any new technology dealing with the frequent jarring, humidity, salt air. I'm not a fan of new technology in it's first few months or even year so it's not surprising I'd take the conservative approach. However, we just can't know yet it's sensitivity to environment and motion. There was a time moving companies wouldn't move and then would move but take no responsibility on any wide screen, then the same on flat screens, especially Plasma's. I think the only one that really made sense was the original wide screen projection televisions. I was told by a mover they experienced something like 1/3 or them having post move issues.
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    I don't think it would be an issue if the mount is a good one. Your best bet is to call LG and ask them. What about flush mounting it to the wall, then it would be secure? Samsung makes OLED tablets and if a tablet can survive, why shouldn't a tv on a yacht?
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    I've got a 55 lg oled tv on my boat. It's semi-flush mounted, with the thin part flat against the wall and the thicker part bolted to a strong frame. The installer was doing a lot of work refitting my salon for me, and was very good.

    I've had no problem so far. It's the first season with it, but I've been in some rough water with no problems.

    Mine is attached to an NvidiA Shield TV, and a 4K bluray. I've got large drives of tv and movies for viewing. I don't use the satellite tv, and haven't even tried it on that tv.
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    Thank you so much! This is exactly what I was looking for. Having the thin part flush with the wall is a great idea. I wonder if a mold could be made, too. Has anyone ever done that, with any TV or electronic device? I stupidly cracked my screen of an OLED65E6 the day I bought it (They're fragile), so I wouldn't mind using that as a test.
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    Yea, I have called LG 2 times and even met their rep at Best Buy. They had no idea and looked at me like I had five heads. I really hate LG, and some of their stupidity (Like the HDMI Placement where you see the cord sticking out of the side), but they make one heck of a TV.
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    Yes, I have had several tv's framed with wood to match the woodwork so the deepest part is almost touching the wall behind it. Just make sure to drill holes in the top and bottom of the frame to let the sound out and heat.
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    I would definitely keep that in mind. You confirm the reason we have no OLED. We don't want to get hooked and want all OLED's. Although the tv you're looking at would require a large one, my favorite way of having a television in the salon is to have it inside a cabinet with mechanism to raise it when you need it. Most of those have good back support but also good base support. Unfortunately, that's just not practical on most boats.
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    Mine nearly butts against the side window and gives the illusion that the window is longer or wraps around. When I put certain screensaver images or videos, it helps open the room too. I put a 4K fireplace video in the spring when having dinner, an aquarium video in the summer, or some drone video of the bays.

    It's a pretty cool effect.
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    Olderboater, I agree with the don't get an oled because you'll want them everywhere argument. I debated replacing all my tv's at home with them. We are moving later this year, so that was the way I justified holding off.
    I can't watch LCD tvs. I get motion sick from almost all of them, so my house is all plasma.

    The lowest cost oled is a plastic screen I think, maybe lighter and less strong, so I would make sure it's resting against a wall, or even in a frame for support. I use a sound bar to get sound, no way to get the sound out in my install otherwise.

    My cell provider increased their rocket hub plan from 20gb to 100gb for about $20 more per month. With that cap and the fact that cell covers everywhere I go now, I'll be usinmore streaming video and audio and the tv has it built in for Netflix etc.

    I'm playing with chromecast audio devices for music. It has much better range and clarity than my fusion Bluetooth.

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