I agree that banding is everywhere. If one thing I’ve learnt about Oleds is don’t go looking for it if you don’t see it in normal viewing!!Sorry to read of your continuing issues.
Of the 5 OLED's I have owned ALL of them have had banding. However the one I currently still have (2019 panel) is only noticeable in specific dark grey scenes, i.e its very rare you'll see it.
However the reason I'm posting is: the 83" C1 evo panel I had last year, had negligible banding in dark grey scenes, BUT, banding in bright HDR elements, like a very bright sky. Mainly noticeable when panning. Bad enough that I returned it. My Z9J is the cleanest TV I have ever owned - but yes you might get occasional light diffuse blooming which is visible again in certain panning shots.
I guess what I'm trying to say is, all TV's will have some downside in my experience, but the tough decision is whether you personally can tolerate it. If not, return it for sure and don't look back. You'll get a TV you're happy with, sometimes it's just a pain getting there.
My LG 65C8 is brighter as well. But the picture quality is better on the sony.I've had my 77" A80J for a few weeks now and generally I'm very happy with it. I'm using the Custom and Expert 1 picture setting - I haven't changed any of the default settings other than turning off the light sensor.
I'm noticing that the HDR on small areas (e.g. a light or fire) doesn't seem as bright as my previous LG 65" E6. Am I doing something wrong?
I agree, the picture quality is better on the Sony. However, part of the reason I opted for the Sony is reviews from the likes of HDTV Test which praised the impact of HDR highlights (I think Vincent used the Mad Max Furu Road 4k disc as an example).My LG 65C8 is brighter as well. But the picture quality is better on the sony.
Custom for SD / HDR10 , for DV I,m using DV Dark on evenings and if it’s really bright during the day I use DV Bright , I’m using the Warm settings posted on YouTube by Classy Tech , and also have adjusted the WB settings in service menu using D-Nice late 2021 77” settings that give a slight brightness boostWhat picture mode settings are you guys using?