Originally Posted by rogerft
Totally disagree - the more processing power available the more VSP and LCD management that can be done on the fly. Having two processors improves the task handling. This has a significant effect on ability to manipulate the display and is one of the reasons H/W dimming has been dropped.
Keep drinking the kool-aid. I'm not saying there are no PQ benefits to Samsungs new micro dimming. This new software is just advanced dynamic contrast software no matter how try to look at it.
Lcd don't generate their own light, so they need a light source to work. When a tv displays black and the light source is still on light always bleeds through the lcd crystals.To achieve deeper black levels they came up with local dimming the light source. Its just the facts of LCD tvs if you want deep black levels you have to eliminate the light source.
Samsung knew this and they had full local dimming tvs. They dropped full local dimming in favor of edge led dimming. In my opinion they dropped full in favor of edge dimming because of cost. Rumor has it they where sued by Sharp but the full details of the lawsuit have never surfaced. Now they dropped even edge local dimming in favor of Software, not because they truly believe its better but because its cheaper.
The und8000 and ued8000 were different tvs, the und8000 had hardware dimming while the ued8000 didn't. Why would Samsung do this? Cost the und8000 has and extra cpu just to control the hardware dimming. The ued8000 doesn't have this cpu but it also has a duel tuners for cable and free-sat, it also can act as a dvr with a hdd or usb stick. The und8000 doesn't have these extra features.
My conclusion, Samsung is trying to pack more features in their tvs. In order to keep cost profitable they chose to drop and add features. Them dropping hardware dimming is more driven by cost, they put kinect and duel core processor with all kinds of new features. Software can improve the PQ but its never going to make blacks blacker the way they claim, only hardware can do that as its a lcd limited factor which is a hardware factor.