Originally Posted by DRN94
My Game Mode settings are meant to be slightly more colorful and dynamic than a reference picture. Since video games look inherently less realistic, it wouldn't hurt to stretch the contrast and pop the colors a little more. I found it gave a more immersive picture over my Movie Mode settings when playing PC games on it but I share the settings for anyone who's looking for the most "pop".
As far as FALD is concerned I think you're better off getting an OLED for your man cave instead of FALD. FALD is only going to be marginally better than the F8000's edge-lit dimming system yet much more expensive. It's more precise to dimming specific areas but it still suffers the same pitfalls of LCD LED technology (lower native contrast ratio, narrow viewing angles, slower pixel response, etc.).
Yes, I notice the limitations of the F8000's technology every night, but it doesn't keep me from enjoying its brilliant, reference-level picture.
I'm hoping Samsung will get their RGB OLED panel manufacturing process down a bit better soon. A 500+ nit peak white OLED with no automatic brightness limiter and a perfect black level and all the other benefits of OLED panels would make the perfect TV for my finickiness. But until they are available the F8000 is the most affordable and cost effective solution in getting videophile level LED picture quality in my opinion.
LG's 55" OLED EC9300 is at $3,500, which while a much better price than what they were at last year, is still too rich for my blood. It has its own faults, too.
And I don't know, Vizio's 4K P and R-Series sound rather exciting. A large amount of full-array local dimming zones, active pixel tuning, able to accept a 120Hz signal from your PC, starting price for a 50" at $1,000, etc. Blooming is apparently a non-issue with the E and M-Series, even though they have much less zones. Narrow viewing angles don't bother me much nor concerns about contrast ratio versus plasmas and OLED displays. I just like a consistent image and low input lag. The F8000 is actually my first LED LCD television - a Samsung DLP was my first HDTV - and I just can't help notice the faults of edge-lit lighting compared to what I had before. It drives me a little batty.
I'd be tempted by the Samsung F8500 (plasma) if it didn't have such poor input lag. I was considering a projector for awhile instead, but then I started reading about that whole process and it gave me a headache.
That said, the F8000 is by no means a terrible television! Heavens, it's quite beautiful. I just don't think I can do edge-lit again.