Originally Posted by fafrd
Are we talking E-Series of M-Series?
Sorry, the M series for both me and konigsberg7. I believe I'm seeing the LEDs with panning shots, I have a suspicion that a
downside to FA backlighting may be that it's more susceptible to banding.
I actually auditioned 2 of them. Also, I didn't like how the M series handled motion with or without SME and I thought it had poor video processing as some low light scenes had noticeable video noise. These are two areas that I think the M series has regressed from last year's model.
I thought the dimming scheme was a net plus as I noticed no non blooming light bleeding issues (that's quite an accomplishment!) but blooming was quite evident in some scenes (the massacre at the church/dress rehearsal early in "Kill Bill Vol. 2" where Beatrix Kiddo is illuminated in her white wedding dress looked really bad). Color performance was terrible, I know, getting the television calibrated would remedy that to acceptable standards but you should be able get decent color performance from one of the calibrated settings out of the box.
I don't see the P series with its 64-72 zones making enough of a difference so surprisingly my interest has turned more towards to the R series. It would be nice if the R series could be available in time before the F8500 goes out of stock.
As for my bedroom TV I ended up getting the 51" F5300, fortunately for me it works out that its panel with no coating or filtering whatsoever is a non factor in my environment. I'm still astonished with its PQ as this $550 unit is right up there with my E7000 except with a tad less video processing prowess and of course the screen filtering. You would never think a TV that looks so terrible at the store would look so great in my bedroom.
I'm thinking of getting a Vizio LT CoStar to make it a smart TV.