Originally Posted by losservatore
Rting video Q7 review is ready to watch.
Samsung QLED TVs at CES 2017
Just a remind the Q9 is a side edge lit not bottom edge lit. Both have different backlight performance.
And another reminder that more measurements of store-bought units need to be done. And that will happen as more people buy them...
Because if... and I'm simply saying if... rtings got two duds (maybe the same batch? from the same Amazon warehouse?) then that would NOT automatically be more representative of what consumers get versus what reviewers get. He's really being quite presumptuous there. I looked at one random example, the KS8000, and rtings had a higher peak measurement than reviewed.com, a site that does get its TVs from Samsung.
My interest piqued, I compared a few more measurements. B6 OLED, reviewed says "over 600 nits" and rtings posts 787 nits. Soon enough, I'm seeing a pattern. What exactly is he talking about? I've gone to reviewed.com, met Lee Neikirk, even put my meter on their reference TV to see how close we are. He's getting good numbers, and they are lower than rtings, and so my only conclusion is that Cedric is making a factually incorrect assertion in claiming his TVs are dimmer because he bought 'em instead of getting 'em from Samsung, and that's the end of the story.
As I've noted before but it's worth repeating, aside from the time it takes, it's trivially easy for me to get a meter onto a TV that came from a store. Nothing to it. So I can very easily find out if I've been getting "golden samples." In other words, I'd have figured that out by now. Maybe other TV reviewers never measure TVs other than the ones they review? That's not the case with me and I find that whole line of argument insulting.
I don't live in a bubble where the only TVs I see are provided to me by manufacturers. Between AVS members, people seeking calibrations, and dealers I've got all the access I need.
Obviously none of that is that case for a TV that's not for sale yet like the Q9.