I'm glad to hear Samsung is returning to side edge-lit as it can actually pull off far more convincing local dimming compared to bottom/top-bottom edge lit sets (particularly Cinema Black).
I have a 55" Samsung F8000 LED LCD and 51" Samsung F8500 plasma. Despite being 1080p and from 2013/2014 they are still satisfyingly striking to look at in terms of PQ and design aesthetics. The F8000 and Sony's edge-lit W900A of the same year are considered to be the pinnacle of 1080p LED LCDs beating out any 1080p FALD in overall PQ, especially in color and picture processing. So I'm perfectly happy with my sets waiting to see how TV technology progresses these next couple years.
From a pure side edge-lit technology basis the Q9 is very exciting compared to previous iterations. 3000:1 -> 4000:1 contrast ratio, 375 nits max -> 1700 nits max, rec.709 -> DCI P3 coverage and rec.2020 tracking, along with all the other improvements to motion handling, picture processing, picture settings precision, Smart TV platform, etc. Keep the details coming, Mark!
Would I like Samsung to magically defy physics and combine the brightness of LED LCD, the perfect blacks/infinite contrast of OLED, and the wide viewing angles of PDP? Why, yes! But we're on planet earth and they're doing the best that they can with what they have.
Contrary to what many harsh critics may believe, Samsung isn't dumb. They know how to sell TVs and they know what constitutes high fidelity image reproduction. The non-OLED, non-self-emissive-QLED Samsung of 2017 practically has a hand tied behind its back due to the technology limitations they are currently under. In spite of this they are still producing some of the best picture quality just shy of OLED (and in some areas equal or better). That is all that needs to be done by Samsung right now and they are doing a tremendous job.
Unfortunately, videophiles make up a very small part of Samsung's consumer base so there is very little incentive for them to constantly cater to our astronomical demands. Throwing in expensive and bulky FALD technology into their flagship makes very little sense from a business and marketing perspective. Most consumers don't care about the relatively marginal improvements FALD gives over a high quality edge-lit set (the success of the sweet spot KS8000 proves this).
The TV market is extremely diverse right now so there is bound to be a set that ticks all of the right boxes for you. That being said, if the Q9 does not live up to your expectations then I would kindly ask you to leave the people who are interested in peace please!
Last edited by DRN94; 03-15-2017 at 12:41 PM.