Originally Posted by audacious nick
With that argument, you might as well just get a KS8000. It has higher contrast than a VA Vizio P-series or the TCL P-series, its brighter, the anti-glare is way better, the design is better, you can probably get it for around the cost of a TCL P-series at this point, grey uniformity is better, color gamut is better and color volume is about the same.
Not exactly. I'm not saying that FALD doesn't make things better, it does. It just doesn't make it great, at least to my eyes, on my display. Maybe the P55 achieves lower nits on a black screen than my M60 does.
I can tell you, though, that my M55-C2, which has a native contrast ratio of 8800:1 after calibration, does a much better job (albeit not perfect) at dark scenes.
The problem of the KS8000 is that 1. It's discontinued, and the Q7 series is far more expensive, and 2. It's edge lit, so whatever benefits it holds with a high native contrast doesn't help it much when it illuminates columns of the screen at a time. Blooming on a FALD set can be distracting, but it would be annoying to me on an edge lit set.
Originally Posted by eelpout
That might just be a difference of panel quality and FALD zone count of M-series vs P-Series (2x for 2016 and 4x for 2017). A number of people with the P55 seem to like them
The M60-D1 is the 2016 model, and it has 64 dimming zones. The number of zones is also meaningless when you have a completely black image on screen and it still measures 0.01 nits in HDR mode. In a dark room it's easily visible. In SDR it's not bad, my i1Display Pro can't even register a luminosity level. In a dark room you can see the letter box bars, but it isn't distracting. The problem I had was with dark scenes looking washed out just because the display was incapable of providing the required depth to the scene. Maybe more zones would've helped, I don't know.
It's also possible that I'm a bit too critical, maybe some people just don't mind it as much as I do, or maybe the P55 just dims more than the M60 does at a certain maximum luminosity level.
My suggestion is try it before you buy it, if possible, you may like it just fine or you may not, depending on your expectations and requirements.
For example the M60 has great viewing angles, with little discoloration or wash out due to it being an IPS panel, so it's not all bad. It also does pretty well in bright-ish scenes in HDR, the picture can look phenomenal on it.