Originally Posted by fierce_gt
is anybody other than Samsung doing this though? they were the only ones I was aware of. it's funny, cause I've looked at the EH series Samsung, and I'd honestly take one of those over the 'mid-range' options. not until the dimming versions(I think 7series usually?) would I actually consider it an upgrade model.
Rear lit can go either way all the way from a cheap no name set to a premium flagship model with tons of local dimming zones like some of the Sony 9.5x
Not sure but I think most of the Samsung 5xxx are rear lit and 6xxx and up are mostly edge lit might want to check B4 buying one, the edge lights are skinny and the rear lit are phatt not too hard to tell .
Might be worth looking at a Sony W600B if you are thinking of A Samsung 5xxx or 6xxx it's rear lit with Samsung
panel (no panel lottery) and most times a better picture .
I looked at the 2013 /early 2014 5x,6x Sammy I almost bought one but couldn't find one with the right panel codes at BB having seen them both ways I can tell you it makes a significant difference . They were out of the Sony R4 I wanted to begin with so I went home and bought it on line , worked out fine . I don't much care for Samsung chicken foot stands anyway !☺☺ OTOH if you get an rear lit Sammy *with the right panel they are real decent if they had one I might be watching it now !
I might still have most of the Samsung panel lottery codes if you need them if not the AVS Samsung panel lottery thread has them a search should turn something up loooong thread !
2014 Sony W600B (entry level Sony ) are phat direct lit Samsung SPVA with the back light fabricated and assembled to the Samsung SPVA LCD cell by Foxconn . 2013 Sony R4 are also like that.
Sony store web site is incorrect (calls 2014 W600B dynamic edge light ) believe it or not ,some retailers and most reviewers have it right though .
We verified the W600B like 2013 R4 is rear lit in another thread here .Besides it's to phatt for edge light anybody can see that !
I have last year 40" Sony R4 in my bedroom it's on right now watching Fox Gretta Wire hate on Obama ☺ . I thought it was best 40 -48 inch LCD out there. I looked at all the usual suspects including 2014 Vizio FALD that had a middling panel with minimal FALD zones helping out the black levels,
R4 Sony's good native black levels ,contrast ,color (not crushing shadow detail and blacks or clipping whites ) and better fine detail (+ fit and finish ) won out here .Below are the calibrated panel measurements from the 2013 R4 panel
OFC I'm spoiled by my Sammie PDP and all ☺
2013 Sony KDL 40R450 Black: 0.022 cd/m2 Contrast: 4750 : 1 Samsung SPVA ( decent for LCD)
(no local dimming 50 LED back light ) still spanks a lot of LCD 40-48's and some bigger ones out there .
2014 W600B is similar Samsung SPVA rear lit panel .
Lots of the the Sony W8,W8.5 and 9X are edge lit (usually AUO AMVA and a few LGD S-IPS edge lit panels ,some with dynamic zone dimming .
OTOH Some of the TOTL W9/ 9.5 x are rear light FALD LGD S-IPS
with the 85" being I believe an CMO Innolux of some sort. Don't know about the 70" could be anything in there
maybe even a Sharp ASV for all I know ! The new 79 is LGD S- IPS AFAIK
Looks like Sony is spreading the love around these days , beats a panel lottery though like the 5xxx,6xxx Samsung and some others sets over there at least you know what you are getting panel wise @ Sony .