I read this entire thread. I purchased a UHD TV 1.5 months ago, and I have never been happier with a TV purchase. It is the European version of Samsung HU9000, the 65HU8500. It replaced a 4-year-old-top-of-the-line-back-then CCFL LCD, a 47" Philips with ambilight technology.
Everything looks better on the UHD, and I mean everything.
I support Mr. Orange's opinion 100%, so attack me if you will. I also have better than 20/20 eyesight, and I also see pixels on a 47" 1080p panel from 9-10 feet.
While people think on the UHD purchase, I watched the entire Brazil 2014 world cup on a my magnificent 65HU8500. All my friends visited, night after night, and everyone was amazed. This by itself is enough benefit of UHD TV. We sat close at 6-9 feet, and never notice any pixels on the UHD. Not so on a 1080p panel.
Stating that plasma is the king of displays is simply funny, since it is not. This is my opinion, and everyone is entitled to one. 6% of the population are very sensitive to refresh/flicker, and I can see each and every plasma flicker, and up close inside every pixel of the plasma I can see floating little dots. To me plasma looks dirty. Not to mention image retention and burn in. I checked out the Panny ZT60, played a little with menu and settings, and guess what, I could see the menu retained after the menu was closed, e.g. "Picture options was visibly retained on the screen. Thank you very much, this does not cut it. To each there own, I will never have plasma in my house. My living room is open area with a 30 feet high empore and is 50% windows, very bright.
Everyone on this thread should remember that the human eye is an organ that is adaptive, and I never watch anything in complete darkness, I want to reduce eye strain and always use ambient light behind the TV. Guess what this does to black level - turns it to pitch black. So there you go, now I have a plasma like blacks on my UHD.
Motion handling - what is so great about a 24 frame material that everyone is hanging to it so tight? Give me soap opera effect and I am all in. I want fluid motion, just like I see the world, not a freaking slideshow 24 frames. The frame interpolation tech has improved very much, and people should see it before judging. It is very certain that the tech will make mistakes, but I am aware of this. Prefer fluid motion 80% of the time, and can live with artifacts. Again my own opinion, and anyone can continue watching the 24p slideshow, which worsens the larger the screen gets.
Pro calibration - I paid once, will never do it, I ended up changing settings to my preference. When I am outside, I see bright colors, e.g. green grass, red roses, blue plums, etc. I want to see same on my TV. Pro calibration makes dull and boring colors. So there you go, science does not work for me. I like vivid and bright. Next time you watch football, check out the 65HU8500 Football mode, that's what I mean.
3D - never seen better, even better than in the theater, and all of my friends said that, they seen many 3D movies in the theater. Again we sit close, like 6-8 feet away. Guess what, no black lines, no pixels visible, just pure image and awesome colors, so anyone who has not seen UHD active 3D should not speak, please don't. First check it out, then comment. If you don't like 3D, that is your preference, but I do, and there is no better at the moment.
Curve - once again science does not work here. Seen a lot of cons on the net, multiple diagrams... from scientific point of view even I was convinced it is a gimmick. Not after you try it, it simply works, and once again this is my point of view so take it for what it is. My curved TV is better viewable from anywhere in the room compared to my not curved tv.
So there you go this is my opinion. I noticed that many posters do not even own a UHD set, yet they are convinced it is not worth it based on science and what they read, i.e. someone else's opinion. It does not work, and why? Because the mind and eye don't always follow science, for example, my curved TV viewed from the side has a bow tie shape. Yet, I perceive this distortion far more correct than the trapezoid form of a non-curved display looked at from the side.
10bit vs 8 bit - who cares, there is no content at the moment, plus the benefits of 10 bit are not proven. Until then I watch UHD 8bit, and I am entertained, while others wait.
Everyone who is in the market for a new TV, should let their eyes be the judge. Go out and look, what ever suits you. If you get a 1080p, more power to you, your decision. I got UHD, since I was amazed by the awesome picture, and I did a fair amount of in store viewing, with my own blu rays, etc. You should do the same.
Last edited by vddobrev; 07-26-2014 at 04:23 AM.