Originally Posted by gmarceau
You're kidding me. Everyone is expecting this to have blacks that have no idle luminance- pretty much everyone on this whole forum, unless things changed within the last 24 hrs. I thought that was the draw for videophiles. Blacks are being touted to be better than a 9G Kuro. The old Sony XEL-1 set had deeper blacks than the 9G.
Do you have a source for this other than word of mouth? I'm not saying that you're wrong, but if we went by word of mouth, the original
720p Kuros had "perfect" black levels that blended with the bezel in a dark room, but in reality they were what, 3,000:1 when calibrated to reference levels?
One of the reasons that OLED tends to look really nice on the show floor is that they have better screen coatings than most other flat panels, showing deeper black levels:
I suspect that part of this is due to the fact that these panels are not especially bright. (e.g. 150 nits on the new Samsung with a full field white screen)
Even Sony, who makes the best OLED displays yet, don't make claims about perfect black level—they claim 1,000,000:1 and place black level at some point between 0.00001 and 0.0001 nits with the BVM-E250. I certainly wouldn't be expecting displays comparable to broadcast monitors right out of the gate, especially when Samsung are using different technologies. I don't believe they're even using a deep cell structure with their design?
Even at a best-case scenario with that 150,000:1 you're looking at 0.001 nits black level, but when they list a peak white of 600 nits, I'd be expecting 0.004.
Black level is not the only area OLED is good at though. Response times should be significantly faster than any other displays currently on the market. It's certainly going to be interesting to see what the ABL effects are like when the panel goes from a peak of 600 nits down to 150 though.