Originally Posted by coltsfreak18
Meh, I wouldn't call 2.07 perfect gamma. The black level performance part of the review was based on the dark room results, not the bright room results.But I agree with most of your points... Except your persistence that the 950 is equal to or better than the xbr8.
2,07 is the post-calibration gamma. A german review had a post-calibration gamma of 2,2.
I don't understand why the reviewer calibrates to 2,07 and then goes on complaining about details being "a tad too light" on the Sony. Perhaps with a 2,22 gamma the pioneer would have lost the black level battle?
Clearly the quoted gamma is a calibration problem, not a problem with the display. If shadow details are too light, then there is room for even better gamma and black level....
I did not pretend the Samsung has better picture quality. I posted a test that claimed this but refuted it! M ypoint of view is the picture quality is equivalent. The Samsung only wins by virtue of the price.
Blooming was not raised as an issue in European testsd concerning the Samsung. People in Europe were actually quite surprised that CNET thought it was a real issue. But then there are different software version with different M-Gamma and LD Level values in the service menu.
Increasing LD Level to 50 or 100 (instead of 32) elimiates the blooming almost completely. I am guessing that the Service Menu manipulation mentioned about the update are tackling this particular parameter.