Originally Posted by rahzel
lol, that's certainly what it seems like. The NE Kuro was still rated highly by Chad, but because ONE other TV beat it out for second, people question his opinion
I do not think the criticism of some individual ranking scores, is only about brand loyalty, with some comments this may be true, but not with all.
I saw the B7100 (B7090 in Europe) in direct comparison to a KRP-500A in a completely dark room and the black level of the KRP is by far superior in practice.
Black Level measurement, especially with Dimming Systems and black level in practice can and do differ a lot, especially in high-contrast scenes.
The knowledge and experience of Chad-B by far surpasses mine, no topic, but the same classification in black level of a B7100 and a Elite Kuro, does not match the result in practice, therefore it is miss leading.
In a black level measurement most dimming systems achieve a deeper black level than in practice, because they don't have to handle "high peak white brightness" and "ultra deep black level" at the same time, they can use the maximum potential of their dimming with a test pattern usually used in a black level measurement.
In case of a B7100 there is only one dimming zone, against 2073600 "dimming zones" of a Kuro, there are no dimming zones with a Plasma, but the Kuro can control each pixel, or in other word there are no limitations due to backlight/dimming zone systems, there is no fluctuations in the black level depending on the image content and the complexity of the image content plays no role, unlike with dimming systems.
If we then compare high-contrast scenes to judge the black level in practice, there is a big difference between a Elite and a B7100.
A Global Dimming system has to handle everything, peak white brightness and deep black level with only one dimming zone and the Elite has the great advantage to control each pixel, this is the reason why the black levels in practice and in a dark room is in sum much deeper.
Therefore in my view it makes no sense to judge the black level rating outside of real usage.
I am thinking here in the forum are sufficiently experienced calibrators, which can confirm that in practice, there is a significant difference in black level between a Elite 9G Kuro and a Samsung B7100, at least when the lights go out.