Originally Posted by Islandborn
HEy fellas-Have been scouring this thread since day 1...I am very close to pulling the trigger on this tv...I was waitng for the Sammy 75 es8000 but at this point who knows if that model will ever see a store shelf...Anyway...I would just like to poll the current owners of this set and if you guys could chime in on any updates and if you are still blown away by the set, or have you been more disappointed with the results?...Mr. Cleveland just threw me a curve ball with his 90" comment, but at 10k msrp, if it's not local dimming, I definitely have to pass...
Having owned a 55" Vizio full array local dimming set as well as the Sharp 80-632U I feel somewhat qualified to comment on the value of local dimming when compared to a set with a naturally very low black floor level......
Bottom line is this, and people have to remember that, local dimming Vs. a natural black floor level is really only of significant value in a dark or very near dark room when considering sets like the Sharp 80". It is not JET BLACK during dark scenes, but, it is VERY close. I watch with a little ambient light at night and although I am occasionally aware of a not quite black background, the vast majority of the time I am awed by the very high contrast, particularly with night scenes with street lights, illuminated buildings, etc.
Once you get into a normally lit room, there is NO visual difference between this set or a set with local dimming. They both appear totally black - darker in fact than the surrounding bezel. I know......I've tried. It goes without saying that Plasma sets come in a very distant third in daylight or well lit room conditions. All this, assumes, of course, that you've taken the time to set up the set properly, especially the back-light.
I won't get into details about local zone dimming except to say that it is not a perfect solution either - pumping, halos, loss of brightness during some scenes all subtract from the viewing thrill of having such a set.
I much prefer a set like this Sharp which has a superb, non-gimmicky, very dark floor level.
7-1/2 Months of joy so far and STILL THRILLED!!!!!