Originally Posted by Ken Ross
nu02wrx, did you notice whether the Movie Mode allowed you to engage micro dimming?
Well, last year's ES series sets had no option whatsoever for any control over micro-dimming. And they told you nothing about when it is active and when it isn't. It turns out it is forced on in Standard, Dynamic, and Natural modes, and forced off in Movie mode, with no way to set it on or off. And there was nothing in the menus for it. It was just off no matter what in movie mode and we had no option.
The same for the auto-dimming (which some refer to as CE-dimming). Auto-dimming automatically dims the screen when the screen hits a certain threshold of darkness, to try and deepen the dark scenes, but the result is dimming whatever lighter parts are on the screen too. It was most noticeable during end credits of movies, where most of the screen was black, except for some small text - you would see auto-dimming kick in and make the black screen even darker, but the white or lighter text would dim to half it's brightness, looking muddy. That same thing would happen during night scenes, and space scenes,where you see a starscape - most of the screen is black so it's dimmed, but that makes the stars look dull instead of bright.
You could see the difference immediately in those types of scenes by going back and forth between movie mode and standard mode - movie mode lost it's deeper blacks, but the other objects in the screen (stars, credits, etc) were full brightness. Sadly, not a single review mentioned anything last year about movie mode not using micro-dimming. Samsung keeps a lot of these things to themselves.
You could "disable" auto-dimming by bumping the brightness up to around 50-60; the higher the brightness setting, the less the screen would auto-dim, until at some point it would just be essentially disabled. Setting the brightness super-high raised the threshold for when the screen's auto-dimming would kick in. Of course then the screen would look waaay to bright, so somebody in the thread figured out a trick: lower the offsets evenly under the white balance setting in the advanced menu - that would drop the brightness back down to compensate for the higher brightness setting - sort of cancelling out the higher brightness setting, and this would essentially disable auto-dimming because as long as the brightness was set at 50-60, auto dimming wouldn't kick in. It didn't take the offsets into account, so it was a neat way to "disable" the auto-dimming without actually having any setting to do that.
This was discussed in some detail for a while in the ES8000 thread, that's how we finally discovered it's forced off in movie mode and forced on in all other modes. I was hoping they would find a way to get the blacks deeper this year without the full-screen dimming. At least if we had control over that "feature" I would be happy.Edited by eagle_2 - 3/8/13 at 10:09pm