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Honestly digital sharpening is marginally if at all "better" with low quality feeds, on a good source all you are really adding is noise amplification and additional ringing for the illusion of a sharper image, I always turn this feature off if it is possible because the trade-off is not worth it.
Samsung are using basically parlor tricks to post a higher full pattern contrast ratio otherwise they trail far behind even an VT25, the direct side affect of this "processing" is brightness pops which I doubt anyone is very thankful for. I guess its a moot point since the F8500 was the last nail in Panasonics coffin and maybe the magical brightness pops will be buried for 2014 along with Panny
If you tell me they don't operate like that I will point out Samsung was caught twice writing code to target and cheat on benchmarks