Originally Posted by PiratesCove
The F7100 has micro-dimming too.
I've seen the UN55F7100 and UN55F8000 side by side at HHGregg and Brandsmart USA.
The HDTVs' picture quality looked very much similar with the same source feeds.
Best Buy was placing a UN60F7100 (with really bad settings) below a UN55F8000 as a comparison.
Honestly, I think the UN55ES8000 had better Picture Quality than the F8000s.
Maybe its possible that the non-flagship F7100 is actually a better HDTV......
If David Katzmaier at CNET does review the F7100 I think he will honestly have to rate its PQ as identical or better.
LCD televisions from Samsung the last few years have been getting ho hum applause for PQ. Finally Samsung has come up with a LCD TV that's near the top in PQ and it ain't the F7100. If you can gauge PQ from televisions in a store environment that are getting crappy compressed signals then more power to you, I have to put a lot of faith in hearsay. And I think I made it clear why Katzmaier is so confident in why he thinks the F7100 will not be nearly as good (his words, not mine) as the F8000.
"I haven't reviewed either one of the "7" series yet, but since both lack the highest level of "Micro dimming" (and the only one that actually dims portions of the backlight, as opposed to relying on processing) I would be very surprised
if either one was nearly as good
as the F8000. I can't say more w/o reviewing a 7, which I plan to do, but I'm not sure when."
Start watching this video at the 3:18 mark which explains why the F8000 has that extra compartment on the bottom portion of the back panel. I'm hoping this technology along with the actual smart dimming migrate down to the 7 series for next year.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QkNXZctqIkEdited by venus933 - 7/26/13 at 9:30pm