Originally Posted by Benny42
Everything you describe sounds like a set not up to the standard of a good local dimming set (B8500, Sony XBR8).
Keep in mind that I have had the set for exactly 1 day and my initial statements were against the out of box settings. I went through the S&M calibration disc and did what I could by eye.
Some notes from the process:
- Black and white crush is happening. I tried all sorts of adjustments and settings (Deep Color off/30-bit/36-bit) to prevent it, but it was clearly not willing to display anything past the reference values. Given how low contrast needed to be set and the presence of white-crush, I suspect that there is a setting hidden in the ISF modes that is clamping everything to reference. I'll need to wait for the calibration to know for sure.
- After getting the brightness and contrast set appropriately, the flashlights are gone.
- A black screen is still distinguishable from the bezel, but it is better than what the DLP that it is replacing was capable of. It is still to be seen if there are more adjustments that will improve this in the ISF modes.
- Also on a black screen, there is a little bit of cloudiness. Nothing excessive, but noticeable.
- Color is very vibrant and life-like.
- Sharpness is still the big advantage of this set. The test pattern for sharpness was extremely crisp without the typical problems of oversharpening. I ended up leaving the sharpness control at the default.
- Motion compensation took a bit of time to get right, but now everything from Planet Earth to TV is smooth without the soap opera effect.
Without ISF calibration, this set does not have quite the depth in black that local dimming sets have. It _is_ considerably better than the Samsung 8000 series, however.
When I was doing the comparison between the 8500 and FX5 LS in store, the FX5 was much more life-like and brought you into the movie. The 8500 felt more detached. So far, the FX5 continues to have an uncanny realism to the picture even with the lack of extremely deep blacks.
I've taken some photos, but I need to get them off the camera and convert them to JPGs. I'll post them as soon as I get a chance.