Originally Posted by razrsharp
So for those that could have chose the Samsung KS8000 for a similar (or lower) price than the P-series, if you could go back in time which one would you stick with?
I still have plenty window to return my P65 and get a KS8000 for $200 lower, for the first time in Canada. Although I'm generally happy with the P (less the odd glitches and banding), part of my initial decision was that the 8000 was at minimum $400 MORE than the P-series (only on BF) and generally about $600 more.
Even though I'd just bought a nice 2015 M60 last March, I had upgradeitis and wanted HDR, so that meant KS8000 or P65 at Big Game sale prices around $1500 - $1480 and $1550, respectively at Costco. (OLED is for when I win the lottery.)
Earlier in this thread, last Wednesday (it is now Tuesday), I was explaining to someone about how buying a smaller TV, but shortening the distance between it and your viewing position would make it perceptually the same size and it occurred to me that since moving a 55" set only FOUR INCHES closer would make it appear as large as the 60" I could move down to the $1000 price range where the KS8000 was - P55 wasn't an option due to the IPS panel - and I'd also be able to take it home in my car and set it up myself, unlike the beastly P65 box would require.
I brought it home and looked at some YouTube HDR videos and thought the colors were bright and punchy and was congratulating myself on saving a bundle.
Then the next night I watched Gravity.
Due to the inherent limitations of edge-lighting, everything that I'd feared about potential compromises erupted. I knew that flashlighting, blooming, weak blacks were going to be an issue, but short of dialing back the backlight to a point where everything looked blah, I realized that for MY use case, this wasn't going to work. If I watched fullscreen TV or 1.85:1 movie content, perhaps I could've dealt; but looking at movies with letterbox bars was the deal-breaker.
I was texting a buddy Friday morning about how that 2nd night had raised some flags and told him I was 55-45 about taking it back. By lunchtime I was committed to switching. Pinged another buddy to borrow his work van and went to Costco at lunch to buy it. Picked it up after work and after shuffling the sets around, I fired up the P65 and went to look at the LG OLED store demos - Chess and the Jazz Club ones are good - on YouTube and immediately thought how I'd spent almost $600 more for this TV and how it was....
So worth it. No regrets at all.
Further use has revealed some weird little glitches that I hope firmware updates will iron out, but my task now is to box up the KS800D and take it back and probably get the stink eye as if I just borrowed it for a Super Bowl party. Whatever.
TL;DR: Bought a KS8000, looked at it and went and spent 60% more for a P65 because #BlackLevelsMatter.