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I would blame this poor performance on that X-wide viewing angle technology that both Samsung and Sony seem to "have fallen in love" as applied to their current top-of-the-line sets.
I can understand that for some customers, specifically those with a larger family viewing audience, this X-wide tech might be desirable, but is the cost of much worse native contrast levels a fair trade ?
From the reviews i read on Rtings.com i was shocked seeing how much worse the native contrast level is if the set uses the X-wide tech and i for one would never/ever trade a much better native contrast level for a wider viewing angle, take your pick.
My Sony 940E has a pretty good viewing angle according to Rtings.com and excellent native contrast level of about 5.000:1 ( almost 12.000:1 using its FALD) whereas the Sony Z9F native contrast level is only 1.730:1 (3.379:1 using its FALD).
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