Originally Posted by buggs1a
That’s what I was talking about. Sorry I used the wrong word. If I lower brightness nothing happens. I lower backlight to 20 it’s not too bright but loses the picture quality. It’s a barker picture so to me don’t look that great. Well, I am not sure how to describe it. Sorry.
I like the tv. I guess I’m just so used to my E6 that maybe I’m scared of a new one because it’s different. And I have real bad anxiety disorder and ocd. Real bad too. And I’m not good with change. I also have asperger syndrome which is possible that is why I don’t think the Sammy looks better. Sometimes it’s hard for me to distinguish differences. You can put in front of me two similar pictures. But I won’t be able to tell any difference unless the difference is big. I was tested long time ago and they did that. Said the pictures were different but they looked exactly the same to me.
I feel bad.
Thought I'd chime in here as I had a similar experience going from an E6 as well to an LCD (a Sony in my case, but it was a tossup between Sony and Samsung and I'm curious about the Q90R's, which is why I was in here). Hope nobody minds me chiming in as I just noticed this particular discussion and thought I had something relevant to add. I'm also a bit OCD about this type of thing, so I can relate.
Like you, I think I may have gotten used to the Automatic Brightness Limiting of the OLED, whereby you can have a higher overall brightness for highlights in SDR, but extremely bright scenes (ie. all white backgrounds or solid bright colors) actually dim down because the OLED panel can't handle it. So in some ways, you're seeing the picture being dimmed instead of as it's actually *meant* to be displayed with an OLED. Plasmas (which was my TV prior to OLED) did this too.
So when I moved to an LCD that could display full brightness for everything, I seared my eyes out when an ad would come on, during animation, or in a bright scene. These LCD's are capable of much higher nits than anything before them, and this generation is the first TV where I can't just turn off the Light Sensor and keep brightness at default because it will blind me; I never even messed with backlight on any previous TV because they were never bright enough that I felt I had to. So there IS an adjustment period, especially if you're used to Auto Brightness Limiting and not being able to stay at default brightness settings.
My advice is to turn off all the extra processing (including any processing to try to make the picture more HDR-like). Then pause a bright white background and adjust to as high as you can comfortably look at (keep in mind you may have to switch it up a few times as your eyes will adjust if you stare at it too long; you want the first few seconds you see it to be reasonably comfortable). Once you dial that in, try to get used to the "dimmer" backlight brightness. You may actually find you're seeing more detail and the way things are meant to be instead of the way you're used to. For example, scenes with an overcast sky may look darker, but in a way where you're like "Oh...it should look like that since it looks more natural." I'm still watching brighter than the 100-nits reference (I'm estimating my current brightness setting to be somewhere between 150-200 nits; I don't have a meter at the moment to measure), and some of it is down to user preference, but I think you can find a setting you'll like better. If you have trouble telling two pictures apart yourself, perhaps have a friend or family member help you dial it in.
Also, keep in mind for HDR content, the E6 has the opposite problem; it'll never be able to show you the highlights as well as something like these sets, so if you do watch HDR, you'd be giving that up.
Not trying to give you more anxiety, but I wouldn't give up quite yet if I were you as the Q90R looks like a great set from all accounts, and there certainly should be a way to find a setting you like. At the end of the day though, you have to do what looks good to you. Good luck!