Originally Posted by sd13
What do you mean all over the place? The q9fn quality was stable on comparison?
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Barring the difference from the Q6 and the NU8000, The QLED lineup got progressively better TVs for the prices you were paying (ideally, at least. It sounds like you ran into some horrid DSE issues, and it took awhile for the local dimming to be improved from what I understand on the Q9).
If you got the intro level Q6, you were paying for appreciably wider color than the NU8000, even if it was a price premium of a couple hundred dollars (at least once prices adjusted a few months after release). Q7 gave you a much brighter picture, whereas the Q8 and Q9 had FALD that helped deliver a punchier picture with better blacks that the lower two couldn't achieve.
As of right now, the Q900RB is showing odd measurements with its picture - how the black levels are measured as they are, I don't know. The Q60 review was beyond disappointing, and a clear step back from the Q6FN.
Abt electronics also posted a review comparing the Q80 and Q70, noting that the Q70 handles shadow detail much better than the Q80 does. Granted, that is just one review, but it just wasn't at all what I would expect - and not really in line with what happened with last year's lineup.
So now I am interested in how the Q90 performs. If it has the wide angles, and vastly better contrast, it would be perplexing why their luxury model didnt perform as well.
Moreover, it would feel like a gut punch to consumers from Samsung if there was only one model worth getting this year. Last year I felt each were worth it for their respective prices (well, once a modest price drop set in).