Originally Posted by Loren Kruse.
I know some of you guys don't like John Archer but at this point I believe his review is the most insightful for the new Q90R. It isn't all roses... but I am still considering it as a viable alternative to OLED and for my bright room.
Samsung QN65Q90R Review: Tearing Up The LCD Rule Book:
That seems like a pretty balanced review, thanks.
So it sounds as though the miraculous improvements to black-level and the miraculous improvements to off-angle viewing do not compatible with each other:
"There is still one residual issue when it comes to watching the 65Q90R from a wide horizontal or, especially, vertical angle: slightly increased backlight blooming around bright high dynamic range (HDR) objects when they appear against very dark backdrops.
This only appears with very extreme content, though. And even when it does, it’s still pretty limited in terms of both the distance the blooming travels, and how intense it looks."
And it also seems that if you want to avoid Q9FN-like black crush to get the improved OLED-like shadow detail, you need to settle for only ~1500 cd/m2 of peak brightness:
"...while the Movie mode undoubtedly delivers a beautifully even-handed and subtle picture with HDR, it also comes with a substantial hit in brightness and dynamism. I measured 1450 nits on a white 10% HDR window
using the Movie preset (though this does stay pretty much static, without the dimming down you get in Standard mode). And the Movie mode image generally looks much flatter.
And finally, Archer agrees that the lack pf Dolby Vision support cones at some cost:
"There’s no doubt that the 65Q90R makes 4K Blu-rays that have Dolby Vision encodes on them look fantastic even without using the Dolby Vision data. But given that titles look better in HDR10+ than they do in HDR10 even on a TV as exceptional as the 65Q90R, you can’t help but think that Dolby Vision titles would look better too if the TV supported their Dolby Vision metadata.
Overall, the Q90 sounds like it may be the best FALD LED/LCD ever made, but it's doubtful it it's going to measure up against WOLED across the full range of reference viewing material:
"The lack of shadow detail in Standard mode and dark standard dynamic range situation are slight frustrations on a TV that’s so generally so brilliant. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung does something about them via future firmware updates."