Originally Posted by Wizziwig
Originally Posted by GunmetalR56
Ok. Had around six hours now to tinker after getting the TV upstairs and connected.
No stuck or dead pixels and very little DSE. I do have one very faint band on the right side but I don't think it's any worse than the middle band on my old 940c or all three 75 z9d units that I've had in this room. I can definitely live with this panel.
Viewing angles are fantastic on this set. All seats in our theater room have a great picture with no color fade.
So compared to your 75z9d, you don't see the washout and color fade (especially reds and skin tones) on the sides when sitting in the center? Also, on content that fades to a dark gray (or 1% gray slide), do you see the dark center and lighter edges like on the Z9D? Really curious if Samsung was able to solve those two viewing-angle issues like Sony did on the Z9F.
As a bonus, the Z9F (at least in 75" size) also had absolutely zero DSE, vertical-banding, or other uniformity issues - a pleasure to watch as long as you're not a black-level fanatic. I have zero tolerance for uniformity issues so based on the early DSE reports, it sounds like this Q900 will not work for me. Maybe the 82" panel will be better?
No issues with dark center/lighter edges or color fade. It's excellent in that regard. Those 2 issues drive me up a wall with the Z9D and are the only reasons I grabbed the q900.
I've spent the whole weekend going back and forth between these TVs. I've been sitting in front of them testing different media for about 13 hours straight today.
I still can't decide. The Sony's picture really strikes me as more natural-looking where the Samsung picture seems to pop more like an OLED...even in movie mode. The trouble I have run into is that I've seen so many issues with content tripping up the Samsung. For every Transformers:Last Knight scenario where the Q900 performance just takes it to the next level over the Z.. I run into a Lone Survivor where the Samsung can't seem to get it right.
Examples of the issues I've seen on Lone Survivor: a single star in the night sky with a blob of black rotating around it because the TV can't figure out how to handle the dimming. An airplane flying through the night sky that looks like somebody is shining two spotlights on it. The TV can't decide where they should be so it just lights up the whole thing with a giant bloom for good measure. Daylight scene, coming down a sunlit mountainside in the early morning and one lone pine tree is just glowing while the soldiers are blooming.
Another issue is that so often in dark scenes the light reflecting off a person or object bleeds over into half the picture and it just looks bad. The 940c with it's 128 zones has none of these troubles so this tells me that Samsung should not be struggling when they have 480 zones to work with.
I honestly can't believe that they would roll out these TVs knowing they have issues like this. The amount of money and their flagship status.. it's pretty mind boggling.
Best Buy is arriving in 12 hours to pick up the Z and to be quite honest I'm having second thoughts about letting it go. I really want to keep the Samsung for its good qualities because when it's on a roll it is amazing. I just don't know that I feel comfortable trusting them to fix these issues. I certainly wasn't expecting this based on reviews of the 2018 q900 and initial hands on reviews like iMagic's.
I really wish there were some other owners that could throw in Lone Survivor and tell me what they see.