Costco had 82” clearanced online last week (sold out in hours) and if lucky enough to find in store was even better priced. Had to travel 2 hours but did get one in the box to replace our 8 yr old Sony 70” KDL520 (Some dse, good motion handling, decent pic quality for older edge lit).
First impressions...unlike some here and CNETs review model, bottom frame is not 2 strips but rather one solid piece with samsung logo and control pad molded in center underside (pics attached). An improvement there IMHO.
Brightness is far better than older Sony it replaced and while in a super bright open floor-plan Suite of rooms In Florida with sliders off to side, 13’ ceilings, light paint, no blinds, and viewing it from different seats ranging from 11-25’ it seems plenty bright with settings posted here. It is however a bit reflective, but has the same semi matte type screen older Sony did (also pretty reflective) so not a big change/improvement with refections.
Mild DSE and vertical banding, but looking close on many kinds of bright content, 1080, 4k, HDR, never noticed it til I did the screen test (wish I could undo having done test lol...We don’t watch hockey ever)! Have seen plenty worse and some better. No more of this model at close to price paid so need to enjoy it, pay more for same model elsewhere, or pay way more for 2020 equivalent Sony or new Samsung Q80T...and maybe get worse. (?)
Haven’t noticed any of the overall screen dimming others have had with subtitles and local dimming. Firmware is 1356. Does anyone have newer firmware?
Contrast, detail, highlights in both 4k and HDR have been more than pleasing..Color is also nice in 4k and HDR and with other good content. BluRay of The Hobbit DOS, revealed plenty of detail that I had never seen and impressed for non 4k. Direct TV however not so much. Colors oversaturated, weird artifacts with lower resolution channels and plenty of junk in junk out results.
Ambient mode is really cool and so much better than the black slab. Taking pic of my wall and matching texture and color is very close in person...while pic here seems to show color and brightness very differently (see oic). It does look great in person.
GUI is lightning fast compared to what I’m used to, but it would be nice to have one button to get right to pic adjustments. Little universal remote trying to do too much with too many sources gets frustrating. While I’m not a fan of voice assistants, Bixby doesn’t seem to be better and maybe worse. Haven’t tried with any other Voice assistants It is compatible with so cant comment on that. Sound from speakers was surprisingly clear and loud. Most listening is done with Home Theatre set up. But better built in sound than expected.
Will update when I’ve had time to view more content.