Originally Posted by Jeffrey Suchocki
This is kind of what I feared. I just found it difficult to believe that Hisense had suddenly found the "secret sauce" to make Dual panel LCD work well in a cost effective manner. I'm pretty sure the big boys with a better track record of innovative technology just couldn't get around the challenges (whether it be heat, even more narrow viewing angles than standard VA panels, processing, cost... etc. etc. ) I'm glad they're trying. But whatever Hisense's reputation in China, I've found them to consistently disappoint US consumers with tons of vaporware and subpar products (only their very recent model being a possible exception). For all of its limitations, I think Mini-LED is probably the bridge technology to Micro LED--which looks to be VERY far off, despite initial enthusiasm a couple of years ago that products might be consumer ready by 2021/22. That seems very unlikely at this point.
Unfortunately, other than TCL, are any other manufacturers going the mini-LED route? Seems to be OLED will dominate premium sector for the forseeable future. As great as OLED is, the limitations and, in particular, burn-in risks make it too risky for me. I burned my plasma because of how much NFL Network and ESPN I watched (damn scrolling tickers at the bottom absolutely FRIED that panel). And just won't risk OLED burn-in at current prices. Maybe eventually prices will be low enough I won't feel awful about burn-in. But at $4-$5k for the 77", too much to risk it.
Not even sure why they would even use VA panels. If you have a 4K backlight layer and a 4K color layer, you have pixel level light control, so does it really matter if a VA panel has more native contrast? Wouldn't you get better viewing angles as a result of using an IPS panel, and the same 1mil:1 contrast? Or maybe use a VA as the backplane and IPS as the front color plane? I'm not an engineer obviously, but just curious why you'd use a VA panel, when they already have poor viewing angles, and you know stacking panels confounds that further?
I think Mini LED is a very promising tech. Just not that excited about the 1st iteration that only has ~900 zones. Down to a limitation in TCL's algos, so it would be awesome to see one of the big boys tackle this. I know that the Z9D didn't have 25k LEDs, but they did figure out a way to control each LED as its own zone, so perhaps they'd have an easier time scaling up what they've already done, than TCL has had with starting from scratch?
In any event, TCL says that they will eventually get to the 25k zone level, but that's a few years away, if ever.