Never, ever wanted a curved TV, but forced myself to buy one because I wanted an OLED. I started with the 9800 and now own the 9300, and also just owned a 65JS9500 for almost a month. All these are CURVED TVs. What a load of ****. The curve is a gimmick, it adds nothing to the viewing experience, it distorts the picture, makes reflections look weird, etc, etc.
So then why do I like it so much now after a few years? has my brain been reprogrammed?
Flat looks strange to me now. It's as if the center of the screen is pushing out, the sides seem to narrow and the center is bowing out. The image looks much flatter, and it's harder to focus on the image.
I remember reading that Samsung said the curve makes even 2D images more 3D, but I thought it was a load of crap, but now I think I would agree. Jumping from my OLED to my flat Samsung or Panasonic, makes the image seem more flat, while on the OLED or JS9500 there was an extra sense of depth, almost like 3D without glasses. I found this effect more pronounced on the Samsung, but that might be because it's more curved and has an auto depth enhancer feature.
Anyone else find an extra sense of depth on a curved TV?
I do sit in the "sweet" spot and my average viewing distance is about 6 feet away from the JS9500 and 5.5 from the 55" OLED, dead center.
So, does anyone else agree that they actually like the curve? It took me a while to get used to it, but now it feels natural and the added sense of depth is really awesome.
To all those who say the curve is a "deal breaker", have you spent any length of time watching a curved set? I was making fun of the curve as well when I first saw it, but it's crazy how things can change when you ACTUALLY experience something at home.
As an example, I was disappointed that the new HDR LG OLEDs are flat only, and was relieved to hear that the Panny OLED was curved. WTF