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I'd be curious to see if limiting the LCD TV's output to OLED peak luminance levels (i.e. under 1000 nits) would produce an image that subjectively looks better. I've found that to be the case in the past and kinda feel that dual HDR presets/calibrations (Day and Night) are justified.
In a dark room, the issues that typically come up are in the shadows. By reducing peak luminance to about half of what the Z9D or Q9F are capable of, you keep the LED backlight from going full-blast when it has to deal with a bright object over a dark background. Taking this approach, you can reduce some of the artifacts—like halos and blooming—that are undeniably distractions when watching HDR on an LCD in a dark room.
Another comment I have about the shootout is I wish the TVs were mounted up higher. The tables they rest upon are fine if you are sitting, but to properly evaluate the TVs you have to stand up and walk around. And when you are standing, you are looking down at the TVs. You have to squat or kneel to get a proper look at each TV. For OLEDs, not such a big deal because the technology is very good when it comes to off-axis performance. But, LCDs lose contrast and saturation when you are looking down at the screen. Anyhow, that's just a logistical issue with the space and not anything the show organizers have control over. The available tables are what they are. But, I discussed it with Kevin and Joel and they did agree it would be ideal to have the TV's up higher for the sake of making a proper comparison.
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