Originally Posted by venus933
I have, twice.
It's a fluff piece - reading incorrectly from a press release, the author had no hands on experience with the television. If you want reviews based on actual testing of the JS7000 try these:
A 50" Review (European equivalent)
Please note: The 50" and 60" models have VA panels and the 55" model has an IPS panel.
No they don't. Samsung says it has "full array backlighting" with UHD Dimming which is another way of saying it's a back-lit television with frame dimming. If you're familiar with Samsung televisions then you should know their local dimming televisions have the Smart LED feature under Picture Options. Samsung has the manual for the JS7000 online, you'll see that it doesn't have that feature. At the bottom is an image of my television.
I own the darn television and I'm quite familiar with frame dimming, edge-lit local dimming and FALD and this television has frame dimming. It's essentially a JU6500 television with the WCG. Other than the stand and the bezel being comprised of higher quality material its physical design is identical to the 6 series.
At the risk of having my head bit off, I am very familiar with the Samsung product line and happen to own two of their televisions.
For those who aren't, the Smart LED option is described in the manual as follows:
Smart LED Controls the brightness of individual areas on the screen to maximize contrast automatically. This function is not available on certain models in specific geographical areas.
...so due to the generic nature of the manual as it applies to many models of Samsung's lineup, it would be difficult to determine what "functions" are included on the TV without getting some hands-on as you point out.
With that being said I have included a photo from my HU9000 that I can assure you is not a FALD and it has two options under that menu that your JS7000 doesn't -- the aforementioned Smart LED along with Cinema Black which is designed to "dim the top and bottom areas of the video image to provide a more immersive viewing experience".
Obviously the Cinema Black feature is missing on the flagship JS9500 by virtue of it being a true FALD so they don't need the feature. Otherwise it is my experience that Smart LED and Cinema Black may be excluded on some entry level siblings such as my HU7000 which has neither.
I think I hear where you're coming from. Why would the flagship JS9500 be a true FALD and then you have to drop all the way down to the JS7000 in their 2015 lineup to find another?
Doing a comparison of a few of the various 2015 models (see the second thumbnail), it is perplexing how the JS9500 has what Samsung refers to as Multi-zone Full Array Backlighting
while your JS7000 has what they refer to as Full Array Backlighting
and the other two selections indicate Edge Backlighting
Further to that, without having to delve into the specification sheet, the Samsung mentions the full array aspects of the JS9500 in the glossy colored advertising materials on their website but not even a whisper about the JS7000.
And just to add insult to injury, the specifications don't include the bit depth of either panel. Hey, at least we have Samsung on video for the HU9000.
Confusion reigns supreme!!!