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  1. Plenty of 950Gs in Australia. JB currently has the 65" version for $2400. Nice FALD set with a VA panel. You can't go wrong at this price. An excellent choice. All Samsung TVs use a VA (vertically aligned) panel. The Q75 has full array local dimming. I expect the 82" version will have about 100 zones.
  2. An excellent choice. All Samsung TVs use a VA (vertically aligned) panel. The Q75 has full array local dimming. I expect the 82" version will have about 100 zones.
  3. Just be a bit careful here. The magic words are full array local dimming (FALD). Some manufacturers such as HISENSE will try to bamboozle customers with terms such as "200 local dimming zones" but this refers to pseudo local dimming where an algorithm is used to create zones in an edge lit panel. I've probably confused you a bit more but if you are talking to a sales person just insist on seeing panels with full array local dimming. FALD tvs are usually distinguished by a thicker panel (and a higher price tag!) Follow Pete_macs advice above and you can't go wrong. Rule of thumb - avoid contrast poor IPS panels (LG) and go full array local dimming (FALD) if you can afford to. If you have to go edge lit due to budget constraints then the Samsung RU 8000 may be a good buy. Decent contrast and brightness despite the lack of local dimming. Happy hunting.
  4. Follow Pete_macs advice above and you can't go wrong. Rule of thumb - avoid contrast poor IPS panels (LG) and go full array local dimming (FALD) if you can afford to. If you have to go edge lit due to budget constraints then the Samsung RU 8000 may be a good buy. Decent contrast and brightness despite the lack of local dimming. Happy hunting.
  5. In 2017 and again in 2018, Samsung promised to upgrade the KS 8000 TV to HDR 10+; but it never happened. Its a shame because HDR 10+ on Prime Video titles, really pop on my Samsung Q8FN, whereas the same shows on the KS 8000 have no where near the same amount of immersion. The manufacturers want consumers to buy the latest models; they do this by de-optimising TVs purchased a couple of years prior through firmware upgrades that reduce black levels and by not providing the latest features such as HDR 10+. This has been going on for several years and...………….it really sucks.
  6. Just a further comment - the smaller sizes in the Sony 8500G will likely utilise an IPS panel. IPS panel technology is very good if a wide viewing angle is a priority due to seating arrangements. But this comes with a significant drop in contrast. I purchased an LG LCD TV with an IPS panel several years ago and it was hopeless in dark scenes, particularly with movies. If wide angle viewing is a priority then go with an IPS panel, however if this is not an issue, then avoid LG, Panasonic and lower end Sony LCD televisions. Samsung, Hisense, TCL and high end Sony and Panasonic LCD LEDs use VA panels which produce superior contrast with poor viewing angles. Swings and roundabouts but its VA panels for me every time.
  7. The step up is Full Array Local Dimming (FALD). Definitely worth it IMHO, especially for screen sizes above 65" when watching movies. FALD combined with the wider colour gamut and greater peak brightness of the higher end models will give HDR movies greater pop and is better for watching in a dark room. The Sony 9500G and the Samsung Q75R have a limited number of dimming zones but very good local dimming algorithms. If you are not so much of a movie buff and just watch general TV, sports etc then go with the edge lit 8500G or Q60R. Screen uniformity, contrast and brightness will still be pretty decent on these models. Happy hunting.
  8. Recommended retail prices on Sharp and Samsung 52" LCDs in 2006 were about $10k.
  9. I would be surprised if any of TCLs advanced tech. TVs come to Australia. As far as the company is concerned we are bracketed with the Asian region which pretty much limits the LCD range to the cheaper edge lit models. The TCL series 6 range with FALD has been available in the US for several years but is yet to be seen on our shores. Hisense appear to be adopting a similar approach with the "ball breaking" series 9 model (including a host of advanced features) just released in the US, but not coming to Australia any time soon.
  10. Purchasing an LCD/LED always involves a "panel lottery" in terms of quality control so its great that you have obtained a good panel. To be fair, most of the well known reviewers are paid up members of the "OLED fan boy club" so whenever a high end LCD comes along that makes an impact, they move very quickly to find fault with it. My Q8FN is not without some issues (minor DSE, screen uniformity etc) but I wouldn't be without it. Bloody brilliant colour, brightness, contrast, black levels and excellent local dimming system.
  11. Lower end LCD TVs have come along way in the past few years - even at larger sizes such as 75". I own a Samsung Q8FN which is a higher end model from 2018. I also own a Samsung MU7000 75" TV from 2017 and whilst the Q8FN is the overall better unit, mainly due to the full array local dimming, in some respects the MU7000 outperforms it. For example the MU7000 has brilliant screen uniformity and almost no dirty screen effect (DSE) whereas the Q8FN is less than optimal in these areas. I would recommend looking at the Samsung NU7000 75" model from 2018 if you can still find one; failing that, TCL is a good "bang for buck" option in the budget LCD/LED category. Even in these lower end, edge lit, models, you will get some impactful results from YouTube 4k videos and even some Netflix HDR movies. Regardless of whatever TV you choose, a sound bar is always a good option.
  12. Almost every review that I have read about the X950G has been critical of blooming and light bleed into the black bars during widescreen movies. If you are looking at a full array LED/LCD, the Samsung Q70R is a much safer (and cheaper) option than the X950G. It may not have the same HDR impact but you will get impressive contrast and decent screen uniformity at 75". I own last years Q8FN at 65" which is an outstanding TV. The Q70R has a similar number of local dimming zones but not as wide a colour gamut and slightly lower peak brightness which means that HDR is not as immersive, but in every other respect it is similar to the Q8FN.
  13. You are obviously happy with your purchase. The LG IPS panel will deliver a great viewing angle but not so good with black levels. If your previous unit was an LG then this may not be an issue. Enjoy the big screen
  14. Good call. FALD with a VA panel and I believe the the larger screen sizes of the X9500G come with the wide viewing angle technology. Some reviews have identified a blooming issue but interested in your impressions.
  15. the higher native contrast on the Q70R is due to the wide angle viewing filter on the Q8 & Q9 which as you point out is overcome on these two models by a higher number of local dimming zones. David Attenborough's Our Planet has spectacular 4K HDR, however in my view is best viewed in mute mode to avoid hysterical over exaggerated claims about the impact of climate change. Attenborough deliberately and consistently avoids focusing on the real cause of species decline, the abundance of plastic in our waterways, urban expansion and most of all, the erosion of funding for legitimate wildlife conservation measures, diverted to the world wide climate change industry.
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