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  1. Some good deals on the 65" Sony X90F at the moment (below the $3k mark). Ticks most of the boxes, ie full array local dimming, VA panel with good HDR.
  2. I love my 2017 Samsung 75" MU 7000. Screen uniformity, black levels, colour and all round picture quality are very good for such a large set. In a couple of areas it outperforms even my 65Q8FN (full array backlit with local dimming). I am hearing similar about its successor, the 2018 NU 8000. Suggest you read some of the reviews; generally, if the OLED fan boy club give an edge lit LCD like the NU8000 a pass, you can rest assured that it will do a good job. The Q7FN mentioned above is another you may like to consider (once the prices drop around Boxing day). My best mate in Adelaide has purchased on of these and raves about the brightness, contrast and colour accuracy. Downside of edge lit VA TVs is less than optimal viewing angle and average dark scene performance.
  3. All LG LCD TVs are lemons because of IPS panels. No amount of spin and hyperbole can overcome poor contrast, sub par blacks and just about the worst dark room performance in town.
  4. Pretty simple really. LG have nearly all their R&D eggs in the OLED basket. They continue to produce LCD/LEDs because this technology still represents 70% of their sales. In doing so, they long ago abandoned any development of their LCD technology, and are able cut costs by year in, year out, putting out very ordinary edge lit IPS panels; the only redeeming feature of which, is the wide viewing angle and perhaps the smart hub OS.
  5. pc9

    65 inch 4K Which One

    Actually modern edge lit LED/LCDs work quite well, despite poor local dimming. Recently purchased Samsung 65" Q8 FN (full array backlit) and about the only advantage over my 2017 Samsung 75" MU 7000 (edge lit) is slightly better shadow detail in dark scenes (which comes from the local dimming). In fact, the MU 7000 has better screen uniformity, almost no dirty screen effect (which is present in the Q8FN) and manages to produce reasonably good highlight detail in HDR. I believe that Sony X85F will do a similar job, although I've heard the step down 75X is not so good. The Samsung 2018 65" NU 8000 is also a decent edge lit, TV which you can pick up for about $3000 or a little under.
  6. pc9

    65 inch 4K Which One

    The Panasonic 2016 DX 900 was a brilliant TV; full array, wonderful local dimming, fantastic processor with beautiful HDR colour reproduction. They were overpriced to start with and therefore never had big sales numbers. Our local JBs had a DX 900 until a very short while ago, marked down to $1999; nearly snaffled it but opted for the Samsung Q8FN at twice the price. Panasonic have 'dropped the ball' in terms of their 2018 LED/LCD models - all of them used edge lit IPS panels, just like LG. Horrible contrast, poor blacks and limited brightness. I suspect that they may also be going down the LG path; ie continue production of LCD panels because that's where the bulk of the sales come from, whilst ramping up OLED promotion in the hope that consumers will switch to the newer technology. I'm not a fan of TV reviewers as most of them are compromised by ties to the big 4, however I have yet to read a positive review on any 2018 Panasonic or LG LCD/LED TV. IMHO rule of thumb is; if you can't afford a full array LCD, get an edge lit with a VA panel, ie Samsung, Hisense, TCL et al.
  7. pc9

    65 inch 4K Which One

    Agree with Tweaky above. You wont get a 65" full array backlit 100htz HDR 4K TV in Australia for under $2k. The nearest will be the Sony 65" X900F at around $3400 (you may be able to get a deal which brings it closer to $3000). For $2K or close you will pick up a TCL or Hisense edge lit 65" with a decent VA panel for contrast and brightness, pseudo local dimming and some HDR capabilities. The nearest suitable edge lit Samsung is the NU8000 but will cost closer to $3000. Its a damn shame that the TCL 6 series which has full array and a damn good picture quality is not available in Australia. Its been a huge seller in the US so hopefully TCL will see the light and make this unit available in Os next year.
  8. Mid range or entry level Panasonic LCD televisions generally use edge lit IPS panels which do a reasonable job only in controlling shadow details in dark scenes. Samsung's mid range edge lit VA panels or Sony's very competitive 900 F series (with full array local dimming) provide better contrast and local dimming.
  9. pc9

    Special Bargain TVs

    Appreciate some feedback on PQ, features, etc once you get set up. Have been buying over priced edge lit Samsung TVs for some time now and am put off by the cost of their higher end FALD sets. Thanks
  10. pc9

    Special Bargain TVs

    Excellent buy. Full array local dimming with VA panel and very accurate picture at 75". Can't go wrong.
  11. the Sony X900F would appear to hit the 'sweet spot' for those requiring a decent LCD FALD TV at a reasonable price - saw a 65" version in JBs the other day for about $2900. As a long time Samsung customer, it pains to see the overpricing in the QLED range - $4300 for a 65" (edge lit) Q7 is absurd and the FALD Q8 & Q9 are way overpriced IMHO. The NU8000 is a better option for the budget buyer; decent screen uniformity and colour gamit despite the edge lighting. Pity the TCL 6 series is not available in Australia; full array local dimming for the 65" version in the US for under a grand which equates to about $1800 in AU.
  12. Would be reading a few reviews on this prior to purchase - full array local dimming fails to overcome contrast/black level shortcomings of IPS panel. Another LED 'flop' from LG.
  13. LG are a 'name brand' and you should get reasonable quality control and technical support with your new TV, however LG have thrown the towel in regarding production of LCD/LED televisions. They are still chugging out inferior edge lit IPS panels when the competition is producing more vibrant units with deeper blacks and contrast for, in some cases, a lower price. LGs main game these days is OLEDs so nearly all of their production investment is being channelled into this type of panel at the cost of any decent LCD products.
  14. LG use an IPS type panel with poor contrast and dark scene performance. Even the new top of the range LG LED with full array local dimming does not hide IPS panel shortcomings. You would be much better off with a Hisense or TCL at a pinch.
  15. If you are watching mainly FTA terrestrial television, I would suggest have a look at the Samsung NU 8000. Its an edge lit LCD TV with a VA panel (as is the Hisense) but the Sammy should do a slightly better job processing poor quality (compressed) standard definition FTA. If you do take up a streaming video service such as Netflix or Stan at a later stage, you will be surprised at the vibrancy and detail of 4K material with both the Samsung and Hisense. I experimented with an LG LCD TV some years ago and was bitterly disappointed with the poor contrast performance particularly in dark scenes, due the IPS panel used by LG.