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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. As a humble lower end of town guy, I am actually looking forward to seeing Panasonics 2019 LCD/LEDs. I understand they have ditched the crappy IPS displays for VA panels. Much improved contrast and a decent processor should result in a better product all round at a reasonable price, along with the Panasonic brand name.
  4. TCL continue to disappoint with their Australian televisions. Unfortunately we get lumped with their cheap low tech Asian models. The Series 6 manufactured for the US market is a cracker full array local dimming unit with a brilliant immersive picture at about half the price of equivalent Samsung models. Damn pity its not available in Australia. That being said, for the budget conscious Australian customer, the higher end TCLs on sale here are a decent TV - nice and bright with reasonable contrast, colour and plenty of other features.
  5. My last 7 TVs have been Samsung. They have their critics (mostly from the OLED fanboy club) but are generally reliable and long lasting. Good luck with the "Frame". Not sure where the technology sits on these models in 2019; past versions have been edge lit LEDs. Like most of Samsungs mid range models they will do a decent job but could benefit from full array local dimming like the QLEDS.
  6. Rule of thumb - avoid non brand name TVs. Good quality budget sets are available from TCL, Hisense and Soniq. Stick to one of these purchased from major retailers that have a decent returns policy such as JB Hifi.
  7. Despite the fact that Samsung has cheapened up their TVs in 2019 with poorer build quality and less features in the high end models, reviews of the Q70R are mostly good. Apparently HDR performance doesn't pop the way it should and peak brightness in SDR is only mediocre but on the plus side, this years Q7 has full array local dimming, excellent native contrast, good screen uniformity and minimal blooming. I suspect that it will satisfy most buyers movie, general TV and sports needs.
  8. Good call - would stay away from IPS based panels though, unless you need wide viewing angles.
  9. Good to hear from you again Owen. Is your 70" LCD still going?
  10. How about a petition demanding better picture quality than the bandwidth starved crap that Foxtel serve up.
  11. PQ on the Foxtel now box (at 720p) was so bad in the dark scenes I switched to Netflix
  12. Has anybody heard when KAYO is going to be available on Samsung TVs. Earlier in the year, Samsung made a big song and dance about a software upgrade sometime in April but so far no sign of it?
  13. The FTA terrestrial channels are heavily compressed due to lack of bandwidth. In Rockhampton 7HD transmits in MPEG 2 @ 1080 x 1440 and is still plagued by macro blocking, pixellation and other compression artefacts. The AFL is broadcast on 7 mate (MPEG 2 SD) and the PQ is appalling. Its KAYO for me.
  14. Watching on a Foxtel Now streaming box and the picture is woeful. I suspect the shitty PQ is more than just the 720p resolution. Dark scenes on my FALD TV were terrible.
  15. Then go IPS LED or fork out some more bucks for an OLED.
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