ChicagoKid on Amazon
5 years ago
11/21/2016, 03:33 AM
Good high end TV without breaking the bank
Purchased this TV three weeks ago and have been deciding if I should switch it out for another. But each time I review the competition, at Frys, I always fall back with this TV. The next best thing, in my opinion, is an OLED LG but that also comes with a huge price hike. At this time I am not willing to spend an extra $2k for deeper blacks on OLED. Overall this is a GREAT TV. The colors are amazing and accurate, gets really bright, and more importantly the blacks are actually really good for a LED edge lit TV (best that I have seen). This TV uses technology called slim back drive, or something like that, that essentially means there are two rows of LED bulbs running the length of the edge of the TV. Conventional edge lit TVs, such as the 850D, use one row and typically is the cause to what is known in the market as "Light Bleed" (the white haloing around bright content on the screen). Having two rows of LEDs allows the display to better manage this issue. Now that does not mean it is entirely absent. At times you can see slight light bleed but it is much better than most other TVs. It is important to note that when you are viewing higher grade content, such as 4k/UHD content, it really lowers the light bleed effect and in most of my experience is not existent. It really does a good job at this. Android TV is also good. Simple to use and lots of apps in the google market to pick from. If you are looking at getting a high end TV from a name brand manufacturer then I would recommend this.
CONSIDERATION: The only thing that keeps me wondering is that this TV does not support "Dolby Vision". UHD, currently, comes in two formats. They are HDR10 and Dolby Vision. Dolby Vision actually has much higher bench marks. That is it has the ability to reach higher grades of picture quality. The only manufacturers that currently utilize Dolby Vision are Vizio, LG, and TCL. The rest all utilize HDR10. This is because Dolby Vision is actually owned by Dolby. Which means manufacturers have to pay Dolby for the Dolby Vision chips that go into the TV. It also means that Dolby puts restrictions on the amount of tweaking that manufacturers can do to the format (for consistency purposes). HDR10 on the other hand is, for a lack of better terms, open source. Manufacturers can utilize the format and tweak its requirements to their liking. Now this does not mean that HDR10 is bad. HDR10 still gives AMAZING UHD picture quality. Almost all of the reviews I have read/watched state that it is extremely hard to tel the different when put side by side. I would say that Dolby Vision is more so "Future Proof" but that is if it gets more widely adopted. Currently HDR10 is far leading adoption.
CONSIDERATION: If you are a devoted gamer then this TV might not be the right choice for you. Specifically due to the input lag. It is not going to ruin the experience but other TVs have lower input lag. Other then the input lag the display does an amazing job at rendering gaming content (picture quality/colors).