Originally Posted by uaiandre
I don't even know if I can ask this here (sorry if I can't), but I'm really curious: is the lack of FALD something as terrible as reviewers speak of?
My TV is 9 years old and for the price point I'm looking into everyone seems to recommend me the Sony 900F. However, for many reasons I'm trying to avoid Android TV at all costs.
I like the Q7FN design, I love the remote, Tizen seems to be getting better and the one connect is amazing.
But would I really be losing that much on picture quality over the competition just because it doesn't have FALD?
Going from a nine year old set to the q7FN would be like someone with a horse and buggy trading up to a Mustang Cobra. I just went from a two year old high end quantum dot TV (js8500) and it was night and day in every category- color gamut, brightness, black levels...
The FALD has ONE advantage going for it and a number of disadvantages.. The advantage is lower black levels under VERY specific conditions.. those conditions being where part of the picture is very dark but not all of the picture is very dark.. For example.. a dark scene in batman where the screen is all shades of grey is going to look the same on a FALD as it is on edge lit.. That is where an Oled is going to be the winner when viewed in a dark room.. For a scene like a star destroyer in jet black outer space, the q9 FALD is going to look better especially viewed in a dark room vs the edge lit..
But FALD has an inherent disadvanatge and that is poor(er) uniformity then a good edge lit (like the q7. Some people are more sensitive to non-uniformity (dirty screen effect) then others.. I am very sensitive to it so is a reason I steered clear of the Q9fn..
You have to know though, that a picture is comprised of Multiple characteristics...
Contrast Ratio (native) and localized..
Black Level performance and absolute black levels..
Black Level of the screen from reflections..
Color gamut and volume..
Full screen and local peak and sustained brightness..
ABL- (auto brightness limiting)
The Q series does some things better then anyone else. the screen is antiflective but also dosen't allow reflections to cross contaminate the apparent black levels.. this means "blacks" appear much inkier then on other TVs.. The Q7FN can actually have Darker looking blacks in a lit room then even an Oled.. (seems counterintuitive ) but becasue samsung's new screen it makes the screen itself look coal black..
To answer your question.. is FALD worth it? depends.. For me, when watching star wars at night during a space scene I would rather be watching the Q9FN or Oled... but for everything else the q7 edge litis as good or better.. THe edge lit has come a LONG way..