Pros Best quailty picture we have ever seen
Superior contrast and black level
Auto-dimming works very well
Cons Not inexpensive
Summary Yes, the Samsung is very expensive, but the picture quality is just hands down gorgeous- the best I've ever seen on a screen bigger than 70" by far. It looks to be very, very close the Sharp Elite 70", which is the highest rated big screen TV on the market today.
I took my "Thor" 3D blu-ray with me (it has a lot of dark scenes that torture 3D TV presentation) and "The Dark Knight" (a lot of high-contrast scenes) to run the floor models through their paces and here's what I came up with...
The Samsung's contrast and black level detail was far superior to anyone else with bright color and outstanding picture quality. 3D was a revelation- I have never seen a TV able to present such resolution and detail in 3D mode on a super-large screen before. The "micro-dimming" works spectacularly in producing a vivid, high-contrast picture that outshines everything else in it's size. The more I analyzed and compared, the more the Samsung UN75ES9000 stood out from the rest. I could only find one fault (well, besides that scary price!)- a momentary, slight pixilation occurring occasionally in some parts of a few moving images- which could be a result of having some motion enhancement turned off or on within the set ( I didn't have the staff at the stores do anything else other than turn off the mode on the TV's that cause the "soap-opera effect"- a plague on all 120/240 Hz LED's that luckily can be shut off). But if you want the best picture that money can buy right now for under $10K, this amazing 75" TV fulfills all those wishes.
In comparison, the Sharp Aquos 80" LED is a nice entry- the picture is clean, with good blacks, nice color and decent contrast- not as brilliant and defined as the Samsung, but still a solid set. I did find the Sharp to have some ghosting occasionally when viewing in 3D, not terrible, but still noticeable when it appears. The clarity in those tough, dark scenes was slightly muted, especially after seeing the Samsung, but it's still pretty decent. When you add in Sharp reliability, a 5" larger screen and a price at almost half the Samsung it then becomes a tough decision to make.
A cheaper, but good option for those on a budget are the Mitsubishi DLP sets. I've owned several and never had a problem with any. If your main watch mode is broadcast TV and "normal" movies you probably can't go wrong. DLP's suffer a bit with blooming in dark scenes and the darkest scenes in 3D viewing can become almost totally washed out, but for everyday watching they're quite satisfactory and less than half the price of a comparably sized LED set.
Well, that's just my opinion based on several days spent at two stores, going back and forth having salespeople play my movies between one set and another and watching from 12-15 feet away (except I got right up to 5 feet from the Samsung and it still looked spectacular!)- do your own research! I'm still on the fence for the moment- reliability issues mentioned here and there on the internet with past Samsung TV's that make me hesitant to pull the trigger for $9K, when I can get a solid upgrade from my old Mitsubishi to a darn nice 80" Sharp for almost half that. To be sure, those fears may be somewhat unfounded, because the latest Consumer Reports rates the two the same in reliability- and that's based on reports from thousands of consumers, not just the small sampling that post online.
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