AT A GLANCE
Bright, crosstalk-free 3D
Uniform picture at off-axis seats
Upgradeable One Connect box
Geometric distortion due to curved panel
Slight tinting from anti-reflective screen coating
While the curved screen prevents it from being our dream OLED, the exceptional performance of Samsung’s set points the way toward TV’s future.
Nothing elevates the pulse of an A/V enthusiast more readily than the prospect of new video display tech. I may be showing my age here, but I remember when the first plasma TVs made the rounds for review. Looked at next to today’s models, those sets were bulky (4 or more inches deep) and had poor contrast compared with the tube TVs they replaced. Many were plagued by banding artifacts that made pictures look like a paint-by-number kit.