the last week or two has been a bit nerve-wracking, since picking out a new tv is never easy — at least for me, since i always find myself reading through dozens of reviews, cross-checking different sources, and physically going to several stores to put an eyeball and different sets… i’m still fucking bitter about that burn-in on my otherwise awesome Panasonic 65VT60… but Best Buy gave me a store credit, so i had to turn around and pick something to replace it with… ended up going with a Sony XBR65X850B
it certainly felt a little more complicated this time around, since it wasn’t just looking at getting the best PQ on a 1080p set that i could afford… now there are also the new 4K sets, along with a crapload of 1080p sets to choose from — Best Buy sure is pushing hard on the new 4K sets from Samsung and Sony, with big displays that you just can’t miss if you walk into one of their stores and head towards the tvs… was really tempted by the new curved 4k samsung’s, but in the end i opted to go with the sony — the sammy’s had what looked like better blacks, but i really liked the colors on the sony’s… i was torn between the two, until one evening i stumbled across a write-up that had a section about gamers, and that ended up being the kicker for me… the sony had half the input lag as the equivalent samsung, and that sealed it for me.
not sure why the new samsungs are pushing 100+ ms input lag (30ms on the sony), since that seems a bit high, especially for brand new 2014 sets… but they are.
do i like the Sony more than my Panasonic VT60? hell no… the blacks just aren’t there, the edge lighting makes the right/left sides of the screen a bit “lighter” than the middle of the screen so it’s not nearly as uniform, after all these years they still haven’t quite figured out how to get rid of the “judder” on fast motion scenes in movies/sports, and there’s this particular “crispness” to LCDs that i’m still trying like hell to get used to.
can’t believe they’re not making plasmas anymore… seriously, it fucking blows.
the 4K upscaling of blu-ray 1080p movies seems to work okay, but it’s not mind blowing… even so, i have to admit that it’s still pretty damn nice… watched ‘Avatar’ last night and it was like pure eyecandy color porn, mang.
oh, and they had a deal going on at BB with sony, so i managed to get the new Sony 65″ 4K tv, two year extended warranty, and a PS4 (with 4 free games) for the price of my panasonic plasma.
not too shabby.
p.s. never bought a sony tv before.