I don't NEED a new set, but I want one.
Am only considering 4K sets.
My primary mancave set is a Mitsubishi DLP (WD-73C9) from 2010. My living room set (which I rarely ever use) is a Sony KDS-R70XBR2 from 2006.
The new set would be replacing the Mits.
1. Budget. Ideally under $3K, but can push to $4K depending on financing/retailer (Best Buy has 24 months 0% and Sony has 36 months 0%, and I have accounts with both).
2. Seating distance. 10-12 feet, about 15 degrees off axis.
3. Size/placement limitations. None. Bigger is better, as I'm used to 70" now.
4. Uses and sources. Currently 90% DirecTV HD, 10% Blu-Ray. Obviously if I get a 4K set, I would add Netflix for 4K streaming and would look to buy 4K Blu-Ray next year.
5. Room lighting. Dim, but not dark. I'm usually working at my computer while watching content, and the only lighting is by my computer.
I spent some time at Worst Buy yesterday afternoon looking at 4K screens for the first time.
A few observations in random order:
The most wow-inducing sets were those that were way out of my price range, a 78" Sony and a huge curved Samsung, both in the >$6K range.
Down in my price range there were not that many that appealed to me, although much of that may be source- or setting-related. While the Samsung curvature works on their ginormous model, I'm less sold on a 55" or 65". Didn't really care for the effect.
LG: Not impressed.
No Vizio P on the floor (which is a good thing, since someone would have had to clean it up
Models I am considering at this point:
$2,499. Best bang for the buck in terms of screen size. 10-bit color panel and 72 dimming zones. Unproven as they are just now appearing in the wild. Not in the store yet, so was unable to view. Am considering strictly based on price and specs. I'm a bit "stuck" mentally when it comes to the brand as (1) I've never owned any of their products, and (2) I'm still influenced by their initial reputation as an second-tier brand with respect to quality. Talk me into or out of it...
$2,999. Liked what I saw, has good specs. I've had Sony equipment since forever which I have had excellent luck with.
$3,799. This would be stretching the budget quite a bit, but I really liked what I saw with this one.
I'm hoping they get the Vizio P on the floor soon, as I'd like to compare the 3 in the same environment before making a decision.
How would you consider/compare the 3 units above, and do you have any alternate suggestions?
Thanks in advance.