I'm in the market for a new TV to replace my fantastic Samsung LN40A650A that's about eight years old and starting to have some issues. The picture on that thing is really good. Here are my requirements:
Seating distance: 8-10 ft
Size: 48-50 inch (no more than 44.5" width or so)
Sources: DVD, Blu-Ray, Comcast X1 box at 1080p output, Netflix streaming
Room: fairly bright during the day
I bought a Sony W580B from Walmart a week ago and wasn't all that thrilled with it, but that's mostly because the panel was obviously faulty. It had dark splotchy areas in the center and two rows of bright circles along the bottom. Just not a very good picture. I decided that I wanted to get the Samsung 6400 series instead, but while I was at Best Buy to check one out I saw the Samsung 50" 4K 6950. I went ahead and got that and I'm not overly thrilled with it. It looks really good sometimes, but the contrast isn't very good and the color is lacking. It's almost as if it doesn't support all the colors that the source is sending it. Kind of funky and annoying. It also has some issues with lip sync. I need to return it anyway because of a speaker issue. The right speaker sounds like it's about to rattle out of it's shell when it's playing low tones. Kind of annoying.
So, now I don't know what to do. Should I consider the Sony W850B? Or the Samsung 6400? Should I stick with 4K and get the 49" Sony X850B?
Picture quality is my primary concern. If a 1080p set has better contrast and colors than those 4K sets then that's what I want. I definitely don't need 4K now just because the TVs are available. I want the best picture I can find under $1,500. I'd prefer closer to $1,000 but I'm wondering if that's realistic.
Last edited by Neiby; 12-15-2014 at 08:14 PM.