I am lost and have read so many internet articles and visited so many brick and mortar stores in my area that they all know me now and I still am unsure. Before I get into my dilemma here are the specifics that you requested:
<$4,000 ($2,000 - $4,000)
2. Seating distance:
7 - 9 feet
3. Size/placement limitations:
none, flat wall for mounting panel, prefer a 65"
4. Uses and sources:
Blu-Ray, Fios HD CableTV, streaming movies, very minimal gaming, HTPC, HDHomeRun DVR
5. Room lighting:
Daytime: large sliding glass door but have adjustable blinds; Night: it is dark in the room
6. Viewing angle:
Wider then normal for a typical LCD since kitchen can view TV from a distance at an angle
We had Panasonic 50" G25 Plasma TV (loved it but decided to send it to our family who needed a TV and buy a new one, poor decision now that I can't find a TV with a good image, but can't take the TV back it is in another country now). We purchased the 2015 Sony 65X930C after 3 months of shopping, reading and waiting for the 900C but gave up and bought the 930C. After two weeks of adjusting every adjustment on the TV to improve image quality I called Verizon Fios and had one of their DVR cable boxes delivered just to eliminate that the problem was the TV and not my HTPC. After the new DVR was installed, the image quality was just as poor and the motion blur and pixeling was terrible, especially when one considers the retail cost of the TV. We boxed it up and returned the TV that same night! (After spending 1-1/2 hours on the telephone with Sony to realize they have no interest in assisting in resolving the problem and told me it was a Verizon problem, ya right after having the Verizon technician verify the connections and having had a plasma connected to the same source!)
I am interested in a 4K screen but if the upscaling is going to give me poor resolution (like the Sony, a 720p source typically looked horrible) then I will stay with a 1080p. It seems to purchase the TV with the better features this year you have to buy a 4K TV.
I am considering the following screens:
- Samsung JS8500
- Samsung JS9000 (preference at present)
- LG OLED 55" 1080p
- Panasonic CX850U
The Samsung JS8500 and the JS9000 seem similar except screen shape, a quad core versus an 8 core processor, and the one connect box. The LG OLED 55" 1080p (can't afford the 65" 4K) I liked the color rendition and how it seemed like a plasma, but never have seen how it renders live TV (am concerned about motion blur). I was impressed with a couple of articles recommending the new flagship 4K TV from Panasonic CX-850U but without much support in the USA I guess that is not an option.
I read your reference articles before posting this and also reviewed rtings.com recommendations and would appreciate any assistance or recommendations you may have. My wife is anxious to have a TV again, we haven't had one for about 4 months now. I really don't want to purchase another TV and then go through the hassle of returning it due to poor image quality. (I can put up with poorer quality images if the TV is less expensive - but when you put that much money into a TV it better give a reliable image. I am really disappointed in the very poor customer service that Sony had and the overall lack of interest and preference to shift the blame, but it seems like Samsung and LG are similar also.