Originally Posted by VA_DaveB
Right off the top, since you don't need an IPS panel for a wider viewing angle, eliminate the LG 86SJ9570.
Next, the LeEco uMax85 has the best specs by far, FALD with 448 zones and 3D, but reviews have noted some issues with image processing, specifically upscaling cable TV, and there are issue calibrating it. Plus HDR peak brightness is bit mediocre and there is rumored to be a new model coming out with a quantum dot panel. So its hard to go for without some reservations. I'd only spend the cash on this one after seeing it in person and getting an extended warranty just in case. Plus I don't see it for sale anywhere except directly from LeEco for $5,500.
I haven't seen the Sony XBR85X850D, which is a 2016 model with a VA panel, there aren't any 85" Sonys for 2017. Reviews of the 850D are typically of the smaller IPS panel sets, so not really relevant. I would expect it to be similar to the 2017 Sony 850E series which are also a VA panel sets but with upgraded electronics. Both are edge-lit VA panel sets without local dimming. Neither is very bright but both are pretty good at everything, just not exceptional. I've heard you can pick up the 850D for a good price right now, but I only see it listed at a little under $5,000.
The Samsung UM82MU8000 is also an edge-lit VA panel with mediocre local dimming. It is brighter than the Sonys, but not really any better overall. It is a bargain at $3,800 though so it might be worth a try.
Dave, I don't want to hijack the other gentleman's request for information but I'm also looking at something in the 80 plus range but might have to stay at 75. I'm pretty sure what your going to say but what about the Vizio E80-E3, seems like a steal for $2,600 from Costco and I get the extra warranty with the Costco credit card. I just convinced my sister to get a Vizio P65 and she likes it and I was settling into getting either a P75 or Sony 75X900E but really want to get bigger. Also, what about the UN82MU800D from Costco, is this the same as the MU8000 just a special model number for Costco?
My situation is a living room TV with sliding glass doors off to the right and 2 windows behind the seating area off to the sides, blinds are kept closed most of the time but can still be bright. Mostly used during the day and at night for TV, also streaming will be done, no Blu-ray player or xbox or anything. Will upgrade to whatever 4K version FireTV and or RokuTV would be best as my old ones are 1080p model since our current TV is a Vizio e650i-a2. For reference neither my wife or I are that picky and nobody I know has a super high end TV, my sister probably has the best with the P65, I've only seen it while I was helping unbox and set it up, honestly wasn't super impressed but I need to get over to the thread about calibrating it and see if I can help it as she doesn't want to pay for a professional calibration. My dad recently got a Samsung UN75MU630DFXZA from Costco and honestly I and my family liked it, it's in a living room with probably a 20ft high wall of windows next to and slightly behind it.
Thanks for any help.
Edit to add, no real off angle viewing, maybe if we have a big party or something but I'm not worried about it.