Cross posting my review that I just wrote on SlickDeals. This is for the 65h8c
I'm going to post a video/YouTube review of this tomorrow but here's a few quick thoughts now that I've had half a day to play with it:
For the money, at this size, nothing comes close to this TV. No, it's not going to run with a KS8000, a 930D, or even the LG 8500. But it's closer to those in quality than they are in price. I'll just say that. And I'd take this over a Vizio E all day long, probably a Vizio M as well (which is a TV I actually like a lot).
Blacks, colors, and contrast are good. I lucked out and got a panel with very little black uniformity issues (so they do exist with these). There's some there, but nothing like the Sharp 70UQ I have elsewhere in the house. I've got a tiny bit of flashlighting, but nothing major.
Youtube plays in 1080p native for me. Still looks good. Looks wonderful from my Nvidia Shield at 4K.
This TV is bright, and has excellent viewing angles. I'd be shocked if this wasn't 70ish nits brighter than the Vizio M series. Rtings will probably sort that out eventually. And that means it'll do HDR more justice, though probably still not bright enough to take full advantage.
Colors seem to be this TV's strong suit, but out of the box they're hammered. Way over saturated.
If you want to see where this TV falls short, go find the Sony Contrast Demo on YouTube. It can't perform on that demo the way the 930/940D can in the store. And it'll show you were the worst of your black uniformity issues are. If you can make it through this demo and come out the other side OK with this TV, then you'll be completely happy - because this is almost a torture test for LEDs, shining a light on them in the most unflattering way possible.
Also, while 4K content does look really good on this TV, it's not the show stopping level of detail you find on a top level LED. Something about this set just feels a touch soft. It's not bad, the picture is actually excellent. But not /quite/ the level I've seen in more expensive sets.
All in all, this is a budget hero for people who know something about TVs and wouldn't be happy with the lower tier options, but want a lower tier price. The best way I can describe this set is that it's an excellent 80/20 solution, where if you need that last 20 you're going to pay for it.
I purchased this TV for a living room in an open floorplan so I could see it from bad angles while cooking. I didn't buy it for my media room - that purchase is still pending. I had no expectations of this TV being good enough to fulfill a theater room level of expectation. But honestly, one could do a lot worse than one of these in their main movie watching theater/media room (if only a bit larger). Especially at this price.
I was considering a Vizio M and a Vizio P for that application. As well as a Sony 850D. I really don't have the money for 940D territory, though that is a clearly superior set. I'd imagine this TV falls somewhere between the M and the P. And if their forthcoming 75" 9D series is sub 2 grand street price (which I think it will be), I'll pick one up. If they make a 75" in this series, I'd strongly consider it, because nothing is going to touch it for the money.