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jyeh74's Avatar jyeh74
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Is there a difference?

The 950 is newer but specs seem identical
For some reason, the 950 is cheaper than the 929 here

950
http://www.buysquad.com/product.aspx?pf_id=XBR65HX950

929
http://www.buysquad.com/product.aspx?pf_id=XBR65HX929
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You wil find folks who own(ed) them both in the HX950 Owner thread
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1430346/sony-xbr-hx950-owners-thread-xbr-55hx9-50-and-xbr-65hx95-0/1830


CNET made a HX929/HX950 comparison several times in the HX950 review:
.black levels appeared basically identical.
.in the blooming area they looked basically the same.
.shadow detail was a bit worse than HX929 (which may be more due to a slight difference in calibration than anything else).
.HX950 color accuracy did look a touch more accurate in most scenes.
.3D performance identical in pretty much every way.
http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/sony-xbr-55hx950/4505-6482_7-35431205-2.html

also both 65'' LCd's have 128 dimming zones ( both 55'' have 105 dimming zones).
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no idea what this means

also both 65'' LCd's have 128 dimming zones ( both 55'' have 105 dimming zones).
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So why would the HX950 be CHEAPER than the HX929? HX929 is last year's model.
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no idea what this means
also both 65'' LCd's have 128 dimming zones ( both 55'' have 105 dimming zones).

Both sets feature full aray LED backlighting, which is different than (and superior to) the edge-lit systems in most TVs out there. In that size, there are 128 separate "arrays" of LEDs located behind the panel, each independently dimmable by the set. They are highlighting the number of arrays from one set to another to corroborate the idea that the differences are minimal from last years top model to this years.
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So why would the HX950 be CHEAPER than the HX929? HX929 is last year's model.

There's this weird trend/effect in the TV industry that a number of these high-end models after they've been reduced in advance of the next generation (in this case the 950s) then climb up in price and linger around for sometimes years at a time as limited inventory slowly dwindles away. It is a strange phenomenon, for sure. No reason for you to feel you will be missing out on anything though with the HX950.
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no idea what this means

also both 65'' LCd's have 128 dimming zones ( both 55'' have 105 dimming zones).

this thread-> XBR-65HX929 vs. XBR-65HX950

65HX929 has 128 dimming zones
65HX950 has 128 dimming zones

55HX929 has 105 dimming zones
55HX950 has 105 dimming zones

CNET review + same number of dimming zones shows that there is virtually no difference between HX929 and HX950

the HX950 comes in two sizes 55'' and 65''
the HX929 comes in three size 46'', 55'' and 65''

Unofficial local dimming list and benefits?
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1245172/unofficial-local-dimming-list-and-benefits
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I wonder if the Elite 60PRO is better? About the same price as the HX950, but smaller. I saw it in person today. Amazing black levels but not sure how it ranks against the Sony XBRs.
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this thread-> XBR-65HX929 vs. XBR-65HX950
65HX929 has 128 dimming zones
65HX950 has 128 dimming zones
55HX929 has 105 dimming zones
55HX950 has 105 dimming zones
CNET review + same number of dimming zones shows that there is virtually no difference between HX929 and HX950
the HX950 comes in two sizes 55'' and 65''
the HX929 comes in three size 46'', 55'' and 65''
Unofficial local dimming list and benefits?
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1245172/unofficial-local-dimming-list-and-benefits

I read the CNET review. They said the HX950 actually does not have 3 features that the HX929 has. Quoted below

"Sony didn't include the three innovative, if esoteric, features found on last year's HX929 that involved a sensor and low-resolution camera that could respond to viewers in the room. The Presence Sensor automatically turned the TV off when it failed to detect a viewer (see the KDL-EX720 review for details); the Position Control was said to automatically optimize picture and sound by detecting viewer position; and the Distance Alert disabled the picture and emitted a warning sound if a child approached the screen. Again, none of these are included on the HX950."

I wonder why they did not include these features in the HX950, ESPECIALLY the Presennce Sensor. I would think newer models gets better.

http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/sony-xbr-65hx950/4505-6482_7-35431355.html
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http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/sony-bravia-xbr-65hx929/4014-6482_7-34468617.html

Why does it say lowest price say $4200?
The list only shows 4 vendors. Lowest price is $4,795.00 at Exclusive TVs.
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$4,200.00 is a used one.

Has Sony changed their stand on not discounting these XBR units? Seems there are some sellers doing that. I thought Sony and Samsung didn't allow that anymore.
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Does the HX929 look like the HX950 from the exterior minus the stand?
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http://www.alltimetvs.com/Sony_BRAVIA_XBR65HX929_65-Inch_1080p_3D_Local-Dimming_LED_HDTV_with_Built-in_WiFi_324.html?refid=Google&gclid=CKvquLuC_bMCFcKPPAodGTsA6A

This is the cheapest at alltimetvs.com
Where do I check to see if it is a reputable dealer?
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