This is my first post in years. I joined AVS back when I bought my first HDTV, a Sony 50" SXRD RP 1080p. [EDIT: Actually I joined a while after I bought the TV] I loved it when I bought it, my how times have changed! I've been a HT hobbyist since 1996 when my Dad and I put together our first HT with a 32" JVC and a Pro Logic surround system with BIC Venturi speakers.
Nearly 20 years and many, many components later I just received my Sony 65x900a! Got a new job, moved across the country (Silicon Valley FTW) and decided to treat myself. I spent an inordinate amount of time researching before I settled on the 900a. My previous set was a Sony 55" HX-800. I seem to have a (bad?) habit of upgrading monitors every 4 years. I hope that's not the case with this new set, because it seems extraordinary in every way.
After using the much beloved "AustinJerry" settings and seeing this TV in action, I feel like all of my HT dreams have come true. It's absolutely that good. I haven't read all of the 382 pages in this forum, but probably over 70%. I feel like I know some of you already, it's weird. Flinchn and AJ have been quite helpful, not to mention so many other regular posters.
I got a very fair price on the TV (just below the ceiling I had set for myself) and had it shipped across the country. I was very worried about the "panel lottery". My old HX had awful blooming and pooling and it always drove me mad. I haven't done a full calibration on the x9 yet, and I may not. Using AJs settings everything looks spectacular and I'm not a color accuracy perfectionist so the delta errors aren't bothering me at the moment. I'm also a little concerned that once I see where the panel is having trouble, I won't be able to UNSEE it. Ignorance is bliss after all.
My first impression is that I have very little light pooling and generally very good uniformity. No DSE that I can detect yet or other imperfections that aren't inherent to an edge lit display. Of course, coming from that HX, anything was bound to look good. Still, I have sensitive eyes (or a crazy brain, or both) and nothing is jumping out at me.
The MAIN reason I wanted this model, which may sound crazy to many, was the passive 3D. I'm a huge 3D fan and know the 4k upscaling with the passive glasses is a match made in heaven. I popped in Hugo tonight for about 30 minutes and still haven't picked up my jaw.
All of my stuff gets moved in on Saturday, then I can install my Marantz receiver and AR 5.1 setup. Instead of unpacking on Sunday I'm going to play PS4 until my eyes bleed (much to my girlfriends chagrin, of course).
The HX had horrible motion blue which was cleared up by setting motionflow to smooth, but that introduced artifacts around fast moving objects and some judder. I'm hoping this panel resolves all of that in a much more reasonable fashion. I'm not a twitch gamer so hoping I don't need to use game mode. Guess I'll just see what works best. My hopes are high though that I can use my Cinema settings for gaming.
Anyway, thanks for taking the time to read this long post. I've been lurking for so long I couldn't wait to jump in once my set arrived. Thanks to all of you for helping me make this decision and answering all of my questions (before I even asked).