Originally Posted by retro124
Hello Guys I do have a chance to buy last one Brand new never open box Sony KDL65W850A for $1900. I know from what I read it is excellent tv. So go with this one or get newer models like KDL65W950B ( also 1080p) or Sony XBR65X850B (4K). How newer models compare to KDL65W850A?
That seems like a good price other than ABT (chicago) had 190 of them a few months before Sony stopped making this set. ABT was selling them then for $1498 with free shipping. Fry's Electronics also had a nice stock of these sets selling them for about the same price. As the sets stock was near out they lowered the prices to $1398 best I can remember. This was happening May, June 2014. I never will forget ABT selling their stock of 190 sets out in 2 months.
Walmart in old mexico had a special sale on this set months after it was not manufactured anymore. Walmart was selling the set for like $1298 sometimes including a extended warranty.
Sony sold some refurbished models of this set for around $1298 and would include a $99 blu ray player or sometimes a extended warranty.
I doubt I would by a Sony set new unless it included the triluminos color feature and would know for sure the sets picture had the same deep blacks as the W850a set has. Sony was not very loud in the Jan 2015 CES show in Vegas this year on any 1080p sets. All they talked about was their 4K sets, was the same type talk from Samsung and LG.
I don't see where all these TV companies act like 1080p is washed up. The 4K trend may be somewhat better but to me I will not buy a 4k set till the networks actually transmits a 4K signal all the time.
Back to your question, which model to buy. If the W850A set had a problem with the screen, you would have to give up the set. It's to costly for Sony to replace a panel that may no longer be available. The KDL65W950B is a pretty good set and some say my settings will work for it also. The W950B though does not include the triluminos filter and some say the colors and deep blacks are somewhat lacking but the 950B does have a wider viewing angle than the W850A set.
The W950B set came out during the summer of 2014. I don't know other than what I read about the XBR65X850B (4K) set. Playing a 4K blu ray disk the picture some say in the reviews is outstanding. I don't know the price of a 4K player but I bet it's costly. I was looking at amazon on some of these 4K sets. Place your mouse over the stars and it will give you a list of how may are 5-stars vs 3 and 1-stars. This is a good way to evaluate a set including how many customer reports their were vs the release date for the set if you look around on the page enough.
This XBR65X850B set shows to be released for sale on March 21, 2014 and it does include the triluminos feature. I read this set upscales all 1080p content to a 4K picture. The customer reviews on this set looks promising with a lots of 4 and 5-star customer reviews. Best Buy is another good seller to deal with that try their very best to keep their customer happy with the sets they buy from them. Their extended warranty price is reasonable from what I have read here in these forums.
Good luck with your set purchase.