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I just read the whole thread and would love some feedback.
I have the opportunity to get a 65w950b or a 65w850c
I don't do much gaming, mostly netflix, and movies.

Would love to hear some suggestions.

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I just read the whole thread and would love some feedback.
I have the opportunity to get a 65w950b or a 65w850c
I don't do much gaming, mostly netflix, and movies.

Would love to hear some suggestions.

Cheers!
I hope you have not decided just yet. I compared the two sets using Amazon's customer reviews. The 65W850C set got medium to poor reviews from 6 people. Check out the 3-star reviews on this set tells the story. This is a 2015 model set, but seems to have issues.

The 65W950B first became available in May 11, 2014. This set shows to have 66 reviews. The 5-star reviews show a whopping 75% which is excellent for any TV at around $1625.

I think this slightly older 65W950B 1080p set would make a great buy.

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I just read the whole thread and would love some feedback.
I have the opportunity to get a 65w950b or a 65w850c
I don't do much gaming, mostly netflix, and movies.

Would love to hear some suggestions.

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Joe,

I have the KDL65W950B set. I picked it up in May of this year. This is a great TV. I am very pleased with the picture quality. After just a few adjustments, the picture looks amazing. With my room dimensions, it made no sense to get a 4K TV and that is what Sony is pushing. This 2014 TV is better than the 2015s I looked at and am very pleased with my decision.
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It seems like Netflix app on Amazon FireTV has issues.
It stutters a lot, DD+ doesn't seem to work over TV's HDMI passthrough to the A/V.

I also run WMC 7 with Cable Card to this TV. Live TV Video stutters on it.

I noticed all these issues after installing the latest firmware on the TV. I was hoping if I could go back to previous version and do some analysis.
i have this same problem with new updates... netflix is not watchable at all..it plays little in 280 signal instead 1080i what the fk sony did ????

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i have this same problem with new updates... netflix is not watchable at all..it plays little in 280 signal instead 1080i what the fk sony did ????

i just contact sony support and they are not even aware of this. sony tech wants me to do the factory reset but i deny it... so they are checking there updates that what cause this issues.
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I hope you have not decided just yet. I compared the two sets using Amazon's customer reviews. The 65W850C set got medium to poor reviews from 6 people. Check out the 3-star reviews on this set tells the story. This is a 2015 model set, but seems to have issues.

The 65W950B first became available in May 11, 2014. This set shows to have 66 reviews. The 5-star reviews show a whopping 75% which is excellent for any TV at around $1625.

I think this slightly older 65W950B 1080p set would make a great buy.

hello whitesands can you please take a picture of GUI. (on the remote press HOME and then take a picture of that screen .

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I have the KDL65W950B set. I picked it up in May of this year. This is a great TV. I am very pleased with the picture quality. After just a few adjustments, the picture looks amazing. With my room dimensions, it made no sense to get a 4K TV and that is what Sony is pushing. This 2014 TV is better than the 2015s I looked at and am very pleased with my decision.
check the green color ? its off on this model ......
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Ok WhiteSands, you seem like you are in the best position to give a good look at this TV and help us pull the trigger. Coming from plasma will be very interesting - the VT60 is next on my list behind the W850a, but I'm very weary about plasma.

btw, do you game on your TV?

Anyway, I feel I might be looking forward to you receiving your TV as much as you are.

I gamed around 2005 using a CD and never gamed on the TV. Stay away from any plasma set. I got burned two years after buying a VT-30 set. Pana had a problem of some circuit board grounding screws slightly loosening up. Once they arc the board goes bad. Price is about $400 to $500 to have it serviced. It was out of warranty so I simply parked the set. I constantly worried about the plasma burn in and it going dim over the years of use. This was my reason for buying this fantastic 65W850A set by Sony.

My guess is you already know the W850A is a great gaming TV. The 65W950A a 2014 set might be worth looking at. I doubt their are any new 2013 W850A sets for sale anymore. The new sets are shown at the big CES show in Vegas around the first week of the year. The sets shown are usually not available till many months later. My guess we will be looking at few new 1080p sets as their heavily pushing the slightly more vivid 4K models.

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Thanks for all the tips. This TV is awesome. Do you know if there are any alternative stands for this TV? I have a built-cabinet where this fits into but when I want to pull the TV as close as possible to the edge, the front half of the circle stand sticks out way over the edge of the cabinet. Thanks for you insights!
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I just read the whole thread and would love some feedback.
I have the opportunity to get a 65w950b or a 65w850c
I don't do much gaming, mostly netflix, and movies.

Would love to hear some suggestions.

Cheers!

Joe I would go with the 65w950b. That is the model that replaced my beloved w900a. At first I didnt really care for the w950b but after I saw it at a freinds house and how he had everything finely tuned or calibrated it looked very very nice. Black levels still arent as good as my w900a but as far as PQ is concerned they are close. The w850c is not getting good reviews as WS said and it dont have Triluminous Color which is a must in my opinion. So I say go with the w950b.

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I hope you have not decided just yet. I compared the two sets using Amazon's customer reviews. The 65W850C set got medium to poor reviews from 6 people. Check out the 3-star reviews on this set tells the story. This is a 2015 model set, but seems to have issues.

The 65W950B first became available in May 11, 2014. This set shows to have 66 reviews. The 5-star reviews show a whopping 75% which is excellent for any TV at around $1625.

I think this slightly older 65W950B 1080p set would make a great buy.
Well said WS.
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Thanks Sony2014 for waking me up to located the GUI pictures you requested. I checked the photobucket where I stored about 100 of my scenic screen shots for this TV. So I go to photobucket and it won't take my login anymore. Then I read that they may have dumped me for no activity in the last 2 years.

So I wonder how PB still shows about 20 to 25 of those same screen shots when I type, avs forums, whitesands scenic into google images. Those picture still look great full size.
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Thanks for all the tips. This TV is awesome. Do you know if there are any alternative stands for this TV? I have a built-cabinet where this fits into but when I want to pull the TV as close as possible to the edge, the front half of the circle stand sticks out way over the edge of the cabinet. Thanks for you insights!
My comments here i'm sure is not the same type cabinet you have. I would be careful with the ring sticking out over the front. You might want to attach a small cable from the cabinet to the center area of the back of the set.

I got 30 years experience repairing TV before I retired. A big mistake was the customers wives wanting to stick a (used to be) hot table model TV with tubes into a cabinet because it looked nice. Well their TV went out 2 or 3 times more often due to the trapped heat.

I also used to own some of the enclosed cabinets although I did remove the support cardboard backs for extra cooling. I replaced the back by using a X run of small twisted misc. steel wire. I would wrap each wire end around a screw in each of the 4 corner edges of the back of the cabinet. Pulling the wires tight works as good as the cardboard and then the TV ran much cooler.

Once the flat screens came out I switched to the table-top type cabinets. My favorite flat top cabinet I call em came from walmart, although I did have to order it. It's 59" wide so the big 65" Sony set hangs over a inch or so on each side making the screen look larger than it is. The cabinet is black and stands about 24" high from the living room floor. This one has the two stacked pull out storage drawers in the center of the cabinet. Both ends are open including a divider shelf. This makes it easy to put your satellite or cable receiver in one end and the DVD blu ray player and surround sound in the other. I never installed any cardboard that comes with the cabinet. I watch TV in rather dim light anyway so I never notice any light showing though behind the equipment from the wall. I think this one cost about $199 a few years ago. I'm proud to see my big screen TV sitting on a flat top table where it runs nice and cool. I did pull the Sony TV ring stand out just to the front edge of the cabinet to shorten the viewing distance by a foot.

I really love this TV..
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Hello everyone! Im new to the forum but not to owning the 65w850a. I've had the tv for over a year now and have never been really happy with the picture. I searched calibration settings and it brought me here. Whitesands, if they're still available would you PLEASE dm me your settings so I can see if that works? I would greatly appreciate the help and advice. Thanks so much...
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Hello everyone! Im new to the forum but not to owning the 65w850a. I've had the tv for over a year now and have never been really happy with the picture. I searched calibration settings and it brought me here. Whitesands, if they're still available would you PLEASE dm me your settings so I can see if that works? I would greatly appreciate the help and advice. Thanks so much...
your not happy? I have had 65w850 for two years and the PQ still blows me away compared to the newer sets out there on the market.
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your not happy? I have had 65w850 for two years and the PQ still blows me away compared to the newer sets out there on the market.

Agreed. Alot of the newer sets, 4K included, dont come close to the w850 or the w900a for that matter in black levels, contrast or PQ. In my opinion both sets were the best ever made by Sony in the last 3 years.
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Agreed. Alot of the newer sets, 4K included, dont come close to the w850 or the w900a for that matter in black levels, contrast or PQ. In my opinion both sets were the best ever made by Sony in the last 3 years.
only a pity they did not make the 900A in 65" it was even better than the 850
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only a pity they did not make the 900A in 65" it was even better than the 850

Yea asdetail, Sony dropped the ball on that one by not making a 65inch model of the W900A. Why they didnt is still a mystery to me. I'm just glad I was able to get the 55inch W900A when I could because its been a fabulouse tv in every sense of the word.
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If off axis viewing terrible for you guys as well? It starts to get washed out at about a 45 degree angle for me.
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If off axis viewing terrible for you guys as well? It starts to get washed out at about a 45 degree angle for me.
Not so good off axis viewing is an LCD flaw and thats something thats always been an issue that is unless you have a tv that rotates on its stand such as the W900A.
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Not so good off axis viewing is an LCD flaw and thats something thats always been an issue that is unless you have a tv that rotates on its stand such as the W900A.
True, but I've been to a few stores lately and some of the LCD TV's I've seen don't exhibit as much wash out as this one. Have they just gotten better over time?
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True, but I've been to a few stores lately and some of the LCD TV's I've seen don't exhibit as much wash out as this one. Have they just gotten better over time?

Manufactueres have tried working on it and I'm sure they have gotton better. I know on my W900A the off angle viewing is pretty good, not plasma, but pretty good and maybe its because of the panel Sony used. The panel used in the w850a is not the same one used in the w900a by the way and that could be the reason for the different viewing angle issue. I havent had the chance to check out the new tv's because honestly I aint interested. Pretty much everything is now 4K with the few 1080p tv's taking a backseat and I aint the slight bit interested in 4K.
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Thanks Sony2014 for waking me up to located the GUI pictures you requested. I checked the photobucket where I stored about 100 of my scenic screen shots for this TV. So I go to photobucket and it won't take my login anymore. Then I read that they may have dumped me for no activity in the last 2 years.

So I wonder how PB still shows about 20 to 25 of those same screen shots when I type, avs forums, whitesands scenic into google images. Those picture still look great full size.
Can you please send me your settings? Thank you very much & I hope that you have a good day.
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I'm looking for a good blu ray player for this tv I no oppo is the best but what's popular with everyone in this thread I was looking at the Sony bdp s6500 does anyone have any experience or better recommendation I'll only be using it for movies I'll use my Xbox for streaming services thank you in advance
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I'm looking for a good blu ray player for this tv I no oppo is the best but what's popular with everyone in this thread I was looking at the Sony BDP S6500 does anyone have any experience or better recommendation I'll only be using it for movies I'll use my Xbox for streaming services thank you in advance
This model player must be a good choice. The price is reasonable and this is a new player that's only been out for 2 months. To me the newer the player the better. This would mean it would have a lower priced but faster processor to be used to enhance a DVD to look almost as good as a blu ray disk. The faster processor will load a blu ray disk quicker to where the picture is on the screen. I have a rather expensive panasonic player that's very similar. I bought it like 4 years ago but it was very costly back then at $350.

That's progress with this new Sony player that should perform even better than my player for lots less money.

My method of shopping is by looking at the 5-star percentage and 3-star customer reviews on the Amazon site to help determine which is the best item to buy.

Did you know the KDL-65W850A and the KDL-55W900A Sony Triluminos sets were the only two TV sets I can remember that had a all 5-star rating.

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I'm looking for a good blu ray player for this tv I no oppo is the best but what's popular with everyone in this thread I was looking at the Sony BDP S6500 does anyone have any experience or better recommendation I'll only be using it for movies I'll use my Xbox for streaming services thank you in advance
This model player must be a good choice. The price is reasonable and this is a new player that's only been out for 2 months. To me the newer the player the better. This would mean it would have a lower priced but faster processor to be used to enhance a DVD to look almost as good as a blu ray disk. The faster processor will load a blu ray disk quicker to where the picture is on the screen. I have a rather expensive panasonic player that's very similar. I bought it like 4 years ago but it was very costly back then at $350.

That's progress with this new Sony player that should perform even better than my player for lots less money.

My method of shopping is by looking at the 5-star percentage and 3-star customer reviews on the Amazon site to help determine which is the best item to buy.

Did you know the KDL-65W850A and the KDL-55W900A Sony Triluminos sets were the only two TV sets I can remember that had a all 5-star rating.
Thank you for your help and yes I did no this tv was one of 2 that had 5 star rating I researched for a long time and after the praise from everyone on here I new there was no other option than to get this beauty
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From personal experience I had nothing but issues with my 6500 from disc freezups to it not wanting to connect to the internet. It was a headache so I went out and bought the new BDP-S5500. This little player does pretty much everything the 6500 does except for 4K upscaleing and dont have the dual core processor. But disc loading times are fast, streaming is excellent, I have zero issues playing Blus or dvds and it hooks up to my internet and stays there! Video playback on my w900a is excellent and its a combo of both the tv and the player itself. You might want to give it a look if your looking for a good, solid all around Blu ray player.
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I saw mixed reviews on Amazon about the 6500 looks like the 5500 got a lot of better reviews I was also considering the 7200 any experience with the 7200?
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Hope you all are enjoying this amazing TV.

The recent update is causing choppy/jittery playback on WMC Live TV/recorded TV and Amazon FireTV.
65W850's Netflix app runs without any problems.
Also, XBMC/Kodi plays fine, probably because I have enabled "Adjust display refresh rate to match video" on it.

Has anyone noticed this on theirs?

Thanks in advance.
Got a chance to test the choppyness again, with latest firmware installed.

60Hz plays choppy.
24Hz plays perfect.

I tested this using Kodi.

Since Chromecast, FireTV do not have 24Hz playback setting, everything plays choppy on this TV now.

Anyone willing to do a similar test?
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I have a FireTV. Is there any specific test material from Netflix or Amazon Prime that demonstrates this choppiness?
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I have a FireTV. Is there any specific test material from Netflix or Amazon Prime that demonstrates this choppiness?
Planet Earth on Netflix has many flyover scenes.
No choppyness when using TV's Netflix app.

Play episode 2, from around 29:17 mark where eagles are flying. Lots of background scrolling while camera is focused on the eagles.
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