After 11 months, my 55HX950 started showing several horizontal lines of stuck pixels, which turns out to be a known problem. Sony sent out a reconditioned 55HX950 to replace it, but it was damaged when I got it (2" scratch on the front glass). I sent it back and received another replacement TV today. This time, they sent a new 55X850A instead of a reconditioned 55HX950. I assume they are out of recon'ed 55HX950's because I didn't ask for a new TV, didn't complain about the original TV going bad, didn't complain about the replacement arriving damaged, etc. Or maybe the sent me a new one because I didn't complain.
On paper, it sounds like they did me right. The new one lists for $1000 more, and based on the current Sony sales price of $3500, it's still $500 more than I paid for the HX950. But, I really like the HX950. I like the "local dimming full array backlight". I'm very happy with the TV's performance (until the pixel problem started). I like the aesthetics of my current TV. I doubt I will have any 4K sources in the next few years.
I haven't even unwrapped the X850A yet. I want to see it in the store first, which I will do tomorrow.
So, the question is, should I look at this as a "step up" for no charge, or a "step down" even though the new TV is more expensive.
Editing to subscribe