Originally Posted by Rf13
Do you think the Toshiba L9400u or ax900 would be a decent alternative if the Reference series is price to high etc?
I dislike how you can only by from panasonic so that set looks like it may be off my list unfortunately.
The Toshiba L7400U was a disappointment (watered down version of Japanese equivalent) so I am not sure whether the 65L9400U will be up to the standards of i's Japanese cousin (Z9 or whatever) or will be watered down as well. Definitely worth keeping an eye out for first reviews and user reports. In term of PQ, here is my expectation of how these various panels will compare:
may be the best of the low but is an unknown/wildcard and will probably be expensive (expecting higher than $4000 and possibly as high as the Sony X950B at $6250 street).
Vizio Reference Series
may also be the best of the bunch and will hopefully be the best value in any case (expecting a price in the $3000-3500 range, but we'll have to wait and see).
reported to be in the same class as the Vizio R at CES but the smaller number of dimming zomes means the Vizio R should perform better and in any case, the X950B is very expensive ($6250 street).
reported to be one step behind the Vizio R and Sony X950B at CES (and again, we don't know how the final US product will compare against than Japanese-based prototype) but the price is attractive at under $3000 street and there is a good chance that the L9400U will perform better than the Vizio P.
should have decent performance with 64 dimming zones and the price is right at $2200 (65").