Originally Posted by J Quade
rtings.com is a great site and all but they are only one source. According to them the W800B is slightly better than the W850B but if you read cnet's reviews of the two models (they mention that they compared them side-by-side) they seem to conclude that the W850B is the slightly better set that produces deeper blacks and does a better job of displaying red (an issue the entire W line seems to suffer from). Not to say that cnet is the be-all-end-all either but you can't base your opinion on one review site alone.
I don't remember rtings.com saying the 800B than the 850B was better maybe I missed that arguably the 800B has better panel major difference is fat bottom wedge design
and bigger speakers on the 850B they both share the same video processing HDWE and with the panel thing it's not impossible that 800B could be slightly better .
2014 Sony W800B Black: 0.020 cd/m2 Contrast: 5260 : 1 AUO AMVA5 < better calibrated panel result .☺☺
could be the same panel and just set to set variations no two sets will usually calibrate exactly alike even same models
2014 Sony W850B Black: 0.026 cd/m2 Contrast: 4273 : 1 AUO AMVA5
C net might be lazy. I'm told they calibrate at W/100% color slides nobody does that in the real world also word is they measure black with 90% black screen again nobody else does that they use checkerboard patterns.
if that's true it's not the best way to do it and not the way it's done by professional calibrators in the field .
Their recommended settings always differ from my calibrations on my sets also . ofc some difference is to be expected in any case but in some cases the differences were major.
90% black favors local dimming and frame dimming and FALD that and the way they calibrate (100% colors) may not be indicative of real world results and their reviews don't provide much beyond opinions most of the time, at least
rtings .com gives info measurements comparison facilities and data
way better site .
Of the 6 sets I have here 5 of which were reviewed at both sites
there were differences between the two sites reviews and calibrations and in every case rtings.com
was spot on . Sony's always push reds alwayse have it's fixable if you don't use 100% color in your calibrations like cnet though and watch your other adjustments.
You go ahead and keep reading C net ( TV opinions for dummies ) it's pretty dummed down, ( TV Reviews for Dummies ) that what they should call it ☺☺☺
C net is trying to be consumer reports reviewing everything from automobiles to washing machines and doing a rather poor job of it all in all ,sadly the TV part such as it is is one of the better sections there .
Never hurts to look a couple of sites long as it isn't C net or more appropriately TV opinions for dummies
Lots of good sites in U.K.