Here is some great info via chat I just had with a Sony Rep about whether the 900B & 950B have a 8 or 10 bit panel, some of the chat made me chuckle also...
Welcome to Sony! My name is Peter Michael G and I will be your sales product specialist today. How may I help you?
Peter Michael G: Hi, Tim! How can I help you with your purchase today?
Tim: I seriously doubt you will know this but if you pvt message one of Sony's engineers you can know and then send to my e-mail? My 2 questions below:
Tim: In regards to the 84.6” (diag) X###B Flagship 4K Ultra HD TVItem: XBR-85X###B 1) How many zones of full array local dimming are behind this models panel 2) Is it a 10bit or an 8 bit panel and throughput?
Peter Michael G: Don't worry, Tim, I can see your numbers. Thank you. Numbers are masked for added security during this chat, and are never stored.
Tim: Another question in regards to the XBR-79X###B I see it is a passive 3D panel whereas the other ###B models like the 55", 65" are active 3D so which panel will have the best picture quality and does the 79" have a 8 bit or 10 bit panel?
Tim: I also note that on the avsforums.com that many of these ###B series have clouding an issue prevelant in led/lcd panels. Is it less or more on the 79" ###B compared to the other 55" & 65" active panels?
Peter Michael G: You are right about us not having the figure for the number of zones for full array local dimming but our TV is a lot better than competitors who have 384. The XBR-85X950B is an 8-bit panel. The 3D type does not determine the quality of the picture, Tim, so we can say that since the 900B TVs are of the same model, they are all the same. It is also an 8-bit panel. I understand that forums are essential in choosing a TV, but these comments are most of the time subjective. So far, we haven't received much complaints about our 4K TVs clouding.
Tim: hehehe Your 950B is better than Vizio's Reference Series huh? How could you know that as Vizio has not yet released their Reference Series to the public?
Peter Michael G: CES, Tim.
Tim: Oh so you were able to go there personally Peter?
Peter Michael G: No, I am not able to but I was able to read blogs about them.
Tim: I heard the 10 bit panels are better because they allow a lot more of the color gamut, I wonder if in twenty fifteen if Sony will up their 8 bit to the better 10 bit?
Peter Michael G: Sony has the TRILUMINOS display which is a technology that shows life-like colors. This will make sure that you will be getting the excellent picture that the TV can offer.
Tim: Ok well thanks for your time Peter, have a nice afternoon. ttyl
Peter Michael G: Which TV is closest to your heart, Tim?
Tim: Well the 85" ###B of course but I will not afford that 25g lol
Peter Michael G:
Tim: I currently have a 70" so the next best thing could possibly be the 79" ###B
Tim: But I may wait until later in the year when the price comes down as they always do after initial release.
Peter Michael G: The XBR-79X900B is available but limited in stocks and may no longer be available later this year. Let me place the order for you today to assure you of its availability and delivery. As a valued Sony customer, we will waive the shipping fee and I will enroll you to Sony Rewards (linked to your Sony account) where you can earn points in your every purchase that you can redeem on your future order and use it as a discount, or if enough, pay for the entire order!
Tim: lol your very kind and such a good sales person, but alas I will wait.
Peter Michael G: I have good news for you, Tim! We have an in-house financing that can help you get this TV in an installment plan of up to 36 months with 0% interest! All you need to do is fill out a form and once approved, we can place the order today!
Tim: Got to go now but than you kindly.