I thought I would resurrect this and do an update with my additional experiences to date.
I’m focused on the 78”-90” so not dealing with the super-large 98”, 115”, 120”, etc. all of which are likely to cost more than cars.
-- Vizio M-series or Sharp 650, both 80” 1080P edge-lit panels
-- I have been trying out the Vizio in my house. It’s OK, but not great. Latest firmware has a great customizable UI and CMS. However, even with full CMS you can’t get color truly accurate. There’s a fair amount of clouding/flashlighting. The TV frequently stops working until you do a battery pull and reset. And lately it has developed an intermittent lip-sync issue that works regardless of what source you are viewing or even if you are using internal apps. Motion handing is so-so. Vizio customer service has been decent.
-- Sharp hybrid quasi-4K edge-lit 80" panel
-- Not really on my radar since I don’t see the point of the fake-4K especially since it can’t handle 4K streaming due without HEVC.
$6-10K 4K (prices quoted below are major retailers, not grey market):
-- Sony 79" X900B edge-lit 4K ($8K). Unlike the smaller sizes in this model, it’s using an IPS panel (probably the same one as the LG). This means less contrast/black level. It still looks decent but not as good as the smaller 900B’s. Side speakers put out good better than typical built-in sound, but you are stuck with them whether you want them or not. Some users have complained about visible banding. And a couple users have said the 3D has significant crosstalk. Still, looks great and overall the 900B has gotten the best in-class reviews, with the HU9000 close behind.
-- Samsung 78" HU9000 edge-lit 4K curved ($7-8K). Owners mostly rave about it. Reviews are great, just not quite as good as the Sony, but given the 79” having a different panel and worse blacks this may neutralize that advantage. You have to be okay with the curve which mostly doesn’t impact the picture one way or the other.
-- Samsung 85" HU8550 edge-lit 4K ($10K). I saw this in-person (as I did for the Sony and Samsung HU9000) and this is now on my radar. It is the next model down from Samsung’s flagship HU9000 and their top non-curved panel. Missing a few picture processing features but looks great overall. There is a rumor that this is a FALD panel though this seems unlikely. Blacks were not as good as the HU9000 or the smaller X900B’s let alone the X950B’s, but on-par with the 79” X900B. And you get the extra size. You also get the advantage with both Samsung’s of upgrading the brains and connections in future years using their One Connect box.
-- LG 79" (~$7K) /84” (~$10K) UB9800 edge-lit true 4K. Haven’t seen in-person. Probably similar black levels to the Sony because they share the same panel (made by LG). But Sony likely has better up-converting and local dimming. LG used both HDMI 2.0 chips, so different inputs can either handle HDCP 2.2 or the full bandwidth for 10-bit color. Sony went for HDCP 2.2 but not full-bandwidth and Samsung went for full bandwidth but not HDCP 2.2. Reviews for smaller sizes have put it behind the Sony and Samsung for PQ but rave reviews for the remote and the Apps UI.
-- Sharp 90" 1080P (not 4K). Last year' model. The kind of this round-up in size and looks decent. Not 4K, and if compared calibrated would be a middling performer to the competition on black level and overall PQ. You pay for the size.
-- Sony 85" X950B FALD 4K (~$25K). Probably spectacular
-- Samsung S9 FALD 4K (~$40K). Also probably great. Though last year’s model so outdated HDMI connections and 4K streaming codec unless you by their upgrade box.
Coming later this year:
-- Panasonic 85" AX800 4K edge-lit
-- Panasonic 85" AX900 4K FALD flagship (claims it replaces and surpasses their former plasmas)
-- Toshiba 4K (not FALD) panel, price and release date unknown
-- JVC 85" ($8K) 4K panel, allegedly 64 zone FALD
Last edited by Citivas; 07-23-2014 at 11:22 AM.