I'm trying to make a decision between these sets and hope people could fill me in on some of the more significant differences. I was originally planning on the Sony as I like the brand, my last TV (60NX810) was Sony, and I mainly use a PS3 & PS4. I have to admit that the two Samsung models really caught my attention in store, however.
One of the reasons I got the NX810 was for the glossy glass screen which seemed to allow for excellent blacks, and I was planning on going with the X900B for the same reason. However, I am somewhat worried about too much glare. I will be moving to a condo with a large open living room/dining room/kitchen. Although there will not be any windows facing the TV head on, there will be a lot of windows in the room as well as potential for multiple other light sources so I am very worried about glare. It was very evident in store how much glare the X900B caught compared to the other sets. It seems like a TV that would be optimally placed in a basement home theatre.
The other factor is the speakers. I have a 5.1 Paradigm Signature speaker system so really have no need for the X900B's large speakers which may necessitate a larger entertainment unit.
One of my concerns about the Samsung 9000 is the curved screen. In some respects it seems like a good idea, but it leaves me wondering if this is more of a temporary fad and whether the design style will be short-lived and people who come over 2 years from now will look at my TV and wonder what is up with the funky curve to my TV. Which is what led me to include the 8550 here as well. Are there any other added benefits to the 9000 over the 8550? How does 3D content look on the 9000?
What about other factors between the Sony 900B and the Samsung 9000? Are there any objective reports or opinions on how the black levels, colors, menu interface, other features, etc. compare between the two brands? I don't intend for this thread to become a pissing match between the two camps but would greatly appreciate the reasoned thoughts of both sides!
Thanks for your observations! That definitely causes me to lean more in the direction of the Sony which would be my brand of preference anyway. I'm disappointed to hear about the drawbacks on the 3D as I do make use of a lot of 3D content. I wonder what would cause the image to lose some crispness though...
Anyone else with any opinions/observations would be appreciated!
Aside from the glare, I have had the F9000, HU9000 and the XBR65X900A. Had a few issues with banding on a couple of the Sony's, but no flash lighting as I had on the Sammy's. Just to say no sets perfect.
However, the upconversion on the Sony is far superior. Also, the colors and tones are far more appealing to my eye. The Sammy's just seemed harsh. Taster choice.
Is there a reason other than FALD for the 950b? You can get a killer deal on the 900a and still come out with what I felt was superior to both of the Sammy's your looking at.