So I had a chance tonight to get a clearance 65" 950B and went ahead and bought it. It was cheaper than the new JS9500 and 65" LG OLED but not the 930C.
For some reason, in the store, the 950B just looked better than everything else to me and that's how it was last year as well.
I also currently own a 65" JS8500. I just need some thoughts on the 950B since I'm trying it out and might end up returning it for the few above.
I wanted FALD since my JS8500 didn't have it and I really dislike the edge light bleed, but the JS8500 picture quality to me is absolutely stunning.. I hooked up the 950b tonight and it seems very comparable to the JS8500, just without the edge light bleed and clouding that is on my JS8500 (so annoying).
With the whole HDR thing aside, how do you feel the 950B matches up with the TVs above? I threw the 930C in there because it is new and do not really know much other than that it support HDR and is edge lit (I want FALD, but if it is substantially better than the JS8500 and 950b, then I would be open to it).
According to most articles, it doesn't look like you can do a whole lot with the calibration as everyone feels that the TV is setup pretty good out of the box on the 950b, which is the opposite of the JS8500 (I used Cnet's settings on that one and it looks amazing, plus the Disney WOW calibration Disc).
I am not so concerned about the HDR thing as I am having great picture quality for blu-rays. I want the best, but at a reasonable price. The JS9500 is reasonably priced right now at $4500, but the OLED is still $6k, which is crazy, but I would be willing to pay the price if it is going to blow the doors off of everything else.
So, I am going through the same decision now (excluding the Js9500). Several things:
1) When I compare the 930c and 950b in BB (side by side), the 950b does seem to have better contrast and color depth (prob. FALD). The 930c, on the other hand, has a clear and crisp PQ, and maybe slighty better detail (prob. X1 proc?). I do like the speakers as I don't have to crank up my Klipch system for regular tv viewing.
2.) The HDR thing is nice, but may be limiited on the 930c. I am pretty much happy with good upscaling, BD movie quality, and regular tv viewing. I have got the impression the 930c may lack in this last category (would be interested in users comments on this). I think the 950 is better in this respect, plus slightly better in off angle viewing.
3.) Throw into the mix the 930d, which will be in stores later in March. Value Electrinics has a roll out price of $3500, which BB should match since they are Sony authorized. The tv is an unknown now, with the thin bezel and "backlight drive", but at this price it would be the same as the 950b. I wonder how it will cimpare.
4.) Last, in talking to BB last night, the timing looks like this: 1.) Sony has told BB the 930c stock will not be replenished at BB ounce gone (probably towards end of Mar-but then they said this about some tv's last year which continued into Summer-i.e. 850b). The point is, Sony has said the 930c will be taken off display about 3rd week of March, as the 930d comes in. Interestingly, the 950b will stay up (according to rep) UNTILL ABOUT APRIL! If so, looks like it will be available till then.
All factors in my mind!