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At the Sony website the info for the backlight system used in these 2017 models imply that the upcoming XBR75X940E will use the same "Backlight Master Drive" as used on the Z9D with individually controlled LEDs whereas the 55" and 65" models will have an updated version of last year's "Slim Backlight Drive" now renamed "Slim Backlight Drive+".
The question i have is : if this upcoming XBR75X940E is essentially an improved Z9D at what i imagine would be a much lower price point, will the Z9D be eliminated from sales so soon after its introduction or will Sony have it available for a few more months ?
I don't know how Sony will be able to justify a msrp of $9K for the Z9D when the better (?) 75X940E could possibly have a considerably lower msrp, around $6K or so ?
I am rather confused by Sony's model's availability and sales strategy for its top-of-the-line LCD UHD sets since the introduction of the 75X940C in Summer 2015, followed by the 75X940D barely 6 months later, then the Z9D again barely 6 months later and now the 75X940E.
Could the company at least differentiate these model numbers so as to avoid customer confusion and seller obfuscation ?
At any rate i feel that Sony has backed itself into a corner by using these nearly identical numbers for what now appears to be a class of UHD sets that has existed for three generations , "the 940 class", and considering the company's website is currently offering the 940D for $4,299.00 why should we consumers pay much more than that for the upcoming 940E ?