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post #1 of 10 Old 08-24-2014, 08:23 PM - Thread Starter
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Sony xbr65x900b or xbr65x950b

First off I'm a newbie so please i am clueless i am Looking to buy a new tv I currently own the xbr5 so I'm definitely due for an upgrade. I can't seem to make up my mind I have a surround sound system so the speakers are useless. I don't see what's the main difference that instead of Spending almost 4 thousand to 7 thousand.

how big of a difference are between these two models.??
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First off I'm a newbie so please i am clueless i am Looking to buy a new tv I currently own the xbr5 so I'm definitely due for an upgrade. I can't seem to make up my mind I have a surround sound system so the speakers are useless. I don't see what's the main difference that instead of Spending almost 4 thousand to 7 thousand.

how big of a difference are between these two models.??

FALD (full array local dimming) versus ELPD (edge lit pseudo-local dimming).


I think both of these TVs were tested in the recent Value Electronics shootout from last weekend and if you look through the threads, you can see images of how each of these TVs look in the dark. The X950B is the best LED/LCD currently available (but likely to get bested before the end of the year). It also costs the same as the soon-to-be-released 65EA9700 OLED, which blows them both way out of the water.
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I don't get to upgrade often I want a tv that I know will last and I really always liked sony. I have a chance to pickup the xbr65x900a from a friend for 3100.
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I don't get to upgrade often I want a tv that I know will last and I really always liked sony. I have a chance to pickup the xbr65x900a from a friend for 3100.

Suggest you check out the owner's thread. My sense from perusing is that 65X900A owners seem to be happier than 65X950B owners, in general (maybe partly because they paid less than half as much :-).


There is a high likelihood that Sony will not be able to continue in the TV business as it is currently structure for much longer. Samsung, LG, and even Vizio are safer bets from that point of view.


That is a pretty good price from your friend, especially if you can view/test the TV in advance (watch a dark movie at night).
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Don't get either, I had them both. Get a Smasung PN64F8500 or find a used Kuro or VT60 and wait for OLED.
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There is a high likelihood that Sony will not be able to continue in the TV business as it is currently structure for much longer. .
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The same can be said for pretty much all of the Japanese TV brands. There was a great deal of speculation here on the Forum after the last financial results from Sony. They are spinning off the TV division. None of the Japanese brands are able to turn a profit selling TVs and that can only go on for so long. Because of their content business and playstation business, Sony is probably in better shape than the others, but most believe that the writing is on the wall - Japan, Inc. on the way out and China, Inc. on the way in. 2015? 2016? 2017? Who can say.
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Do you like 3d? The 900a had the best 3d, probably the best 3d there is. I've had the 900a and the 950b, the 950 does have better picture quality but I love 3d so decided to save 4000 and stick with the 900a and see how oled pans out. Sonys quality control has been bad. I went through 2 950b that had black crap behind the lcd. At 8000 that it's unacceptable. Before that I had a hard time finding a good 900a with out bad banding. I ended up finding a week old 900a return at a sony store with a good panel. If you can look at that 900a that might be a good way to go. Tell him 2600 lol.
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I got the 65 900a and the 3d is indeed great but it became defective with a line across the screen so it got replaced with the 65 900b and the 900b so far is better picture than the 900a and 3d is more detailed on the 900b I highly recommend 65 900b although 900a isn't bad either
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The 900B may have been the best edge lit TV ever made.
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