Hey thanks for that! I appreciate it.
Active 3D is the deal breaker for me, I don't carewhat the set is. I'm not in the market for the w850, but I do suspect that they will partially cripple the set with fewer settings. That seems to be the MO of manufacturers these days: give the lower tiers less (or even very little) to work with in settings even though the underlying panel might be pretty darn good. And increase the settings control as the models go up. It seems to be what they did with their R55's.
On the surface, I love the pricing and size options with the W and X 850's (aside from the passive debacle in my chart above).
I honestly have no idea what Sony is thinking here. On some levels their behavior looks calculated. On other levels they resemble a stroke victim thrown off a roof. Confuse us with passive vs. active. Confuse us with trilum. Confuse us with numbering. Confuse us with size offerings. The attached speaker thing. And of course the looming 4K/HDMI 2.0 and OLED and curved OLED nonsense in the industry at large makes everything so unsettled that I'm surprised anyone is buying anything at all sometimes. Perhaps they figured that they have so many configurations possible that they need a period of throwing varying combinations of them out to see what sticks. All manufacturers go with what sells and tailor things accordingly, but this seems a little too much like thrashing around to me.
More on the differences between 900A and 850 - 65". Go to the Sony website and compare the two models using checkmarks. In addition to the lower spec for Motionflow (960 vs 480), only the 900A has a "deep black panel" (whatever that is). That is likely a substantial difference. I just added the 802A to the comparison. Like the 850, the Deep Black Panel box is unchecked. To me its seems clear that the 900A has a superior feature set (at least on paper). In practice, who knows? One other minor difference: The stand on the 850 does not swivel. 850 is also a 120hz panel vs 240 on 900A "http://www.amazon.com/Sony-KDL65W850A-65-Inch-1080p-120Hz/dp/B00ES5YZD6"
Edited by rnbarg - 9/26/13 at 3:37pm