And for anybody in Canada Sony got them in stock at their warehouse a few days ago so they should be in the process of shipping them to stores and shipping out online orders.
Originally Posted by nenito2k
ok let me add my 2 cent here...and many people will not like what they read but....
one of the most trusted french sites hdfever.fr...will review the sony W9 in about a week...but the reviewer (extremely talented) already gave us the HEADS up:
- The W9 is not worth the 5/5 on techradar and 10/10 on TR !!
- The W9 is not AS GOOD as the HX950 nor as the HX850
- The W9 is not even as good as panasonic plasma from 2012/2013
So there you have it...hell don't even compare the W8....
I really really don't understand people that buy a TV this expensive without waiting for reviews....you people are just incredible....
Anyhow...the 2013 range from sony seems to suck from what i read on the W8/9 around the world forums....same as panasonic 2013 (aside from plasma)....samsung are too expensive this year...maybe LG might come up with a cheap and good tv??
He has hardly been that negative about it actually and the review isn't coming until next week because he has only had time to briefly sit down with it since he had to travel to an event. So he has admitted he still needs more time to sit down with it and these are early impressions.
Most of his negatives so far have been common sense like preferring full array in the 950 and commenting on Plasma having better blacks etc. The blooming is the one concerning aspect of his complaints and is seen in his pictures but is something TechRadar praised the TV for not having an issue with. Yes you can trust one site more than the other and dismiss what one say but the reality is it could be a case of panel lottery like any TV. Just like that site said the F8000 has perfect screen uniformity but as mentioned earlier in the thread there are people not getting perfect sets in that regard. So his biggest problem could be a non-issue with some sets. The viewing angle is one of the other problems reviews have brought up but he said in one of his posts it is better than the F8000. And in another post he seemed to split advantages between the F8000 and W9 as well as saying it is on par with the F8000. Now why am I bringing up the F8000 so much? Well their review called it a nearly perfect edge LED and it was an overall positive review. So do you really think a brutal review is coming for the W9 if he feels it is on even only on par with a TV they have called nearly perfect? And the way I see it if it is on par with the F8000 then when the mastered in 4K Blu-Rays come out to take advantage of SBM and Triluminos that gives it a slight edge for me which is why I am going with it. Actually I initially went with the W8 since I wanted passive but the black levels just are not good enough with that so exchanging it for the W9 when it comes in.
He also did mention the black level performance not matching the 850 but that seems to be caused by the blooming TBH. And goes against what HiFi said about the black levels being equal to the 850 since you seem to trust them too. No reviews have said the black level performance is worse than the 850 and no other reviews have brought up the blooming so again we could be talking panel lottery. The viewing angles have been the only consistent problem showing up in reviews of this set which is something to consider for people off center or that view their TV with larger groups of people. But it is a problem with the F8000 too and all signs are pointing to that and this competing for the best LED of the year.
The problem WiFi had with the blues is going to be a subjective thing too. Honestly blues are always a problem area so the fact that they said the Triluminos display does deliver with better color performance with green and reds so I am not too concerned about that personally.