Originally Posted by gadgeTTmini
I admit it - I really enjoy watching 3D movies at home, and the passive 3D on my Sony 4K TV is by far the best home 3D experience I've ever seen. My prior TV was a Panasonic Plasma with active 3D and that was good, but the passive on this 4K has no flicker, no ghosting, and the glasses are light, battery-free and cheap. If they did backstep and put active in the new UltraHD TVs, that would somewhat make me happier that I spent the extra and got more than just the extra bezel and speakers.
Absotruthly. The incredible 3D performance is the main reason I bought the 55X9, in fact it's the best 3D I've seen anywhere, at home or in the cinema. Nuthin' has topped it and the full-res 1080 passive implementation has been a big part of that.
Sony have never been able to crack the active crosstalk conundrum so, yeah, it'd be a backward step if true. And IMO they'll have done it not from a performance standpoint but from one of public perception, because they're worried that people will look at the Sony 4K tech vs Samsung, Panasonic whoever and they'll be put off by the Sony using passive while the others use active. Still, I suppose it doesn't help that Sony's own 1080p TV range makes the same discrimination, as the premium W9 is active while the lesser W8 is passive - and Joe Public might well be wondering why the super-premium X9 went back to passive.
As for the new range, note that the X8 is listed has having a Deep Black panel, while the X9 uses the OptiContrast one, probably due to the 'monolithic' styling of the X9, i.e. the X8 won't have that same glass layer over the screen.