Edit: I forgot to mention that the XBR would be about $800 more than the W850A if that makes a difference.
Edited by YOTR - 9/10/13 at 7:53am
You know, this question of asking for other people's calibration numbers is in my opinion not always wise. Just go in there and play with the calibrations and learn for yourself the intricacies of each and the push/pull affect. You can always at the end do reset so no harmed done. Each persons eyes slighty interprets image a litlle different. I, probalby being over age 60 prefer vivid with slight variations. Can't stand the washed out cinema scene. Prefer cool to warm setting. I have a 55hx820 and a 55w900a - both diferent in fine tuning for nearly same picture. Love the triluminous in the 900a/850a. Sony has really did it this time with brightness and the reds, blues, aquas.
Curious at what set you finally bought if either. 65hx950 down to $2999 but they seem to have difficulty selling out due to people's fear of getting bad set. The 65w850a price staying stable at $2499. To this day, am still considering between the two. Really would like to know what you did.
Yep, the banding and DSE. Also reading different forums including AVS xh950 forum and others on avs concerning this plus remember reading someone in the know saying production had ended early due to inherent weakness for this defect in panel. OneCall on Amazon and ebay at $2999 and they are not moving.
I watch OneCall ad daily but have kind of decided on the 65w850a in which I will appreciate the triluminous and dynamic range brightness stuff but would really miss the opticontrast gorilla glass and overall PQ of hx950.
Yeah, fear of getting a bad panel in the 65hx950 really scrares me (considering the money) and I know of the hassle in sony tv going bad even within warranty because then sony would just replace it with a x 4k series which is cheapened and 4k does nothing for me because of lack of content available and poor reviews of actual upscaling capability.
OneCall does accept returns within 30 days with buyer paying return and that is what I'd utilize if immediate bad banding or bad dse - but what a hassle.
But is there a price I would buy the 65hx950? Maybe, but 65w850a price will be going down too. (now at $2399)
I think the panel is suspectable to the problem. It is a hit or miss problem from what I have observed from forums. Plus I have taken the recent reviews on amazon to heart. I do think if you get one from OneCall and it's good (doesn't have to be perfect) you will be ok to keep it. If not, pay to send back for full refund or try another.
I had a 46hx820 have the 4 blink status light failure within one week of warranty expiring. If it happened 1 week later, it would have been $1500 total loss. I google the problem and it's extremely common on nx720, hx820 and even hx850. It was total hell dealing with sony warranty but in the end after hours of phone calls, I received 55w900a as replacement. Lucky for sony it's only a year warranty and problem seems to occur after a year.
So I look at a $3000 65hx950 and what happens after 18 months? Extended warranty another $300 with warranty not as good as sony original warranty. The stupid tv's are not repairable period so I try to be careful with what I must have since money is valuable and quite honestly, the 65hx950 would be a tv I'd love to have but if it had to be replaced with a newer tv due to problems, I'd be extremely unhappy losing it just like all the people whose gorilla glass tvs failed and sony gave them 2013 tvs. They loved their gorilla glass tvs for the inky black monlithic design, not just for the PQ.
Anyhow, if you desire the 65hx950, I'd say go for it. It is beautiful even when it's turned off.