Originally Posted by tim1000
for those who purchased the w series, why did you pick it over the xbr 4k tv? what are the differences between xbr series and w series?
To be perfectly honest, the price was the main reason I chose the W850A over the XBR series. Right now there's just not enough 4K content for me to pay the price difference to own a 4K TV. I also feel like trying to figure out how far the 4K prices will drop before bottoming is kind of like trying to catch a falling knife. Everyone knows they are going to drop and probably by a lot so I opted to buy a 1080p TV and watch it for the next few years while the dust settles before taking the leap to 4K and potentially OLED, etc. Also, not being made of money $4,500 is a heck of a lot of money for me to spend on a TV no matter how amazing it is and I do think the new Sony 4K's are amazing. I know there's been a lot written by the AV press about how you have to be within a foot of the screen to tell the difference between 1080 and 4K but when I'm standing in the store 5 feet away watching a 4K TV show true 4K content I think the 4K stuff looks significantly better than even the best 1080p TV's. And of course on a giant screen TV like the new 84" Sony 4K is essential as far as I'm concerned!
With all that said, hand to God I personally can not see the difference between a 4K TV showing 1080 content and a good 1080 TV showing the same content. One day I was watching the same movie at Magnolia through the W850A and the XBR55X850A and as much as I wanted the XBR to look better I simply couldn't see a difference. The black levels looked just as deep on the W850A and the colors were equally as magnificent as well. Motion handling even looked about the same. The movie was dark so I couldn't see if it had better screen uniformity than the W850A against a pure white background but as far as the viewing experience on that day with that content I could see no difference. The XBR does have a more reflective screen than the W850A but the picture quality looks virtually identical when showing 1080 content.
It's funny, even though Sony has been working on rendering a lot their movie catalog in 4K they chose to provide mainly stills for their retailers to show in the display TV's in the stores. The 65" XBR at my local Magnolia store shows 4K stills of classic art pieces in a continuous loop. As incredible as those stills look I'd rather see more of what the new 4K sets can do playing video and movies since that's what I'd be using a TV like that for.
Edited by JackBurton1986 - 2/3/14 at 6:22pm