Originally Posted by Mcnb
Hi, everyone, thanks for this tremendous resource. It helps us out a ton. I am interested in clouding issues with this set. I have recently auditioned a Sammy f6300 and f7100 and have returned both due to clouding. I watch movies in a mostly dark room and have developed a sensitivity to the clouding. Any trends with this screen?
By "clouding" do you mean on a black background you're seeing parts of the screen that look dark gray or as if there's a flashlight shining behind the screen? I ask because I've seen clouding referred to as different things in TV reviews. If what I've described is what you're referring to then you should not have a problem with this TV. The blacks are incredibly deep and uniform. I'm amazed at how well it is able to produce pitch black bars on the tops and bottom of the screen when watching 2.4 to 1 formatted movies on the W850A. The edge dimming feature works great for this and it will turn the screen in those areas as dark as the black plastic frame that borders the screen.
In terms of overall screen uniformity I think the W850A is very good for an edge lit LED but it is not perfect. Then again, no TV is perfect regardless of whether it's plasma, LED, CRT, etc. They all have strengths and weaknesses and screen uniformity is one area where LED edge lit TV's are simply not as good as some other technologies in my opinion. For example, the screen uniformity of my W850A isn't as good as my 25 year old Toshiba CRT TV that's in my spare bedroom. That said the overall viewing experience of my W850A is 1,000 times better than watching my old Toshiba but if judged by screen uniformity alone that ancient little Toshiba is better than my super awesome, 2014 Sony W850A. I realize this is straying a little from your original question but I bring it up just to set expectations accordingly. After my year long journey in attempting to find a large flat screen TV for my family room I can honestly say that the Sony W850A is the best overall TV I've found at fulfilling that purpose and I've had 4 different 60"+ flat panel TV's in my family room over the past year. The W850A produces the best deep blacks, rich colors, and some of the highest contrast ratios I've ever seen on an LCD TV or any type of TV for that matter. It also handles motion extremely well and I find the brightness levels to be perfect whether I'm watching TV during the day or at night. If I look hard enough on a pure white screen can I spot some minor uniformity issues? Yes, I absolutely can but fortunately I don't spend much time if any watching a white static background image on my TV.
Regarding your comparison to Samsung, there is not a single Samsung LCD TV that I saw including the very expensive stuff that I thought produced a picture as nice as the Sony W850A. To my eye, their black levels are not as deep, their colors are not as rich or varied, their brightness levels are too high, their side viewing angles aren't as good, and their motion handling isn't as natural as the Sony. Of course, these are just my opinions and there are millions of Samsung owners that would probably disagree with me but I truly think they are step or two behind Sony in most areas.