First post and I appreciate any input.
Trying to choose between a Sony XBR65 810c or last year's 800b for casual viewing.
$1,800 for the 810 vs $1,600 for the 800.
All things being equal, I'm leaning towards the 810 mostly because it's a newer model. Pricing not really a factor to be honest.
Now for a few particulars:
The TV will be placed on a 20" high table in front of a solid wall with a viewing distance of about 8.5 feet.
The room is 12x20 with recessed lighting in a 9ft ceiling and is partially open to the kitchen and living room area. No lamps.
Lots and lots of natural light from windows but hopefully that won't be much of a problem as none of the windows are in the line of sight of the television, so I'm not overly concerned about reflection. I should add I rarely view in a darkened room.
As far as usage, just looking for a good, basic, easy to use set for viewing Direct TV content and movies, some sports, Netflix, Amazon, and 4K streaming. Don't care about 3D obviously. Internet connection speed is 40 Mbps, which I hope is enough.
I was able to view an 850c and the 800b side by side at an electronics repair store. He doesn't have an 810 in stock yet.
The programming was local SD and HD cable with settings you'd actually see in a home environment. Both sets looked good to my eyes with the edge going to the 850, but I'm not sure it was $700 or more better.
Haven't been able to audition one yet but I'm guessing the new 810c is basically an upgraded 800b and most likely a better tv. The store owner has been good to me and I would prefer to buy from him rather than a big box store. He's knowledgeable, very close in pricing plus he'll deliver 30 miles out of town and set everything up for $80. Authorized dealer too. Well worth it I think.
I plan on pairing the tv with my PlayStation 2 and either a Sony HT-NT3 or HTST5 sound bar. Trying to keep things as simple as possible as I have a home theater set up in a different part of the house.
My only qualm is the operating system in the 810. Is the Android OS really that buggy that one should avoid it? My only other concern is room brightness. Too much for daytime viewing?
I'm sure I'd be happy with either set though.
Sorry for such a long first post.