Looking for some advice here. I recently purchased an 85" Sony 850G but haven't been happy with the black uniformity on the set. I read several reviews before buying, and everything sounded good for what I would expect from the set; good picture, could be a lot better with a more expensive technology, but nothing that would stand out as a serious flaw when viewing at home. I thought it was something I would be happy with for the price point. Needless to say, from the second I turned on the TV, the bright spots just stand out. It's fine for bright scenes and watching sports, but the majority of my viewing is UHD/BD movies, so it can be really distracting. I did a little more in depth digging after and found a few user reviews and it sound like this is fairly typical with this set (how professional reviews gloss over this while first hand experience accounts vary so wildly is a little disturbing).
So my question is, is it likely this is just a bad set that I should exchange, should I look at a different, comparable set that will produce better results, or should I just deal with it cause all sets in this size/price range are like this? With the size of this set, it's not like I can plan to ride it out for a year or two, then upgrade and just move this set to a spare bedroom. I have about two weeks left before I'm out of the return policy.
Would this break in over time, or are there any tricks to make this less noticeable?
1. Budget - Right around $2500, could go higher if necessary.
2. Seating distance - 12-15' (we love the 85" size for the room, seating distance, and wall)
3. Size/placement limitations - Viewed straight on, no crazy angles.
4. Uses and sources - Primarily UHD/BD movies, some tv and sports. No video games. Shield Pro/Panasonic 820 UHD Player
5. Room lighting - Two windows, both with black out shades, room is pitch black when watching movies.
Other TVs under consideration:
LG 86" UM8070 (never owned LG anything, not that I can't be sold on it)
LG 86" SM9070 (same as above, and pushing the budget)
Samsung 82" Q60 (no Dolby Vision)
Samsung 82" Q70 (no Dolby Vision)
Sony 75" X950G (would rather stay >80")
Sony 85" X900F (really pushing the budget)
Black screen, a bit exaggerated due to the auto camera settings
Doesn't look as bad as it is, but still noticeable
This is most like what my eyes perceive when watching a dark scene