I'm really struggling with choosing a TV. I moved from a very small apartment to a large loft, and my 40" TV is much too small for the new space. I decided that a 75" or even 82" TV would be a worthwhile upgrade.
The loft has many windows and gets tons of sun during the summer, so good reflection handling is important. In the winter or after dark, I'll be watching in a fairly dark environment, so dark room performance matters too. The seating arrangement is fairly wide but not extreme - there are two couches facing each other rather than facing the TV, and chairs on the other side of the room beyond the couches. Normally this would argue for an IPS panel, but I tend to prefer the high contrast and good blacks of the VA displays I've looked at. I was concerned that viewing angle would be an issue with VA, but looking at these models in stores, the off-axis viewing seemed pretty decent - not nearly as bad as I expected. For now, my main source will be an old PC playing 720p and 1080p content. I'll probably get a 4k streaming device but I don't know if I'll use it much.
I only use the TV to watch movies once or twice a week, so I don't want to go overboard with a fancy/expensive model. Originally I was looking at low-end models like Samsung's RU7100 ($1000 for 75"). I was tempted by the Q60R since I really liked the vibrant color rendition when I looked in a store ($1500). For awhile I was considering the RU8000 as a compromise ($1300). It has considerably better specs than the RU7100, some additional features I want like 24fps judder removal from a 60fps source, and the reviews suggest the color rendition should be nearly as good as the QLED series. I almost pulled the trigger on an RU8000, but going to the store one last time to look in person, I found I wasn't impressed by the colors, which looked considerably worse than the QLED models. Reds were slightly brown; blues and greens weren't as deep. I'm not sure if it was just a matter of settings, but the difference was very noticeable.
This made me lean towards the Q60R, but I notice it's pretty poorly regarded in reviews and forum commentary. For example, there's a stickied Reddit thread titled "STOP Asking if you Should buy the Samsung RU8000 or Q60R, NO You Should NOT" (can't paste a link because I'm new to the forum).
I find this a bit surprising because the Q60R looked just about as good as the Q70R and Q80R at the store. It may be that the differences only really show in a dark room where local dimming matters. In any case, I'm now hesitant to buy a TV that's so widely considered a poor choice, even though I liked it in person. Upgrading to the Q70R would take the price to $2000, which is considerably more than I want to pay.
I also considered Sony models, and found a similar situation there. I liked the picture on the X800G 75" model ($1400). While most X800Gs use IPS panels, this particular size has a VA panel, which means none of the reviews apply to it, and it's difficult to find accurate information about it online. I looked at it next to a X900F, which I know is well-regarded, and could see some differences, but not major ones. The X800G lacks proper judder removal, though, and it's pretty thick so it would stick out more when wall-mounted. Because of this, I currently prefer the Q60R between the two.
I looked about other brands as well... Vizio P Series Quantum sounded good on paper, but the Amazon reviews talk about lots of quality control problems, so I think I'll steer clear.
At this point, it's very hard to move forward. I like the Q60R most visually of the models I've seen in my price range, but it seems so widely panned that I wouldn't feel confident about purchasing it. The X800G is a reasonable contender but has some flaws, and there's very little information on the VA version. The X900F would undoubtedly perform well, but I'm not convinced it's worth stretching my budget to get it. I'm seriously thinking about holding off for now and waiting for new models or price drops... but I'm curious what others think!