Originally Posted by humanvr4
Ok, I need some help picking a new TV. My ZT60 plasma went out and I need to replace it. I really want a good TV that has good black levels, I know I could go to OLED, but with my kids gaming, its just something I don't want to worry about.
I'm wanting a 65", 70" or 75".
Viewing distance is 14ft.
Good Black levels.
I have been looking at the 75" Sony Z9F and the 75" Sony X950G, just no store has them in stock to look at. The ZF9 master is $200.00 more than the X950G but I don't know if one is better then the other, or if there is another TV I should be looking at.
If you want good black levels, go for the Sony X900F, the TCL R625 (or wait for the 2020 6 series with mini-LED), the Hisense H9F or the Samsung Q80R or Q90R. Sony has completely dropped the ball on their LED black levels for 2019 and seem to be continuing the trend for 2020.
Their Flagship FALD LED set, the Z9F only has a native contrast ratio of 1300:1 and with local dimming at maximum has about a 3500:1. The TCL R625 for 2019 has a native contrast ratio of 4700:1 and with local dimming at maximum, a contrast ratio of over 8000:1(!!!) and the Hisense H9F has a native CR of 6000:1 and a CR of 8700:1 with local dimming at max. Both of these sets have a higher contrast than the SONY Z9D (yes, THAT Z9D) and both of these have 65" models under $1000.
What the Sony models will have over the TCL or Hisense are uniformity, motion, and native 120hz panel. Color should be a wash. The Sony model might have better HDR but with the elevated black levels, you would have to compare them side by side to tell. Both the TCL and Hisense are 800 to 1000 nit displays and with their very dark contrast, should look spectacular with HDR. So if you are looking for pure picture quality for movies, you will probably be better served by the TCL or Hisense. Definitely by a Samsung Q80R or better. For sports and fast motion, the Sony might serve you better.