I already made a separate topic but then i saw this one. And maybe people here can also help me with my dilemma:
I have loved my 940E for over 2 years now. ( i think almost 3)
My first 940E had two dust particles behind the screen after one and a half year (size of 3 pixels in the center and one at the top)
So i got it replaced for a refurbished 940E. But that one had bad vertical banding (6 bands) that you can clearly see with bright content and especially panning shots. Since i still have warranty i asked Sony to look into it. They could not repair it but also not replace it for a 940E.
They offered me a 75X950G. But that tv sits in a lower class. It only has 60 local dimming zones compared to the 288 of the 940E.
So i told them that was not really a option. Then they offered a ZF9.
But because of that XWideAndgle layer it only has a 1:3500 contrast ratio where the 940E will do 1:11500 that was the reason i bought the 940E. It had great brightness and superb contrast. So again a downgrade.
I have never seen the ZF9 in real life. But i read a lot about it (was thinking about a upgrade a few year back then reading that it would be a downgrade). And especially the back bar glow and blooming would be worse compared to the 940E because of the XwideAngle layer. (And the contrast offcourse). And sometimes the blooming of the 940E is already slightly annoying.
After also speaking to the store i have 3 real options:
1: Keep the 940E and try to ignore the banding. Resale value will be bad because it does have a defect.
2: Get the ZF9 and try to live with its short comings and hope that after a month im adjusted. (but im afraid i will miss the contrast)
3: Get the ZF9 sell it to the store for 2200. And pay 1700 extra for a 77C9 OLED (AG9 is way more expensive over here would be more like 3K extra). the C9 would be a upgrade in most area's except brightness.(i think i will miss that but it does offer very good contrast and per pixel dimming to compensate for the brightness loss). Looking at my content: Streaming and blueray movies i do not fear burnin.
I have been thinking about the options for weeks now but cant make up my mind.
Maybe there are people here that have seen all sets in real life and can compare them better to tell me if my fear's are justified.