Picked up a 65x950B from the local BBY on Monday. Offered to buy the 5 year geek squad PP if they would price match the Amazon price. First guy said they couldn't do it since it was a 3rd party reseller but that I could ask his manager. So I did, nicely, and he agreed. Took it home that night.
Feel like I got a steal.
Not sure how to figure out the build date though. Found a transfer sticker that looks like it was transferred from the Ardmore distribution center on July 29. They still have 3 left.
Replaced a failing 4 year old Samsung PN51e7000 51" Plasma that was getting horrible pink/purple splotches anytime there was a large area of white on the screen (hockey, snow scenes etc). That TV was okay but nothing like the X950B.
I remember seeing the 85" version in the Magnolia section a year or so ago and they had The Avengers on. Watching that TV was how I discovered the Hulk has chest hair!
Picture on the 65" X950B is simply amazing. No issues with the screen other than one very faint, slight band halfway up the middle when I look at a blank grey screen, but none of my viewing consists of one long blank grey screen so I can live with it. Can't see it otherwise. Upscaling is awesome on the Blu Rays I've tried so far. Force Awakens, Skyfall, Looper, Guardians of the Galaxy. Streaming 4k from YouTube and Netflix is GORGEOUS. Check out the documentary Apex in 4k on Netflix if you get a chance.
Sure, it's not the latest and greatest processor. But I'm not super concerned about it and the lack of licensed HDR (Dolbyvision/Technicolor etc) since the X-tended Range Pro seems to do a fantastic job. I have a huge library of BR movies that can't take advantage of it anyhow. And there isn't that much content that' worth re-buying, although I'm sure that number will grow, but who really needs a 4k remastered Ghostbusters disc when my TV will probably upscale my current version just as well if not better. I'll build onto my 4k Library over the next several years, probably get a 4K BD player around Christmas sometime. Don't feel like I'm missing anything at all actually.
Don't care about the Smart TVAndroid TV stuff at all. Never used it on my Samsung like I thought I would.
Regarding upscaling and apps, I've got a TiVo Bolt that can be set to 4k out but the picture seems to be better when I leave it on 1080P. My Pioneer Elite VSX-80 also does 4k upscaling via the Marvell Qdeo chipset - which is supposedly what Oppo BDs use. Haven't had much chance to compare the differences.
Currently run the TiVo direct to the HDMI 2 port and the VSX-80 to the HDMI 1 (for the ARC). I've got an xBox 360, which I fire up every few months, running through the VSX-80 as well.
Anyone else using a TiVo with one of these? Any 4k upscaling comparison? The upscaler in the TV is great, just curious more than anything.