Originally Posted by AP-123
How does the x950b compare to the new 65", $1500 Samsung HDR 1000 sets?
After getting it all setup properly, it blows it out of the water. There's no comparison. And it gets brighter than my plasma, with nearly the same black levels.
Count the amount of HDR stuff you will take advantage of HDR on your edge lit screen, and then think carefully if you want a set that does 1% of what's out there "well-enough for most folks" or one that does 99% of what is out there "exceptionally good."
I've not compared HDR video on the KS8000 side by side with the X950b, but I do know that the same movies on Amazon, like the coral reef imax movie, look BETTER now on the X950b than I recall them looking on the KS8000. That's going from memory though. Every time I see the picture on the X950b I am incredibly pleased. Also there's no comparison in the sound, if that matters to you, and the TV tuner is better too, if you are using an antenna. I could only get 11 channels on the Samsung on a good day, and was rescanning every time it was cloudy. The Sony sucked in everything in 60 miles, using the same antenna. 35 channels
KS8000 is a great daytime set, and quite a bit lighter. But I love the beastly xbr, 99 pounds and all. It's even won over my wife who was mad at hell when I brought it home and cursed me while I was making her help me wall mount it. But now... she's all in.
It really is a top-shelf screen, that will excel at 99% of what you watch, and not do the 1% HDR in HDR mode. Personally, I doubt you will care.
I couldn't be happier with my purchase