Back on Nov 8th I picked up an 65" X810C and could not believe how terrible the blacks were (they were GREY at best). After one day of playing with it, I took it back and exchanged it for one of these 65" X850C. It's so much better! After messing with it for a few hours I was able to calibrate it so that it looked as good or better than my old "calibrated" Sony 52" XBR6 LCD from 2007.
Coming from Hollywood as a video engineer that works on the content we all watch, it's nice to see content look almost exactly how I remember it looking on set when I shot it.
(or at least as close as compressed video can look when compared to the real uncompressed stuff I see all day at work.) The black levels are very even and I'm not seeing any of the blue edges. I have noticed a bit of odd brightness changes in some scenes that I know were not there when we shot it, but that could just be the Auto Contrast Adjustment thing. I think I have that on Low, but may try turning it off to see if this goes away. Have been to busy at work to play with it much. (16 hour days
) I'm also happy to see that Sony changed "Brightness" to "Black Level" since that is what it's always meant to me anyway, and reused the Brightness name for backlight.
I just wish they had also changed Contrast to what it real is, "White Level or Gain"... My wife was also able to go to BB and get them to price match the TV at the new $1799 price, so we got $400 back! Thank You BB!
I'm very picky about image quality and would recommend this TV to anyone. Sure the black levels are still not as good as the OLED monitors we use on set, but the value at $1799 is unparalleled. My old 52" XBR6 cost $2899 in 2007!