XBR55X850C Vs XBR49830C
Alright guys I need your help settling a debate. I took a look at the XBR55X850C at a local store and it instantly caught my eye as it was very clear, the blacks were deep, and the detail intense. I took a look at it and thought to myself "wow, if I could get this in a slight smaller size that would fit my desk I would totally be happy with the quality." I spoke to a sales rep who sold me on the XBR49830C which he said was the same quality just smaller and that the 830 simply meant it was above 30"s while the 850 simply indicated it was above 50"s. Since he didn't have a display available or one in stock I had them place one of the ones coming in on hold. On my way home from the store I stopped by another store that had the 830 on display and from the moment I saw it I knew something had to be wrong. It had this heavy blue haze in all of the dark areas and while the image was sharp I never could see black, just a dark blue color. It was worse than my 10 year old 720p Toshiba. After looking online however it seems like many people are complaining about this haze and low contrast ratio and even some of the reviews mention it so what gives? I looked at the technical details on Sony's website and there isn't any real distinguishing characteristics. So is it the luck of the LCD draw or is it an embedded problem? I would get the 55" 850c but it's just too damn big.
What are your thoughts?