Thanks to outsiderwv for setting up this official thread.
I am considering upgrading my home theater after nearly eight years. I have a final generation 60 inch Pioneer Kuro and love it dearly but 4K resolution and HDR are intriguing. I am seriously considering the 85 inch Sony XBR 850D. I will also need to upgrade my HT receiver and DVR but those are stories for another day.
I will be sitting about nine feet from the display. I assume that would be close enough, in the case of an 85 inch screen, for me to benefit from the increased resolution of 4K. Would appreciate any thoughts anyone might have to share on this issue.
On to the specifics of the 850D. I read the rtings.com
review and it didn't bother me much. It criticized the 850D's poor black levels for those watching in a darkened room. It also said, however that in a normally lighted room black levels were fine. Although the black levels on my Kuro have been state of the art, I routinely watch TV, even Blu-ray movies, in a normally lighted room. Even so, my Kuro has handled darkly lighted scenes well enough to allow me to follow what is going on despite the low light. I don't want to buy an 850D and find that I can't follow the action in scenes with low light. Can anybody shine some light on this issue? (Pun intended.
The review also downgraded the 850D's handling of HDR. That wouldn't be a deal breaker for me though because until recently I didn't know what HDR was.
The excellent score the 850D received in the motion blur test impressed me. The weakest aspect of my Kuro's PQ is its susceptibility to motion blur. It can be annoying on occasion. That's a good lesson, though. Any TV, even one that was the best in its day is not perfect, so compromises will have to be made no matter what I buy next.
Finally, although some of the Sony products I have owned have been less that stellar, the three Sony TVs I have owned have been stellar. The most recent was a 32 inch XBR, which I have owned for 10 years and still use to this day. Thus, I am favorably disposed to the the new XBR 850D.
Anxiously looking forward to hearing from any of you with ideas about my issues. Thanks for the use of the hall.