Originally Posted by Jason Priestley
I went to a BBY yesterday and ran the moving dot on YouTube on both their 940D and Z9D. All of the magnolia employees saw it although my smearing was worse than what I saw on the 940D in the store. On the Z9D there was a faint trail but much much shorter than the 940D. I also ran the test on my father's Samsung 4K TV Set (whichever was the highest end non-curved 4K set with HDR that came out last year) and the result was also similar to the Z9D. I also spent 3 hours on the phone with Sony Support and they could not correct the issue and wanted to set up a replacement for me as well. In the end, I didn't want to have to deal with the time wasted/hassle of getting another 940D just to see the same thing.
Ultimately, I just bit the bullet and bought a Z9D which is scheduled for delivery in about a week and a half. To the people that either don't have it or don't see it, more power to you. The 940D looks incredible at times for me and the price point was great all things considering. While I think I'll be happy with the Z9D, I'm not happy with the price per performance. Sure I'm getting better HDR and theoretically less blooming/halos but I was fine with the 940D performance. I'm basically paying 2x the price just to eliminate smearing and now have to deal live with this purchase if for some reason DolbyVision wins.
If I had not moved, I would have waited an additional year for next year's sets but it is what it is. Watching 2.40:1 ratio movies on a 60" from 15 feet away was just a disappointing experience.
FYI I recognize these are total first world problems (maybe even 1% problems).
I am still and owner of the 940d, but I also decided to get the ZD9 as well, but the 65" version. You will notice a difference between the quality of both sets. Not bashing the 940d, it is a great set and as I said, I still own it, just wanted weigh in on the how you will notice a difference in overall brightness level, color vibrancy and HDR performance. Even in non-HDR content, image is just brighter and colors are more refined etc. Both are great sets, but I would not be feeling bad about making the switch. I wanted the 75ZD9, but being that I just bought the 940d 5 months ago my Wife was not too keen on me getting the 75 with it being about 9k or so and she was fine with the 65", which is in my gaming room that I sit about 7' away.
It was an adjustment for me going form 75" 940d in the gaming room to 65", but am getting use to it. I end up using the 940d more since it is in our living room and that is where we watch the majority of standard cable/sports etc.
Anyways, you will enjoy your ZD9, so don't think about feeling bad about it. So far, the majority of ZD9 owners have had little to no issues, one person had one with bad banding...I had some slight banding on mine, but I used the lint free cloth rubbing/massaging and it pretty much disappeared. Outside of that, I have not read of any other issues with the ZD9.