X900E vs KS9000 vs SJ8500
So, I already have the X900E, had the KS8000 (returned because of judder/stutter) and was really interested in the LG 65SJ8500 because of full range format support and Nano Cell use.
Today, I was in a local high end furniture store (huge store, good electronics section) specifically because I called and they said they had an SJ8500 on display.
So, I got to the store and wonder of wonders, they had the X900E, KS9000, SJ8500 all right next to each other in an up/down side/side configuration... think 3 of 4 quadrants in a square.
I found a sales guy who was cool with doing some comparisons and we did some matching... put them all in similar factory modes: Vivid, Cinema, Game, etc. we even messed with custom a little bit. I also took a thumb drive with some random video files on it.
Obviously i didnt do any gaming etc on these sets.
Here is what I found, but there is going to be some personal preference here, can't get away from that. Keep in mind that these are all in 'out of the box' condition and uncalibrated.
- Brightness: KS9000 (brightest) and X900E visually very very close, SJ8500 somewhat less so.
- Natural feeling color: X900E seemed the least 'disonant' to what seemed natural, SJ8500 very close with the KS9000 seeming somewhat pushed.
- Motion: X900E very good, SJ8500 in 2nd and not significantly different, KS9000 not good particularly at 1080i (cable/sat) as noted by many.
- Detail: X900E clearly the best, KS9000 and SJ8500 very close.
Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures.
Basically, I went because I really wanted to love the SJ8500 and get all that format support goodness, but I came away feeling strongly that the X900E was the best all around set.
Maybe it only has HDR, but it was still awesome against the competition.
As to the formats, maybe the X900E wont get abything but HDR/HDR+ and/or HLG... but maybe thats OK with a set this strong.
I've been working in the tech industry for 20 years.
Some have stated that the 900E cant/wont get Dolby Vision via firmware because its hardware bound. I feel differently because HDR10/HDR+ and DV share some common behaviors/methods, to me that says if you can add the DV instruction set to your HDR hardware and it is beefy enough, its conceivable to add DV via firmware.
Now that may never happen, but it could also be one of the customary Sony teases (PS4 features) that extends the sales life of a particular model. So I wouldnt be shocked to see it added by that method maybe late in the year... tons of reasons it might never happen though. Just my opinion.
Having seen what I have and researched each of these 3 units I am happy to stick with the X900E and would pick it out of this group every time based on their current performance.
Now i just need to get this thing calibrated.