Originally Posted by srkmish
Can you shed more light on how you feel Q9FN is in a different league than Z9D? People here compare the 2 very favorably it seems.
I find they're on par in a number of areas but with the Q9FN blowing the Z9D out of the water (within the relative, narrow scope of high-end/flagship models) in terms of motion, UI, black levels/uniformity, contrast, and build quality. Z9D's pre-cal picture destroys that of the Q9FN but I'd hope one spending this kinda money on a set is getting a professional calibration anyways, so I don't really mind that.
I went through 5-6 Z9Ds due to faulty hardware and the motion bothered me on every set. Also, the motion interpolation was consistently and especially objectionable. I'm pretty sensitive to motion issues and the Q9FN hasn't bothered me. That's not to say its motion's 100% perfect for all content all the time (no set is) but it's close enough that I'm pretty darn happy.
I can't think of anyway to put it other than to state that the Android OS on the Z9D is bloody terrible. It's really, really bad. The voice recognition is passable and it's nice that voice is integrated with Netflix but it doesn't make up for the overall travesty that is the UI. RTings' review of its smart features was extremely generous IMO; I get it's weighted in a screwy way but it doesn't deserve to be at all close. It lags, it's slow, it's clunky. Even with everything possible turned down in the Developer Settings it still ran like a brick $#^@ house. It drove me more and more insane as time went on. In comparison, the Q9FN's UI is smooth, fast, and responsive. Downside is that voice isn't integrated with Netflix so you can't say, for example, "Play 'You' on Netflix" like you could on the Z9D but you can still open Netflix and do everything else with the set you'd want with it. I also have no idea what RTings is classifying as ads on the Q9FN. Maybe there used to be some and an update removed them before I bought my set but there's really nothing like that that I can see.
As for build quality, the Z9D has several areas on the base of the set with ~1cm wide open slats covering areas several inches wide. If you look up into the slats, you can see the backlight bright as day through ~cm wide holes leading to the screen. Doesn't have an effect on viewing but it does turn the set into an extremely expensive bug trap. We clean the house top to bottom once a week and the set is in a home theater without any plants/biological material anywhere near it and I had a bug crawl in and die between the screen and the backpanel. Luckily for me, this happened on a set that was already being RMA'd for a faulty HDMI port but I still can't believe it happened. This was the first thing I checked for on the Q9FN and, logically, there's nothing like that I can see. Is this a huge deal? Maybe not... unless it happens... but the fact it can
happen on a flagship model blows my mind and I was never comfortable after that, constantly stressing that something was going to fly in.
I loved the picture on the Z9D and wouldn't have even considered the Q9FN originally because of all the Sony hype. In the end, I'm glad for my bad luck as I feel like the Q9FN is on par or slightly better in most areas, considerably better in a few areas that are very important to me, and overall it runs and is built like a much better product without any "wtf were they thinking" aspects to it.
Last thing I can think of: The Q9FN seemed to have much more responsible packaging and seemed to have more responsible regional stocking of 75" sets. With Sony, they drove every set from California to Ontario then west to Manitoba (~6000km and a big temperature swing) which I'm guessing was a factor in them arriving with issues every time. It also took 2-4 weeks every time. When the last set arrived shattered I went to Best Buy and had a 75Q9FN installed within a few days.