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So I'm officially joining the X900F owner club. Received my 65" yesterday from Best Buy after buying it on black Friday. I'm coming off a 46" and my seating distance is about 9 feet so the difference is massive. Yeah, some of you would probably say I should have gone with a 75", but I'm going through baby steps here. It's still almost a 20" upgrade from my previous TV so it's still a massive improvement.
For those who cares, I'm using a Yamaha RX-a780 receiver (upgraded 2 weeks ago from a RX-a820 since this one was not supported full badwidth for 4K and HDR). Connecting to the TV using HDMI3.
I'm still playing around with the settings. Started with RTINGS settings and made some adjustment. First one was to switch away from expert 1 to just warm colour. I thought expert 1 was just too yellowish while warm seems like a good place for me. Bump the colours to 55. Here are some impressions:
- Screen: So far, I've run some DSE YouTube video and have not noticed any. I'm also not seeing clouding but I do have local dimming on. I do notice that the corners are a little darker but it's only noticeable on a full white screen so I'm not really worried about this. No dead pixel noticed either so I think I got a good panel but I'll keep monitoring.
- Cable TV content is hit and miss. For sure, the fact that I'm moving from a 46" to 65" and form HD to 4K will expose a lot more the fault in the signal. You can clearly see some channel or shows being better than others. As others have recommended, I've locked my STB box to 1080i and use Full pixel mapping and the results are better. Still playing around with brightness, motion flow settings and colours. Watched some hockey last night and this is where I could see the biggest impact of the lower resolution broadcast. It was clearly some 720p content.
- 4k content: so I went, changed the settings on my apple TV 4k to have proper 4k content and enable HDR (didn't enough dolby vision yet) and started some movies I own on itunes that are 4K HDR. So far, the picture seems excellent. Need to spend more time but so far it looks promising.
- Blooming: OK let's talk about the elephant in the room. Yep, it's there. It's even there in full-screen content although it's noticeable if you know what to look for. I use bias lighting (have a Philips hue led strip in the back of the TV) so the blooming in the black bar is for sure far less noticeable. At some point, this TV is so bright that light content on dark surround will always create a "hallow" effect, something even noticeable on OLED, so it's hard at time if what I'm seeing in full-screen content is actually blooming or just standard hallowing. More tests need to be done but watching the First Martian last night in HDR, I wasn't much distracted by the black bar blooming unless I was looking for it.
- HDR Gaming: OK this one is hit-or-miss but mostly depending on content. As many have said, Read dead redemption 2 is just so disappointing. Then I started Battlefield V and was playing on a daylight map and OMG it was gorgeous (playing with PS4 pro). Then I went back to try NHL 19 and it looked amazing. Then powered on Horizon zero dawn and it was during the night at a camp and the picture was just amazing. Then I tried Fallout 76 and, well even 4K and HDR can't save this horrible engine so I won't go much into detail. But so far HDR gaming looks amazing. I was worried with black in HDR as my initial attempts had all my black looked grey but I'm not sure if it's a combination of some settings or just the TV warming up but at the end, Black levels were great. input lag wise, I can see a small improvement with this TV with 4k content (24ms) VS my previous TV, an XBR46X850 that has input lag at around 33ms. So I'm pleased on that side. Really appreciate the bigger size TV here since in most game, I was sometimes struggling to find opponents and aim because others players were so small.