I would wait until the fall at least, not summer. Sony will very likely announce the Z9G (the successor to the Z9F, and hopefully a true successor to the Z9D) in 55”, 65”, and 75” sizes during IFA Berlin. If it is a true successor to the Z9D, then the picture quality should be excellent with great black levels and minimal-to-no blooming.
Also, Vizio will likely announce a 75” PQ-Series model sometime during the summer (which should have great black levels, little blooming, and great color volume like the 65” model from last year).
I honestly wouldn’t make 8K a priority at all. Unless you sit extremely close to the display or plan on getting a huge screen (85”+), the difference in pixels from 4K will be negligible at best.
HDMI 2.1 sounds great on paper but its actual practical use doesn’t seem to be there much. Other than VRR and eARC, the things it brings to AV technology will hardly be used by anyone, especially given the type of content available right now. Plus, VRR and eARC are possible anyway without an actual HDMI 2.1 input (the latest premium Samsung’s support VRR and are not technically HDMI 2.1). So I wouldn’t make this a priority either tbh.
Budget-wise, the 75” Vizio PQ-Series should definitely fall within it. From Sony, the immediate step-down from their premium model should fall within it as well (not sure about prices for the actual premium model). TCL might announce a 75” model with FALD but that’s not very likely. From LG, I would try to get a 77” C8, but if you game a lot or plan on watching content in a room with lots of ambient light, then it might not be the best option due to possible burn-in and lower brightness compared to LCD models. I would not recommend a Samsung based on past experience.
So, I would just recommend waiting for fall of this year to see what gets announced throughout the year until then and decide afterwards. Based on your wants and budget, a premium model from Vizio or the step-down from the premium model from Sony will probably and up being your better options. I was actually also excited to get a new display during this spring or summer, but after seeing how and when companies are announcing and releasing their new models, it seems best to wait until then before buying a new TV.
Last edited by samovies10; 01-05-2019 at 01:49 PM.