I’ve heard some people on this thread talk about how there is virtually no blooming with SDR content and that it’s mostly on HDR content. That seemed to be true, that is, until I bought a Sony 4K UHD player. Now, regular Blu Rays look almost worse than they did when I was using my standard Sony Blu Ray player on this TV – There’s a lot of blooming and of course, the horrendous washed-out off-angle viewing angles don’t help. I understand that I’m essentially watching upscaled SDR but, it seems to be accentuating the blooming. I’m not even going to ask if there’s a setting in the UHD player that I missed because the players are usually ready-to-go out of the box.
I keep going back and fourth and back and fourth about liking this thing. Thankfully, I have until January 14th to decide if I want to take it back, but I’m still on the fence, because sometimes I look at it and the image is beautiful and accurate and other times it looks like a hot mess. It’s frustrating because some days I’m fine with it and others I go into obsessive mode, trying to make it better. I find this issue gnawing at me daily, giving me anxiety, double guessing myself if I made the right decision.
I’ve done my research and looked at other TVs like the LG C8/C9 or the Samsung Q80/Q90 – hell, I’ve even researched OLED, which I don’t want because I know I would give it burn in, but even then I’m hearing that they can’t get very bright, and seemingly perfect models like the C9 have that an adaptive brightening mode that changes the picture, and I know for certain that it would annoy the piss out of me!
I keep telling myself that I chose the TV with the least amount of negatives, in regards to what’s out there, and while I do like it, it’s just sometimes I feel like I should just get rid of it all and go back to my LG 1080p and regular Blu Rays, but I also have FOMO when it comes to 4K movie watching because I freaking LOVE movies and want them to look amazing.
If ONLY I could get rid of the horrible off-angle viewing and SOME of the blooming – I would be a happy person. I’ve thought about returning the X950G and waiting until next year’s models come out, but with Sony seemingly abandoning LEDs, (or at least putting any quality into them) I will have no choice but a crappy LED or OLEDS. All I know is that I’m sick of stressing about this. $1,000 is a lot of money to me so I need to be sure I make the right decision because I’m gonna be stuck with this TV for a while.