Oof. This thread has been a whirlwind. I'm a new owner of a 55X950G as of last light. My purchase being rather spur of the moment, all things considered. Last week I took delivery of a 49Q6FN that I picked up to use specifically as a PC/Console gaming monitor. It was boxed up and shipped back to the online retailer on Monday because the gaming experience on it was just a terrible blurry mess.
After a couple of days of intense research and spec comparison, I decided I would need to increase my budget (a lot) and opt for a larger display than I had wanted (the 49" 900f would have been ideal were it not for my need for at least 3 full bandwidth HDMI ports and an ARC port). I walked in to a local TV only retailer to look at the options fairly certain I'd end up with another Samsung. That's when everything went askew.
There they were, side by side, eyeblasting the same HDR demo loop, the Q8FN and the 950G. The latter of which had not even been on my radar, and the former being the target I walked in for. For some reason I sat and stared for about an hour at them both in the retailer's darkened showroom. I liked the image of the Sony. I loved the gaming features of the Samsung. They were listed at the same price. My brain twisted.
My on the spot research showed that they both checked all the boxes I needed checked, and the usual review source put the comparison marginally
in favor of the Q8. I was ready to pull the trigger, but something about the color of the Sony kept commanding attention of my eyeballs. What to do?! That's when the salesman told me the Q8 was their last, and that the listed price (which was my high end budget) was open box. I paused. That's when the salesman offered me the Sony for $100 less and a 3 year warranty.
An hour later the 950G was on my desk in the media room and I was elbow deep in fiddling with settings.
So far I'm really impressed. I'm actually coming from an LG C7 as my primary gaming monitor (5k hours, zero burnin to date, the display keeps on truckin' in the living room), so the less than perfect black levels are going to take some getting used to, but the brightness and motion have me smitten. I'm looking forward to many hours of gaming on this... Once I figure out what all the settings do, of course.
One very pleasant surprise so far was discovering that this display would allow my Win10 PC to pass 5.1 PCM via HDMI to my non-eARC 5.1 sound bar. Wasn't expecting that. The Q6 locked it to stereo.
But y'all spooked me in this thread for a bit with doom & gloom. I'm sure there are are numerous reasons I should have picked the Sammy, but the price was right, and the picture quality (particularly color and motion) spoke to me. I think this 950G is a keeper. It's pristine!