Originally Posted by Smiller4128
Hey guys, I’m in need of advice. I currently have a 55” Sony X900E that I really enjoy but want to upgrade for 2 reasons. 1. Size - I want to move up to a 65” and 2. I want Dolby Vision.
My budget can go up to $2000, but I’d like to not go that high if I can help it. My top choice right now is the Samsung Q80. It currently sits at my maximum budget but I’m holding out to see if that price comes down during Black Friday sales.
In the meantime, I’ve been looking at alternatives. I’m VERY interested in the TCL 8-series with its micro LEDs for watching movies at night and getting those deep blacks. But it’ll also debut at the top of my budget.
Alternatives to those two TVs have led me to either the Vizio Quantum X, the 2019 TCL 6 series, and the Hisense H9F which seems to be a sleeper hit.
I’ve read positives and negatives on all of them and can’t really seem to decide at all. Everyone here who games says to pass on this and the Vizio and Hisense because they don’t have VRR for gaming? It seems only the Samsung does, but Samsung doesn’t support Dolby Vision.
My tv time gets split exactly 50/50 between HDR Movies and HDR gaming. So what’s more important, VRR for gaming or Dolby Vision? And will either the 6-series or 8-series satisfy those needs for me more so than the other TVs?
If you're willing to wait for Black Friday, then that's where you're going to find the best options. Even if the Q80 doesn't come down in price all that much, the TCLs, Vizios and Hisenses of the world will! Any new TCL will likely have a sale within a short window of release. The 8 series will drop to 1800 or less soon after it launches. SO you may be better off waiting for that one. It will likely be a total fuggin beast. I say this because the TCL 75 inch 6 series that launched just earlier this year had a sale right out of the gate pretty much, and now is regularly significantly
cheaper than it's MSRP.
But yeah, if you're waiting until black Friday, then just wait! We are all waiting with baited breath. I'd hope the Q80 does see a nice drop, but if not, your options will blow open in November.
As far as VRR and Dolby Vision, I'm in the same EXACT boat as you, I split my usage between HDR gaming and HDR movies 50/50. I absolutely adore 4K quality, and the HDR experience. My honest opinion with using VRR for the last year... is Dolby Vision
is the winner here, and is more important. There are only a few games that I've noticed a slight difference in, using VRR. Most HDR games will provide you with an exceptional experience no matter what and VRR is a slighter improvement. But that also depends on what kind of games you play. I'm not into Fortnite or Call of Duty or any of that... I play in depth single player, RPGs, Sim racing, and story heavy games. I rarely play online multiplayer (except for the occasional Rocket League). So I could see the advantage of VRR if you're more into the twitch scene and more split reactionary games. For sure. I think it's also important to note, that the PS4 doesn't support Samsung's Freesync option, so the application is rather limited right now anyway. but certain games on the Xbox have been nice.
Dolby Vision can fundamentally change the way you enjoy movies. It's more realistic, more immersive, improves the HDR experience and I think more movies will be taking advantage of this in the future. So that's my personal opinion. I'm always more on the side of improving my movie watching experience, rather than gaming. Because gaming is already at such a magnificent level IMO. Gaming is already such an engrossing experience, particularly with HDR titles. I'm extremely satisfied with it.