Originally Posted by JakeE
Thanks for sharing your insight :-)
I'm a little confused. Are you saying the 85" Z9G picture quality is not as good as the 75" Z9D, or are you saying it's not better? Because basically, I am looking for an 85" TV with the same picture quality or close to the Z9D.
I am aware that Samsung historically has inferior processing, but with their new processor don't you think they are going to try and match Sony, or come really close?
I certainly don't think you'd be upset with the Z9G, but its native contrast/black levels aren't as strong as the Z9D. In addition, the 85" Z9G has fewer dimming zones than the 75" Z9D (which is why some people have alluded to the Z9G as having an inferior version of BMD). The Z9G also appears to have more light leakage into black bars than the Z9D and, again, that may be due to the fewer number of dimming zones in its BMD.
However, the x-wide angle tech that the Z9G has (which affects contrast levels) might be to your liking in the big picture. Some of the Z9G owners have stated they really like it and see its value on larger screens, whereas the Z9D had a very narrow viewing angle which some did not like. So that may be an advantage of the Z9G vs. the Z9D if you value that element. Of course there's others who hate wide angle tech in general and don't mind narrow viewing angles if it means better blacks. So again, this area is subjective to each individual.
Another strength of the Z9G is the best HDR experience currently on the market, as it's been tested to achieve 4000 nits (whereas the Z9D didn't reach 3000). So that's an improvement over the Z9D.
Of course the final factor being 8K, an improvement in resolution over the Z9D. The importance of 8K has understandably been brushed off by most at this point due to the lack of 8K content. However, some reviewers have made a fair point in that 8K content from the studios is not going to come until 8K panels/devices become more mainstream. So the content will come and probably a lot faster than people think. And the X1 Ultimate chip was made for the purpose of rendering native 8K content and upscaling 4K content to 8K, so you would have that upscaled enjoyment now.
As for Samsung, I'll reiterate by saying that withholding Dolby Vision from its customers is utterly ridiculous and that immediately rules them out for me. In addition, I've never liked Samsung's color replication and oversaturated look they push. It just lacks that genuine, realistic cinematic feel to the picture.
But in the end, you need to figure out what picture quality elements mean the most to you. The 85" size is finally becoming more mainstream now so you have plenty of options.