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The Z9D offers somewhat more onscreen brightness, however the 940E has higher native and ANSI contrast ratios according to professional test reports, and that indicates to me that it is capable of achieving a minimum black "floor" that is actually lower than the one achievable by the Z9D.
Both sets have the same X1 Extreme video processing chip and as far as differences in FALD performance, according to the same test reports, their implementations on both sets is so good and so close in performance that it makes it very/very difficult to count the number of dimming zones, no visible blooming/haloing discernable, no corner "flashlight", no "dirty screen effect", no bandings, etc.
I just purchased a Sony XBR-75X940E and i don't know if i was lucky or not but the screen of my set is flawless using test patterns to check for screen uniformity issues; Watching high quality content such as blu ray the picture is mesmerizing, especially the way it handles details in very difficult near-black scenes while at the same time being capable of displaying extremely bright highlights.
Anyone considering the purchase of the 75" Sony Z9D at twice the msrp of the 940E ought to read all reviews of both sets and then check them out at a store.