Three MORE REVIEWS RE: X950G AND IT’S ‘DARK ROOM’ /CONTRAST PERFORMANCE:
I. Techradar.com review
Reviewer concludes his section on HD/SDR content saying, “HD/SDR Performance TL;DR: Overall this is a superb screen
for HD/SDR content thanks to its great upscaling, motion processing and controversial (but appreciated) Live Color feature.”
“Just as amazing is that, even at its peak brightness above 1,000 nits, the TV doesn’t suffer from any severe blooming or haloing, and black levels stay relatively dark
. Admittedly Sony still has a little room to go in making the black levels in 4K/HDR content even darker - this LED/LCD screen is no match for OLED - but black level performance is still pretty impressive in its current form
Reviewer concludes saying “4K/HDR Performance TL;DR: The X950G is a fantastic screen
for 4K/HDR content thanks to its bright, accurate images and neat Netflix Calibrated Mode...However, taken by itself, the Sony X950G is an immaculate 4K TV.”
II. 4K.com review:
“On two particular fronts, the X950G is in fact simply exceptional
at least from what we’ve seen so far in the 4K HDR TVs we’ve reviewed. Where the X950G excels particularly is in its color performance, peak brightness and motion handling specs. Since all three of these are so important for high-performance picture rendering, they combine to make this a truly strong television for nearly anything you’d want to throw at it
. Let’s get down to our breakdown of the specific things we most liked.
As a companion spec to the color performance we just described above, there is the local dimming of the Sony X950G. This particular 4K TV comes with full-array LED backlighting with multi-zone local dimming. In basic terms, this means that the whole back of the display is covered by illuminating LEDs and that they can be turned off in different compartmentalized zones to create stronger, deeper dark/black levels as needed for contrast in content. The local dimming itself in the X950G is very good, precise and creates only minor light bleed.
More importantly though, it allows for HDR content to display very strongly and for colors to stand out more vibrantly on the screen.
Overall HDR delivery
The overall effect of the above-described color, brightness and local dimming specs in the X950G is that they work together to make one spectacularly powerful HDR TV that can absolutely impress with the way in which it renders high dynamic range content. Movies and TV shows from streaming or disc sources, whether they’ve been mastered in HDR10 or Dolby Vision, will play back on this Sony television model beautifully. You can essentially enjoy them to their fullest
and without being left with the feeling that something of the intended HDR was lost in translation as it reached your display. In other words, as a full HDR 4K TV, we absolutely recommend the X950G for the quality it offers.”
“Black Level, Local Dimming and Contrast are all crucial display specs for any television (and especially for any HDR 4K TV). Furthermore because they also interplay with each other as far as display performance goes, they need to be covered together.
As far as all of these specs go in the Sony X950G, what you get is some very good performance on black level and contrast combined with excellent performance on local dimming and superbly even black uniformity when local dimming is activated.
The uniformity decreases with minor clouding visible if local dimming is turned off
though. More specifically, the X950G offers a general black level that is excellent (with local dimming) and sits well within HDR10 standards at less than 0.019 nits,
and this TV’s overall black uniformity is remarkably good
and evenly dark if local dimming is on
(it can be activated or deactivated in the X950G’s picture settings). There is however some clouding near the outer areas of the screen that becomes visible without local dimming
in a darker room, and a halo “blooming” effect becomes even more notable if the X950G is being used to display bright content against a dark background. This is even more visible in a room with no lights on.”
“Value for Price & Bottom Line
In our final overall analysis, we have to say that we really appreciate the quality of the Sony X950G and think it’s almost entirely an excellent 4K HDR TV for any normal use. “
“Fortunately, the X950G is capable of the sort of contrast that we've come to expect from elite TVs in this price range
These are quotes of other experts in the business. They completely corroborate my own first hand in-home experience of the X950G and how it handles -when properly tweaked, blooming, haloing. As well as it’s overall depth of blacks. And as I have said now many times, if Contrast, brightness and black level
are tweaked, it’s performance becomes even better....and I’ll say it again, though I LOVE the blacks of my C8, I can watch or play anything I want on the Sony, for as long as I want and not have to quiet that voice in my head, ‘Are you risking BI’? 😏
Finally, remember ALL OLED OWNERS: The manufacturer’s themselves -not myself, warn that movie watching with black bars can cause BI. AND (as if that is not enough), BI according to the manufacturer’s, is a cumulative effect
. For those who don’t grasp the obvious
significance of this fact, it means that it does not
matter (as many suggest) whether the BI occurred over a short time (as in static images left on screen for 20 hours at once, OR, a static image on screen for 1 hour over 20 days. long etc) the pixel stress created, or the end result
is the same! Folks, that is a serious
concern. So just because many of you have not yet
experienced BI, according to the manufacturer’s themselves (I did not invent this. Sony stated this in an interview with ‘Forbes’ which is cited earlier on), it appears that it may I]almost[/I] inevitable over time.
CAVEAT: If there are those who think that such a warning is justified on such a ‘premium’ tv, at such premium price points - not everyone who bought an OLED waited until they dropped in price, that is for each person to decide.
I TRULY LOVE the picture quality my C8. Watching ‘Exodus: God’s And Kings’ 4K Blu Ray (a ‘Reference’ quality’ 4K disc to be sure), while it looked amazing on the X950G (), it looks I fully admit
[/B] , MUCH more
amazing on my C8. It’s so darn good, I’m simply floored! Never seen anything this good
..but the risk remains. :co
Nothing more to add to this particular thread. It’s been fun though.