Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Colleyville, TX 76034
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So, I've had my 65A1E over the weekend, and I can safely say I'm very happy with it. Now, I'm coming from a Panasonic TC-P65VT50 which was a fantastic 1080P plasma display (never went to LCD/LED), so I knew from all the reading that 1080P on 4K was going to be tough to match (and I'm very picky with picture quality). After 4 days of watching with the A1E set to Cinema Pro, I can say the A1E is pretty close to the Panny. I haven't done any tweaks or updates to settings as I will get a few hundred hours on it before I do anything. So, I'm confident I will get the way I like it. As a note, my video source is my TiVo Roamio.
Now, as far as 4K, OMG!!! This thing is GOREGEOUS!! I also upgraded the receiver from a Yamaha RX-A2000 to an RX-A3060 and got the UBP-X800 player, and I can say the image from the Ultra HD disks are excellent. Planet Earth II is mind blowing. I've also played Arrival and the new Ghostbusters which I would say is on opposite sides of extremes (muted grays vs vivid colors). In both cases, the picture quality is definitely better than the standard Bul-ray/Plasma combination. Side note: No banding issues with Arrival, but I haven't been looking hard.
I also am running a Plex media server using an Intel Skull Canyon NUC. All movies are 1080P, and the picture quality is really good. Better than the TiVo 1080 output actually. I was able to sync up my Ghostbusters on the Plex and on the X800 and use the Yamaha to switch back and forth. You really get to appreciate the resolution and HDR that way.
I did hang this on a retractable wall mount. This wall mount was for my first Panny plasma back in 2006, so needless to say, its double wishbone arm is more than capable of supporting this monitor. I only have to worry about extending the arm a different way than the Sony. With the Panasonic, I would grab on either sided of the display from the back and pull out the arm and rotate the screen to point to my kitchen. The Sony screen is so thin, I'm worried it will crack. There is enough meat in the middle where the stand is bolted to the back of the screen.
Now a couple of issues:
1. Netflix on the TV appears to be better than Neflix on the X800. The TV picture seems brighter. Don't know if that's the Yamaha affecting the X800 input (which I have set to passthru essentially)
2. A couple of times throughout a movie playback on the X800, the screen blanks for less than a second. Not sure what's happening there. I'll have to run a cable directly from the X800 to the TV to see if it's the Panny or something else.
I'm in the DFW area, so if anyone knows of a good calibrator, please message me.
Last edited by amro; 05-02-2017 at 08:36 PM.