Originally Posted by Keithian
Thank you for that very detailed and thoughtful response . To be honest, I have no idea how much black levels and contrast are important to me because I don't have enough personal experience in different conditions to form a judgement. I only have my Elite TV and one stop at a Best Buy which apparently suckered me into drawing conclusions prematurely lol. I do feel that for viewing angle, that is not critical to me. 99% of the time, I am either directly in front of the TV or only about 2-4 feet over in either direction. What I want is good gaming response times, a stunning picture in all lighting conditions, maybe a little less glare then my Elite had, 75" or greater, and a price of under 13k... and as you alluded to I need to do more research in a variety of conditions and settings to figure out what that means to me. Thanks again.
Most important thing, don't feel like you have to force any purchase. Personally, having the 70" Elite myself, I couldn't justify anything as a true upgrade unless it was noticeably larger and OLED/emissive. And it would have to support Dolby Vision, since original DV masterings are about to hit shelves. I'd want to at least be future proofed as much as possible with HDR formats.
Waiting until a 77" OLED is in your budget would be the wisest choice IMO, as it would deliver the best PQ and satisfaction over the long-term. For now, at least you realize you're not willing to go less than 75". No matter what you read, see in person, or a salesman might try convincing you about, don't give up your size requirement
! And as others mentioned, for gaming bandwidth and resolution settings, the HDMI 2.1 spec might also be worth the wait for you.
However, if you eventually decide you must buy now and really want to keep things under $10K for example, I would not veer from the 75" Z9D or 940E models if you decide that an LCD is still fine for you.
Remember, there's at least 5 better FALD LCD options at 75" before the edge-lit Q9 which doesn't support Dolby Vision (no Samsung LCDs do for that matter). So even if push comes to shove and you decide you'll just get a cheap 75" LCD as a holdover for a couple years until larger OLEDs dip below $10K, even the Vizio P75 would give you Dolby Vision and a solid enough FALD implementation for your needs. So take your time and weigh your options, you still have one of the best 1080p FALD sets in the 70" Elite.