Originally Posted by KC-Technerd
Thanks! I appreciate the opinion of anyone who has gone from from the A3000 to the Sony X900F or the LG 8 series. I'm hoping to go at least 70" as my KDS-60A3000 was a compromise. It replaced a KDF-70XBR950 when the KDS-Z70XBR5 that I was really hoping for was cancelled. The 77" LG or the 85" Sony are very tempting. And now there's the 82" Samsung Q900 8K that the AVSForum reviewer thinks is the best TV ever. I recommended a Samsung KS8000 to a friend a couple of years back based on what I read about it at the time. Some of the menu limitations on it and the obviously changing backlighting are rather annoying to me, and I'm glad I didn't buy one for myself, which leaves me with doubts about the new one as well.
My 2 cents: Went to XBR-65X900F more than a month ago, after KDS-60A3000 (used for more than decade) developed vertical blinking lines. While X900F is "step up" in technology, all the issues are annoying enough on X900F, that so far it's difficult (for me) to watch something and really enjoy it as it was/is possible with A3000. Still run A3000 in other room for comparison. No question, time spent with A3000 allowed to ignore the problems of A3000, so would expect similar effect with X900F.
Primarily - and don't know why yet - I would consider relative upscaling quality (which a lot of people consider very good on X900F) and picture envelopment (cleanness?) of A3000 much better than X900F at "similar direction" of the settings. Still working on them thou.
Also, while bad viewing angle of X900F is "advertised", but (to me) A3000 has much better consistency of picture at different horizontal viewing angles. Even if some qualities of a picture are probably better on X900F at a "bad" angle. But inconsistency between sides of the screen, even moving from one seat to another (at ~6m from screen), is very visible on X900F. X900F also has very visible work of local dimming. While on some inside shots some wall on A3000 may look like constantly lit by light in adjacent room, but with X900F it looks like somebody is flipping the light switch constantly. Known issue of "dirty" corners of the X900F also does not help to enjoy the picture.
What would mention as pluses (to me) versus A3000 - 65X900F supports fixed pixel mode, and supports 25/50 frames per second and (at least partially) PAL.
In general, I think, Sony has that special ingredient, which makes TV picture good/better than others, so may be higher end Sony model in a year or so, would be a good next step from KDS-..A3000 for a decade to come.