Jeff M. on Amazon
5 years ago
09/20/2016, 11:18 AM
Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated
I first bought the Samsung UN65KS8500, new, but returned it to upgrade to an open box version of this Sony. Cost me an extra $100. On the Samsung, I was getting motion blur when watching sports, and couldn't figure out how to adjust the settings to get rid of it. Perhaps I jumped the gun, because I don't find many complaints about motion blur in the Samsung reviews. I did adjust the settings as per instructions from various 3rd parties found, for example, on youtube. But, for me it wasn't helping, and I needed to be done with TV shopping. So, I reboxed it and schlepped it back to the retailer, solo, no less, and made the switch. It took all my strength. Other than that one issue, the Samsung was fantastic.
However, this too is fantastic. It's even amazing. I have it at the foot of my bed, and it makes me feel like I'm at Time Square. And definitely no motion blur. The best thing about it is the upscaling of 1080i content on cable. Wow. Likewise with DVDs. I also bought the Samsung UBD-K8500 3D Wi-Fi 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player. Also glorious. The regular DVDs look about the same to me as the blue-rays, when upscaled. Both look great. Have not tried the 3D yet, but I am anxious to find out if it works. Will report back. Also looking forward to trying native 4K DVDs, but I do not intend to buy any.
To compare the 2 TVs, I would have the say the Samsung colors are super saturated. This is why I bought one in the first place. I love color. But, with a screen this big, it's almost too much. The Sony colors are almost as saturated, and this is more than enough. I would not choose to increase the color saturation. HDR is fantastic.
As far as the TV bending, I don't believe it's really an issue. It's like when the iPhone 6 plus came out and people said it bent. Well, we now know those reports were exaggerated. Of course if you sit on a large cell phone, or place massive weight on a 65 inch TV during shipping, they will bend. That apparently never happened to my TV set, because it's as straight as an arrow.
I will be keeping an eye on Samsung 4K TVs in the future for signs of motion blur. I'm curious to see whether they measure up to the Sony in this regard. Next time I'm at a sports bar, will check it out.
I can say the blacks are blacker on my Sony. And, the reports of white light coming thru at the edges is not something to worry about with the 930D. That issue is completely put to bed. The 930D doesn't have this problem.
The only thing I wonder is whether an OLED TV would be noticeably better. When I bought the Sony, I also had the choice of getting a 65 inch OLED, but 2015 model. All the sales people agreed, last year's OLED is not as good as this year's HDR. I agreed, the 2015 OLED did look a bit duller by comparison in the showroom. And I wasn't willing to pay the extra $1,500 for a 2016 OLED.
That said, I cannot find a single thing to complain of with the Sony. Will let you know about the 3D and native 4K movies once I try them.