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Just reading up on this now & seems like the latest Samsung QLED’s & the Sony 9000F? are FALD sets?

 

if you had to pick one as best for Sports & Movies, 55” & under $2k, what would take your money?

 

cheers

matt

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Matt - for me personally, unless my viewing position was very close to the television, I would not waste my time investing big bucks for expensive OLEDs and high end LCDs at the 55" inch size.  In a 55" TV, sitting at a normal distance (2 - 3 metres) you can get quite an immersive viewing experience with a mid range set such as the Sony 900x or the Samsung Q6FN which can be purchased at discount prices due to the imminent arrival of 2019 models.

 

The 900F has the advantage of a full array panel with better local dimming, whereas the Samsung Q6FN will give you a nice punchy colourful picture (due to the quantum dots).  Both are available in 65" which in IMHO is a much better choice for watching movies at normal viewing distance. 

 

Over to you. 

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Thanks pc9,

I may stretch to 65" but I do have a Sony PJ in the room with a 100" screen so for "movie nights" I'm covered. Another reason I was thinking 55" was that they would be slightly cheaper so I could spend the cash on moving up the food chain, not size etc...

 

I take your point though & in all reality, I will be sat 3-4 mtrs from the TV so..."would I see any difference between say a FALD & non FALD panels?

 

The one thing I don't like is any kind of judder so as long as the panel is smooth, especially with sport...then I'll be happy.

 

Cheers

Matt

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Posted (edited)

I purchased the Sony 55” 900E, pretty much the same tv as the newer F series and I’m happy with it and haven’t had any issues with it. I came from a 50” Panasonic plasma and was worried about motion blur and grey blacks but it’s been good with neither being a problem..Don’t overthink it as you will never view 2 tv’s next to each other at home and I’m sure you will be happy with the Sony. My only regret is not getting the 65”...

Im actually keeping my eye out for the 65” and if it gets cheap enough I’ll probably grab one..

Edited by SCOOTER

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13 hours ago, mattjtaylor2809 said:

Thanks pc9,

I may stretch to 65" but I do have a Sony PJ in the room with a 100" screen so for "movie nights" I'm covered. Another reason I was thinking 55" was that they would be slightly cheaper so I could spend the cash on moving up the food chain, not size etc...

 

I take your point though & in all reality, I will be sat 3-4 mtrs from the TV so..."would I see any difference between say a FALD & non FALD panels?

 

The one thing I don't like is any kind of judder so as long as the panel is smooth, especially with sport...then I'll be happy.

 

Cheers

Matt

Scooter is on the money with the Sony 900e although you may struggle to find one as it was a 2017 model. The 900F is basically its sucessor and can be sourced for as low as $2200 (for the 65" version) in capital cities. The FALD wont provide a huge advantage at 55" over an edge lit set at your nominated sitting position.

 

Sony TVs generally provide the best motion handling with Samsung a close second. 

 

The main reason I have not considered an OLED is not image retention/burn in (I think this has been widely over exaggerated) but the issue of black crush in dark scenes which reduces shaddow detail. I have seen this in a number of household environments and also in store demos. 

 

Dont get me wrong, OLED produces some brilliant images but for me, as a movie watcher, its greatest strength being insanely dark blacks, is also its biggest weakness.

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Hi Matt. Pop over and have a look at the Panasonic fz950 oled 65 I got for 2888. Maybe  a bigger screen might mean not cranking the projector as much ;)

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Thanks for all the input to this thread but as we're going through kitchen & living room reno's & our home iMac has pretty much cr@pped itself, it looks like a home 2:1 laptop is of higher priority than a TV at this stage.

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If I may, I'll hijack this 55" thread!  I've posted in the "WTB" section, but thought I might duplicate it here just in case anyone has some good new purchase ideas!

 

Item: 55" Telly
Price Range: about $1k or so
Item Condition: New or Used
Extra Info:

Hey all.  I'm trying to delay getting a telly as 1) If i had it my way we'd not own a telly at all, and 2) I will finish building an entertainment unit later this year, so wanted to put off the inevitable 'till then.  Anyway, I lose all battles in this family, so here comes another one....

 

The setting and setup:

 

- Room is about 5x10m lounge/dining/kitchen.  It has loads of natural light, so I suspect we'll need a proper backlit unit that's good in high ambient light.

 

- sitting area is about 3m or so from telly (happy to hear advice regarding this and TV type and size).  Some seating is about 45deg off-angle (one couch parallel/one perpendicular to telly).

 

- will almost always run sound through stereo setup, so actual TV's sound not so important.  May eventually set up a surround system.  Maybe.

 

- I have a Chromecast thingy, and we have a PS4 (another lost battle).  We also mainly use a Panasonic DMR-XW450 DVD recorder unit, which suits our needs quite well and has gone strong for ages.

 

- to keep it in perspective, our current (only) TV is a Loewe Xelos CRT we bought new at an Encel sale in Richmond in the 90's.  It's perfectly fine as far as I'm concerned (although the adaptor array behind it has become rather inventive....).

 

- we have Netflix and free-to-air.  We don't get time for many movies, and don't intend to ever use spinny discs for movies.  My missus watches complete junk on free-to-air that makes my soul die a little at a time.

 

I am also open to buying new in the Easter sales if anyone spots any bargains! 

 

Let me know thoughts!  Mat

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Posted (edited)

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Sony-X90F-55-4K-UHD-Android-LED-TV-KD55X9000F/183753511776?epid=20019383744&hash=item2ac8901360:g:K-gAAOSwoj9bG0L9

 

Anyone have thoughts/experience on this Sony?  Comes in at $1516 wi5h the 20% discount code.....

 

one review mentions a minimal effective viewing angle.  If that’s true, then what unit would cover a wider angle well?

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10 hours ago, Mat-with-one-t said:

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Sony-X90F-55-4K-UHD-Android-LED-TV-KD55X9000F/183753511776?epid=20019383744&hash=item2ac8901360:g:K-gAAOSwoj9bG0L9

 

Anyone have thoughts/experience on this Sony?  Comes in at $1516 wi5h the 20% discount code.....

 

one review mentions a minimal effective viewing angle.  If that’s true, then what unit would cover a wider angle well?

If you desire an LCD TV with a wider viewing angle then buy one with an IPS panel. All LG LEDs and lower end Sonys use IPS panels however the trade off is poor contrast. Read a few reviews to learn about this issue in greater detail.

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2 hours ago, pc9 said:

If you desire an LCD TV with a wider viewing angle then buy one with an IPS panel. All LG LEDs and lower end Sonys use IPS panels however the trade off is poor contrast. Read a few reviews to learn about this issue in greater detail.

Thanks for that.  Yeah, it’s a case of practicality I suppose.  This is a room for all family use, not a home cinema, so nothing will be “ideal” - viewing at angles, lots of natural light during day and reflections at night.  As mentioned, sound duties will be via stereo, so no issues there.  Content mostly free-to-air and Netflix, with the kids also PS4.

What about the Pana’s?  They seem to consistently come in as the best compromise b/w picture movement/sharpness/colour/brightness/accuracy and overall build quality/reliability.....?

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On 09/04/2019 at 9:24 AM, christosd said:

Hi Matt. Pop over and have a look at the Panasonic fz950 oled 65 I got for 2888. Maybe  a bigger screen might mean not cranking the projector as much ;)

These seem to come reviewed well.  Is there a 55” version?

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On 14/04/2019 at 10:27 PM, Mat-with-one-t said:

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Sony-X90F-55-4K-UHD-Android-LED-TV-KD55X9000F/183753511776?epid=20019383744&hash=item2ac8901360:g:K-gAAOSwoj9bG0L9

 

Anyone have thoughts/experience on this Sony?  Comes in at $1516 wi5h the 20% discount code.....

 

one review mentions a minimal effective viewing angle.  If that’s true, then what unit would cover a wider angle well?

See my post on previous page regarding this tv.

I don’t get people worrying about viewing angles, how far off centre are people actually sitting..

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2 hours ago, SCOOTER said:

See my post on previous page regarding this tv.

I don’t get people worrying about viewing angles, how far off centre are people actually sitting..

At our place angle can be as much as maybe 75deg....

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Then go IPS LED or fork out some more bucks for an OLED.

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