I definitely must have this one. It's at Amazon for $1,047.90: https://www.amazon.com/Sony-XBR55...v-bs10b-20. It hasn't been on sale for three months, where Fry's had it last for $898: http://slickdeals.net/f/8679607-sony-55-4k-hdtv-xbr55x850c-free-shipping-at-frys-898?src=SiteSea
Any chance someone would know how long I would have to wait for this TV to be on sale again, at the $900 price or possibly even lower? I'm assuming there are no deals out for this currently, as someone would've posted it to slickdeals by now.
Why this TV? I wanted a TV that's good for gaming and that supports 4K, 3D, and 1080p @ 120 Hz. I went over to rtings.com, which has been really helpful, and searched their top gaming TVs that had these three features. The only results I found were the Sony X930D, the Sony X850C, and the Sony X900C.
The X930D's input lag is too high for gaming. The X900C has poor blacks and poor uniformity, and the poor blacks make this TV an absolute no-go for me. Black contrast is a pretty crucial feature for me in a display, and I would buy an OLED TV for exactly this reason if they weren't two to three times the price of a regular TV. So, I'd have to settle for an LED display that at least has a reasonable contrast ratio.
This leaves the X850C as the most ideal option. Its disadvantages are a limited viewing angle and poor gray uniformity, but I'm going to be sitting straight in front of this TV and using it primarily for single-person use as a gaming display and for movies and TV-watching with a group on rare occasions. The poor gray uniformity isn't ideal, but I'd rather have poor gray uniformity than a poor contrast ratio and poor uniformity.