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I just closed on a new townhome, and I'd like to get some advice from the pros and educated here at AVS Forums. I'll try to detail my situation, and get some advice on which way to go to get a good setup at a price not ridiculous.

We have an end unit. The logical place for the TV is on the common wall, but there is a good amount of sound-proofing I believe. The third floor only has 8 foot ceilings. The area in question has a very large wall that is about 17' wide. The furthest seat will be about 20' away from the TV wall. Seating wise, it will likely be a large U shaped sofa/sectional/etc. (not theater rows) There is a window up there, but the window coverings are called plantation shutters I think, and even during a bright day pretty much make the room pitch black when closed. As dark as a theater would be. There is also adjustable recessed lighting, so lighting doesn't seem to be an issue. The room will never be extremely bright from sunlight.

I need a new TV. My currently living room TV was a great buy 8 years ago, but is not up to par on image quality anymore. I bought a 49'' Sony 900E for my bedroom in January and it is so much better we barely use the living room TV for movies anymore. I taped out the dimensions of a 65'' and 75'' TV on the wall... and I've determined 65' is going to look awfully small, which makes my wallet an issue. Even 75'' wasn't ideal, but borderline acceptable. I started to think about projectors, but I haven't looked into them in so long I am in over my head, can they produce any blacks in a dark room at all?

I will say the blacks are REALLY a sore spot for me. I love OLED. I was hoping a 65'' would be good enough and I would buy a new 65' Sony OLED. I just really think 65'' is not going to do it. I like my Sony 900E, but you still can really see that halo when the lights are off, but great during a bright day. I haven't seen any 75'' OLED models that aren't ridiculous. I don't know if the X900F will be better on blacks than the 900E. I see it having more processing power and motion improvements (don't think the 900E has shown much weakness), but black levels seem like they will be similar to the current X940E.

I by no means require a Sony TV, I'm just a fan. LG seems to be up there with OLED, but from what I've seen of Samsung they are just bright room stars and are horrible in dark rooms. Is there a solution in the projection arena? Is the Sony Z9D any better than the 900E on blacks in a dark room? Does it compete with any LG or Sony OLED at all? I don't think I'll spend over $5000 on the whole setup. I have a pretty good Klipsch soundbar (R-20B I think) that I think will suffice on the sound as much as I'd love some floor standing speakers. If I found a TV for less, I might consider doing a surround system. Basically it's the TV. I think an 85" X900F TV might be the winner, but I expect the blacks aren't going to be so nice. I don't know if Sony is going to come out with a A8F OLED that is sub 5000 at 75". If so, maybe I would do that. Any thoughts? I think the best LED TV is going to be the new X900F... but other than an OLED hitting the market under 5k, do the projection options with any high end screen going to create a more uniform black level (maybe not as inky, but at least uniform) than a LED TV?

I guess this isn't what I thought it would be, basically it's not a discussion of my situation, but more TV advice for dark rooms.


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