From the "I still love my EX700" files:
I spent a long weekend playing with my brother in law's Vizio E3D470VX. It's a CCFL set with passive 3D and internet features. I was surprised at how bad this set, which is from about 6 months ago, performed with many of the basics. I knew it would have a lackluster black level going in. But that didn't excuse its awful (and undefeatable AFAIK
) black crush, terrible menu system, awful remote, and sluggish performance on internet features. The set took half a minute to "boot," features like Netflix and Hulu were slow as molasses and plagued by annoying interstitial screens, and no matter what picture preset I? tweaked, I could not get an acceptable gamma response in dark areas of the image. There was no gamma control, either. The 3D was OK, but didn't have me salivating to buy a new set by any means.
Say whatever else you want about Sony, but they can make a TV that works well and has features that don't make you want to tear your hair out. The EX700 has a smooth and efficient menu system (I will never complain about waiting for it to boot up again!), decent if dated performance on its internet features, and superb shadow detail.