Originally Posted by DrunkenTiger
How are they compared to the 2014 Vizio M series?
I've had 3 Sonys ,no complaints just bought one 4 mo ago that makes 4 . I would buy Sony myself over Vizio, M model notwithstanding or just about any LCD . just know they cost more .
I have not personally not seen the 2014 Vizio M models however only the E models and 2013 M
I have seen most of the 2014 Sony,Samsung ,Toshiba and some LG.
When I shopped I looked at a few of the 2014 Vizio E series with local dimming nothing to write home about the panels crushed shadow detail ,fine detail ,blacks and clipped bright whites but there are a lot worse sets out there also .
Keep in mind I'm much more picky about these things than the average person. and can clearly see the merit
in 9x Sonys ,Panasonic VT/ZT Plasmas and the Samsung f8500 and a lot of other plasmas and flat OLED if they ever make one ! I don't watch my sets at factory pre sets but prefer to calibrate them myself although there is plenty of merit in a professional calibration for many ,Almost any set can show significant improvement from a calibration
unless it is a miracle,malfunctioning , or a complete dog beyond help !
The Sony had a better picture did none of that the fit and finish was much better and as one would expect it cost more than a Vizio. Not too many LCD can make realistic color like a Sony almost all the reviews reinforce that .
Only ones I've seen in that neighborhood (as LCD goes ) where Samsung,Panasonic and Toshiba followed by LG.
They don't call it the 'Sony glow' for nothing '
I have 6 sets with the oldest including a 2012 Toshiba , a 2013 LG and ofc the newer R4 Sony and a 2013 Samsung Plasma .
The Samsung PDP is top dog here followed by the Sony LED then Toshiba and LG LED's in that order then the other 2 .
none of the brands mentioned here have a bad picture at all it's just that the 2 top dogs here are observably better . .
The Sony has Better panel specs ,blacks and contrast than the Vizios (key elements to a good picture ) I looked at without the need for local dimming which does not beat a better panel with better contrast or black levels (or picture quality ) but that can make the set seem better than it really is although it helps to a certain extent . OTOH local dimming won't perform miracles in this case.
There are things that cost less and seem better than really are .There are things that cost more and are truly better than the former . That would apply here IMO. Better panel and video processing beats inexpensive local dimming anytime ..
Not saying the Vizio is not a good value proposition it probably is
but since you asked if picture quality ,durability ,quality , fit and finish are priorities IMO there may be better (sometimes costlier) choices thats all . The 6x and 8x Sonys get good marks on picture quality ,fit and finish everywhere also.
Below are C nets comments on the Vizio M.
Cnet on Vizio M
The Good The Vizio M-Series delivers superb picture quality for the money thanks to its local dimming LED backlight. The picture provides deep black levels with little to no blooming, great bright-room performance and plenty of adjustments
The Bad Picture is not significantly better than less-expensive E-Series; color accuracy and video processing not quite as good as some competitors; below-average sound quality.
The Bottom Line Excellent picture quality, well thought-out features and distinctive design make the Vizio M-Series seem like a much more expensive TV than it really is.(I will add not necessarily a bad thing at all at the right price IMO )