Vizio M series from 2013 or 2014? Help me choose.
My 42" Samsung plasma finally died (or got enough lines I can't stand it anymore), and I'm in the market for a new TV. Here is the required information:
1. Budget = Less than $1200. Of course, I care about the price/PQ ratio. I'll looking for upper mid-range-ish.
2. Seating distance = ~16 feet
3. Size/placement limitations = 50-55", but no more. I have an ~48" width limitation. TV sits on an AV cabinet (no wall mount)
4. Uses and sources = Antenna, AV receiver, Roku, Gaming (HDMI for sure, composite desired but optional). I need at least 3 HDMI inputs, 4 or more preferred. I don't care about 3D
5. Room lighting = usually dim, but has large window opposite the TV that causes glare during the day
Here's where things get interesting. I've been looking at the M-series for a while, and comparing to it the Samsung UN50H6400. I've been debating if the price difference is really worth it, with the buzz that the M-series has been getting. While in the store the other day, they had an open box model of the M501d-a2r on sale for $525, and a reduced price on the extended warranty. All told, I got the M501d-a2r for about $600, including a 5 year warranty.
I got it home, got it set up and calibrated, and have been watching some shows (streaming from Netflix, OTA television, BluRay, and DVD) to run the TV through it's paces. After calibration, the picture is pretty nice. However, there are some spots where the backlighting is not consistent, which is a persistent problem with these models. Almost all of the issues (3 significant ones) are at the corners and edges of the screen. I could definitely live with it, but find myself wondering if I should.
I'm considering returning the edge-lit M501d for a full array M492i or M552i. I would give up the 5 year warranty, but the increase in cost will actually only be about $150. Is the 2014 model worth the upgrade, or should I stick with the deal that I've already gotten?
Please let me know if I should post this in another forum to get the best responses.
Thanks in advance for the advice.