Originally Posted by blurredvision
I'd like to get a couple of quick recommendations. I've whittled my choices down to two TV's and I'm not sure which way to go. The use of the TV will honestly vary widely between normal HD broadcast over DirecTV, some gaming on both the PS3 and 360, and blu-rays. I'm looking to upgrade over my 3.5 year old Vizio 42" Gallevia, which is just your standard 60hz LCD tv from yesteryear. It's been great, but I want to move into the world of LED, blacker blacks, and 3D.
The first TV I'm considering is the Vizio XVT3D474SV. I really like what I hear about the picture quality and all the features it has. I understand the 3D isn't the best, but I'm willing to sacrifice a little bit in that department since I see 3D as an added plus, not what will define the TV for me. I checked out this model at Sam's today and I really love the blacks and the picture overall. Plus it's on sale for the next few days, which is always nice.
The second TV I'm considering is the Samsung UN46C7000WF. At the current moment, the Samsung is essentially $200 more than the Vizio, but does come with a free blu-ray player (which I don't need), 2 glasses and a set of Shrek movies. The Vizio comes with nothing extra, it's just the TV. I was more impressed with the picture on the Vizio at Sam's than I was with the Samsung at Best Buy, but it's obviously hard to compare with different sources at completely different stores.
Even still, I'm posting this on a Saturday afternoon. While the Vizio sale will still be going for a few days, the Best Buy sales may change tomorrow.
If you had to pick between the two, which would you pick and why? Thanks a lot for any suggestions.
Here's what I'm doing later today: (1) Returning my Vizio XVT473 to Wallyworld, where I bought it Dec. 24; and (2) heading to Sam's to pick up a Vizio XVT474 3d set, which is currently on sale at a price that's only $100 more than the XVT473 I bought in Dec.
There's lots of sets that would be fine. I looked into Sammy 7000 (and even 8000) plasma sets currently on sale (new models will be out in a few months), and the LG 50PX950 plasma, also on sale. These would have better 3d, but that's not a major consideration right now. For only $100 more, I'll get the newer Vizio to get 3d, but without a doubt there will be significant changes in 3d sets in the next few years, so it's not worth jumping through hoops to get one version or another right now.
These sets are all on the CNET "best" list. In addition, the Vizio XVT3 series was one of the two CNET "Editors Choice" selections for 2010 (with a top-of-the-line Panasonic), which is a big deal.
I don't have the time or inclination to spend days trying to compare all these sets. There's no way to do a one-on-one with them, anyway, as no one dealer here carries more than the two Sammys together. Also, I'm don't want to fool with plasma "break-in" procedures for 150 hours, and my wife won't tell any difference between the sets, anyway.
Another consideration is that a lot of the image quality comes from the quality of the source material, not just the TV. For example, one thing I noticed is that the sharpness of the Vizio is such that I can see when one of the cameras on a TV show (like an evening talk show) is slightly out of focus. Like is true with audio equipment, the quality of the output is only as good as your weakest component.
Anyway, I figure I've done enough research already, and am going to get the Vizio while the sale is on, and go on down the road. It'll be great, and I already know it's a huge positive change from the Sony 32" CRT set we had before.