So, my wife and I have decided that, in lieu of giving each other Christmas presents this year, we will upgrade our television. We currently own a 52” SONY rear projection tv that I bought as an open box item about 7 or 8 years ago. It’s been an amazing tv and has treated me very well throughout the years. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it, and we plan on keeping it until it finally craps out on us, but we thought it would be nice to finally get them most out of the blu-ray player and HD satellite channels we’ve been paying for.
That’s where you come in – I’ve pretty much narrowed my options down to the 55” SONY HX850 and the 55” VIZIO M3D550KD, but I’m having a difficult time making a decision between the two. I think they both have pros and cons, and I’ve read countless reviews, opinions, and threads about them, but I just can’t pull the trigger. Here’s my thought process.
For the SONY HX850, I’m comfortable with the SONY brand, as I’ve had nothing but good experiences with their products. As I mentioned, my current tv is a SONY that has been a dream, and my other components (blu-ray player, receiver, surround sound) are all SONY products. From what I’ve read, the HX850’s picture is amazing, and it’s a frontrunner for best LED of 2012. I went to see it at a local HH Gregg, and wasn’t that impressed with the picture, but I’m not going to let that really play into my decision. The $1998.99 price tag doesn’t necessarily scare me away, but if I can find a comparable tv at a cheaper price, I’m willing to consider it. The only thing that really draws me back from the HX850 is the active 3D. From what I’ve read, I feel like I would be the kind of person who would lean toward passive 3D. My wife doesn’t and won’t watch 3D at all, so it would be something that I would be getting for my own personal enjoyment. I wear prescription glasses, and from what I understand, SONY’s active 3D glasses don’t mesh well with them. Furthermore, shelling out an extra $50-$100 per pair of glasses that only I, myself, would be using doesn’t really appeal to me.
Which brings me to the VIZIO M3D550KD. I haven’t seen one in person, but I’ve read that it has a very good picture, although not as good as the HX850. The $1298.99 price tag is also nice, and it has passive 3D which appeals to me more than the active 3D that SONY has. And it comes with 4 pairs of the passive 3D glasses. The thing holding me back from buying the M3D550KD is what I’ve read about VIZIO’s customer service, faulty units, frequency of repair, and out-of-warranty breakdowns. As I said before, every piece of SONY equipment I’ve ever owned has been great and lasted a long, long time. If I were to buy the VIZIO, I’d definitely buy an extended warranty on it just in case, but is the potential headache worth the $700 price difference?
So, what do you all think I should do? Should I pay more money for the SONY which I know and love, regardless of the active 3D drawback, or should I roll the dice on the cheaper VIZIO and hope I don’t have any major issues with it?