Originally Posted by idealsupra
Hey guys. I have read all 125+ pages of this thread, clicked on most links throughout and looked at both an 80" model and a 60" model.
I have also read all 65+ pages of the Sony R550A thread.
I just cant make up my mind. Price is basically the same, they are $1 apart on Amazon (not counting my $100 for being Amazon prime member). Ive seen a bunch of great reviews for both models but Ive also seen some bad reviews for both models. They have very similar specs aside from the Vizio being 240hz and the Sony is 120hz.
I feel like Im leaning towards the Vizio but seeing as Ill be ordering from Amazon Id really like to get this right on the first shot.
I dont care about the remote issue as I wont be using the one provided anyway. Im interested in the 3D but its not a deal breaker for me either way, just a side bonus. Im looking at the 70" version of each model. Off angle viewing seems pretty similar with a slight edge to the Vizio from what I can see/read.
My main uses will be gaming, sports (big time hockey and football), and every day watching normal HD channels as well as bluray movies here and there. So I want little to no blurring with fast motion. Seems the Vizio is slightly better at this than the Sony.
Someone help me make a decision please!! Ill be upgrading my 42" LG LH90 that I absolutely love the picture but I really want something much bigger, hence the 70".
Also as a bonus question, has anyone ordered a big TV from Amazon? Do they deliver on Sundays?
Thanks for any help guys!
If you read all 125 pages of this thread, you have probably already read that I had the Sony 70R55A for about a month, but I returned it for my Vizio 70 incher. I simply wasn't as happy with the Sony as I am with the Vizio.
First, they both have an "effective" refresh rate of 240hz. They are both native 120hz, but with computer enhancing, that can be brought up to 240hz, depending on whether you turn Vizio's "smooth motion" or Sony's "motion flow" on or off. I have no idea why, but the Sony had problems with fast motion in both 120hz and 240hz. For example, when a golf shot is being tracked from the sky down to the green, you can see three golf balls on the Sony, in both modes. On the Vizio, this only happens when you turn the smooth motion on. It doesn't happen on every shot, but it was really disturbing to me on the Sony, since it was happening even with the motion flow off. Hockey and football look good on both sets. So does baseball and basketball. (I will issue this one caveat though. In my experience, how your TV handles sports is dependent on the source to some degree. I have noticed that some football channels here with Cincinnati Bell have better pictures than others. It is important to understand this so you don't blame a TV for what is really just a bad feed).
I can't comment on the 3D on the Sony, as I never tested that out, but it is fantastic on the Vizio.
Besides the issue with sports motion, the other issue that caused me to return the Sony was it's terrible off angle viewing. It washed out really bad when you got slightly off center. The off angle viewing on my Vizio is much, much better. I have to go greater than 45 degrees at a short distance to see a dramatic drop-off in picture quality. I have had my Vizio for over a month, and I am really happy with it, especially at this price point. I considered upgrading to the $3400 64inch Sammy plasma, but could not justify the price increase - or smaller screen. No, the TV is not perfect, but I don't think you can find a better TV over 65 inches at this price point. BTW, based on this thread, it seems like the 70 incher has fewer issues than some of the other screen sizes. No proof, just an observation. Good luck with your decision. Let me know if I can answer any specific questions.