After some research and lots of store visits I purchased the Vizio M701d-A3R. This TV ROCKS! Vizio was not my first choice since I have historically bought Panasonic or Samsung all plasma's. I bought my set from COSTCO but I did look at Best Buy and some other specialty stores here in the Fort Worth area. COSTCO by far has the absolute best policies if there is an issue. My M701 cost me 1940 plus 89 for an additional 3 years warranty from Square Trade which gives me a total of 5 years protection.
After setting up the M701 my next step was this forum. I have read every single post on this thread and a few others. It has been an educational experience to say the least. One thing I have learned is that it is easy to get bogged down on issues that may or may not occur on any given persons set. Yes I see some light issues when the screen goes totally black for a second or two and yes the remote could be better....and I could go on but I have found any short comings found in the Vizio M701 to be minor in nature. Yes there are some extreme cases out there and I hope for those folks the return/warranty process works as it should. The bottom line for me is that the M701 has a fantastic picture, good features and most of all the price was right. Could I get better this or better that? sure....but I would have paid more and there would more than likely be some minor issue to deal with since no set in this price range is perfect.
The greatest thing about this forum is the people. I have reached out for assistance in picture settings and received quick knowledgeable assistance. My picture looks outstanding to say the least. Thanks folks..... Yes I did do some tweaking of my own and even used an app on my iPhone to finish things off. If anyone needs or wants help from what I have learned please feel free to ask but keep in mind I am no expert like some of the folks on this forum.
Vizio M701d-A3R connected to Yamaha RX-AV720 via HDMI with 5.1 surround
Mirage wall mounted speakers
Sony 3D Blu-Ray Player
I highly recommend Monoprice for cables and wall mounts. Great folks and excellent prices!
Remember it is entertainment and we will always chase technology.................