Originally Posted by BLeClair12
So, after seeing the supply declining rapidly, I bit the bullet and took a chance on a Sam's Club Auction late last week when I saw them putting up lots of '13 Vizio M models.
I knew I was playing the lottery, hearing a lot of horror stories about Sam's Club Auctions, but I set some price guidelines for myself and figured I'd chance it, knowing at absolute worst, I'd return it and be out the $25 it cost to ship it.
I ended up winning an M601d-A3 for about $880 after tax, shipping, and the cost of my membership figured in. Hard to beat that price. I waited patiently for it to be delivered, all the while afraid they might be sending me the wrong TV (the weight on FedEx tracking was off by about 20 pounds.) But, alas, it was the correct model, and the box was in great condition, save for a few dings here and there that simply looked like shelf-wear.
I opened it up this evening and hoped for the best. I turned it on and was met with a surprisingly uniform Vizio home screen. My experience only continued up from there. I found a mostly uniform screen, with the small imperfections seemingly hidden beautifully by the smart dimming feature. I've only played around minimally with color settings and whatnot. Out of the box was ok at best, but lowering the backlight and some of the other jacked up settings quickly match it watchable. I'll do a whole bunch of correction when I get it on the wall this weekend.
Tested some Blu-Rays, some 3D Blu-Rays, and was impressed all around. The smart-dimming "banding" seen during credits was noticeable, but not bothersome. I'll take black blacks over murky gray in exchange for imperfections like that.
It came with firmware 1.25 out of the box. I quickly checked for any clock or manual 3D issues and found none. Everything is good. I wish I could find a way to force the update before I go on a picture-correction binge this weekend when I get it on the wall.
Incredibly happy that I seemed to have "won the panel lottery", so to speak, while still getting a fantastic deal.
glad you like your TV....out of all the models, the M60s seem to have the least issues by far as well as the best layout for the LEDs or something(i remember someone posting a diagram that shows why this is true).
the firmware update isnt that important IMO, you can achieve beautiful settings without the newest update. I highly recommend 3D content with this TV. I'm watching some right now and its just amazing how much depth this set has....my parents own either a SHARP or SONY with active-3D and its hilarious how much better my set does 3D(passive with any cheap 3D glasses you'd like).
Anyways on that note, I just wanted to update this thread and let them know I found another source of 3D content....I already mentioned how Comcast/Xfinity recently added a bunch of 3D HD movies for rental in the OnDemand menu(lego movie, gravity, Hobbit Smaug, 47 ronin etc etc)....I just recently discovered an ALL 3D channel which has so far been awesome; for me its channel #791
its called XF3D.
I'm watching a program right now its basically a visual documentary of the Wall of China shot in 3D....although the quality isnt quite as clean as a BluRay 3D, this is still one of the best displays of the M-Series' 3D prowess. there are some absolutely stunning shots in this program, its called "China Revealed" for those who are interested...the depth and pop is superb and adds a new layer of immersion. makes me sad that 3D was discontinued with the new model.