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Moto111 03:19 PM 07-03-2014
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Bummer. Maybe someone near you has one already to show?
Nope that's why looking for advice from people who have been in my shoes

josephpearson's Avatar josephpearson 03:36 PM 07-03-2014
I've had mine since November and am very satisfied. I got this stand: http://www.bizchair.com/tpt83g29-inv.html and it has worked well

phildaant's Avatar phildaant 03:40 PM 07-03-2014
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I've had mine since November and am very satisfied. I got this stand: http://www.bizchair.com/tpt83g29-inv.html and it has worked well

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Moto111 03:42 PM 07-03-2014
So if you had the choices I presents would you do the 80 every time ?
josephpearson's Avatar josephpearson 04:22 PM 07-03-2014
Still learning the new interface. I got it corrected.
josephpearson's Avatar josephpearson 04:31 PM 07-03-2014
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So if you had the choices I presents would you do the 80 every time ?
For me, it was the best combination of price and picture. My living room is 16 feet across and with my chair a couple feet from one wall and the stand putting the tv about a 1-1.5 feet from the wall, I've got a very good picture with a good deal of immersion (sometimes when my wife's away I'll have my son and grandson over and we'll scoot in a couple of feet). At my distance the 4k benefit is small and the size factor means more to me. If I was 8 feet from the screen, I might feel differently. Every choice involves tradeoffs. Good luck.
xbones's Avatar xbones 07:43 PM 07-03-2014
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Since all my picture settings were unchanged from the 'calibrated' initial setting and I still got the reddish startup screen I factory reset the unit and since then I now get a greenish/yellowish tint to the startup screen and first 20 seconds of video. After about 20 seconds the picture changes and looks much more balanced. Very strange. Color and tint are both set at neutral (calibrated setting). I sure wish I could get this new firmware ver so I could do some calibrations.
With 1.08 I had No initial calibration color changes.. However after 1.34 came out I "sometimes" get the green calibration for about 15 seconds or so then goes away... But never happened with the older firmware.
Stephen1254's Avatar Stephen1254 05:22 AM 07-04-2014
I've had this set for 2.5 weeks now, and have actually read through all 1117 posts to see if anyone has posted about a problem I've had - a subtle constant flickering in the picture. I saw one post that mentioned it and that set was replaced. Mine is being replaced as well, with the new set arriving next week.

Having said that I will say my initial impressions of this set are pretty positive. The picture out of the box was pretty frightening, but I did a quick calibration with one of the several calibration settings that have been posted here, and got a more than reasonable picture. I'm coming from an Epson 5010 projector and a 120" screen, and the clarity of this picture is much better.

One thing I've done is use a Darbee Darblet visual engine, and for those who haven't experienced one, the difference in picture quality is pretty significant.

I also wanted to comment on viewing distances. Based on THX recommendations, we sat 12' from our 120" screen, to get their recommended viewing angle. In moving into a new house, with a smaller Media room, we decided to try a viewing distance of 8' from this 80" screen, to maintain the same viewing angle. That has worked just fine, with no visible pixels, at least with the Darbee.

So my fingers are crossed that the new set will work without issue. If so we will be quite happy, at least until we can get an 80" 4K OLED set for $3K!
Moto111 07:08 AM 07-04-2014
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I've had this set for 2.5 weeks now, and have actually read through all 1117 posts to see if anyone has posted about a problem I've had - a subtle constant flickering in the picture. I saw one post that mentioned it and that set was replaced. Mine is being replaced as well, with the new set arriving next week.

Having said that I will say my initial impressions of this set are pretty positive. The picture out of the box was pretty frightening, but I did a quick calibration with one of the several calibration settings that have been posted here, and got a more than reasonable picture. I'm coming from an Epson 5010 projector and a 120" screen, and the clarity of this picture is much better.

One thing I've done is use a Darbee Darblet visual engine, and for those who haven't experienced one, the difference in picture quality is pretty significant.

I also wanted to comment on viewing distances. Based on THX recommendations, we sat 12' from our 120" screen, to get their recommended viewing angle. In moving into a new house, with a smaller Media room, we decided to try a viewing distance of 8' from this 80" screen, to maintain the same viewing angle. That has worked just fine, with no visible pixels, at least with the Darbee.

So my fingers are crossed that the new set will work without issue. If so we will be quite happy, at least until we can get an 80" 4K OLED set for $3K!
So 80 vizio over 75 samsung ?
imster's Avatar imster 12:41 PM 07-04-2014
Can someone please tell me exactly where the IR sensor is on the TV panel - I want to add an extender emitter, but don't know where to stick it.


Thanks
phildaant's Avatar phildaant 01:05 PM 07-04-2014
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Can someone please tell me exactly where the IR sensor is on the TV panel - I want to add an extender emitter, but don't know where to stick it...
I remember having to aim bottom left corner when using firmware v1.09.
rotohead's Avatar rotohead 01:11 PM 07-04-2014
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Can someone please tell me exactly where the IR sensor is on the TV panel - I want to add an extender emitter, but don't know where to stick it.


Thanks
The only picture in the user manual. Hope the picture can be seen. Can't seem to get the image to display in the msg body.
If I were to guess I'd say the ir sensor is a part of the light. I have mine set to light up whenever the TV is powered on.
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imster's Avatar imster 02:05 PM 07-04-2014
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The only picture in the user manual. Hope the picture can be seen. Can't seem to get the image to display in the msg body.
If I were to guess I'd say the ir sensor is a part of the light. I have mine set to light up whenever the TV is powered on.
That is what I thought, but cant find a way to check - tried covering with tape (blue painter) and it didn't make much difference. Perhaps not opaque enough??


The IR emitter is tiny, so placement will need to be correct.
PlayNice's Avatar PlayNice 02:22 PM 07-04-2014
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Originally Posted by Stephen1254 View Post
I've had this set for 2.5 weeks now, and have actually read through all 1117 posts to see if anyone has posted about a problem I've had - a subtle constant flickering in the picture. I saw one post that mentioned it and that set was replaced. Mine is being replaced as well, with the new set arriving next week.

Having said that I will say my initial impressions of this set are pretty positive. The picture out of the box was pretty frightening, but I did a quick calibration with one of the several calibration settings that have been posted here, and got a more than reasonable picture. I'm coming from an Epson 5010 projector and a 120" screen, and the clarity of this picture is much better.

One thing I've done is use a Darbee Darblet visual engine, and for those who haven't experienced one, the difference in picture quality is pretty significant.

I also wanted to comment on viewing distances. Based on THX recommendations, we sat 12' from our 120" screen, to get their recommended viewing angle. In moving into a new house, with a smaller Media room, we decided to try a viewing distance of 8' from this 80" screen, to maintain the same viewing angle. That has worked just fine, with no visible pixels, at least with the Darbee.

So my fingers are crossed that the new set will work without issue. If so we will be quite happy, at least until we can get an 80" 4K OLED set for $3K!

I have a Darbee and two other video processors Marvell QDEO and HQV Vida and I would say yes video processors on this TV do improve the PQ, however without it's still a good image.
phildaant's Avatar phildaant 02:31 PM 07-04-2014
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The IR emitter is tiny, so placement will need to be correct.
Didn't the newer firmwares fixed this issue?
Jasonn B's Avatar Jasonn B 09:12 AM 07-05-2014
I just want to say I still am in love with this TV.
blackssr's Avatar blackssr 09:26 AM 07-05-2014
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With 1.08 I had No initial calibration color changes.. However after 1.34 came out I "sometimes" get the green calibration for about 15 seconds or so then goes away... But never happened with the older firmware.
Same here. Only since the new firmware. About 10 seconds then color is normal.
phildaant's Avatar phildaant 09:53 PM 07-05-2014
Groovy, my parents' HDTV has v1.34 firmware when I checked earlier today. That didn't take long like getting v1.09.
blackssr's Avatar blackssr 09:57 AM 07-07-2014
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Same here. Only since the new firmware. About 10 seconds then color is normal.
I determined the cause of this issue on my TV. My tint was set for -1 on a custom profile. If I set to 0 the TV boots to normal colors every time. The minute I set the tint to -1 the TV boots up to slight green tint for about 10 seconds then returns to normal color. Strange for sure. Not sure what to make of it. At the moment i am leaving it on -1 to see if anything else weird happens. This issue only came to light after the update to firmware 1.34. I do not believe it is a hardware issue as I hope Vizio will correct with next update. The TV was fine with firmware 1.25.
innuss's Avatar innuss 07:30 PM 07-07-2014
Came home from a week long vacation & my firmware was updated from 1.25 to 1.34.
My calibration settings were not erased. It would be nice to know what enhancements/fixes were included in all of the firmware updates to this point.
This TV sure is nice. My parents have a old 46 DLP Samsung w/ a fading lamp..
rotohead's Avatar rotohead 07:42 PM 07-07-2014
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Came home from a week long vacation & my firmware was updated from 1.25 to 1.34.
My calibration settings were not erased. It would be nice to know what enhancements/fixes were included in all of the firmware updates to this point.
This TV sure is nice. My parents have a old 46 DLP Samsung w/ a fading lamp..
It would be nice if Vizio had a release notes link but since they control firmware access I don't see them changing the way they do things.
I've had this tv for a month. Went from 1.30 to 1.34 and didn't notice any additional features but I did notice a significant improvement how the remote functions and overall stability. Not as many freezes and more responsive overall. I use a Harmony Ultimate system and it has worked well along with the Vizio remote. One IR and one wifi.
sid369's Avatar sid369 05:16 AM 07-09-2014
I got the 80" M from Costco about a month ago for the living room, but I am not sure if I want to keep it or return it. I have a 3 year old 55" LG in the bedroom and I now understand how good the LG wand type remote is its so easy to navigate around and type things.

The LG also has a nice POP to its picture and I tried a few of the settings shared here and find that I like more pop and the settings here are a little muted for my taste. The seating distance is about 16 feet and I don't think I can afford the sharp 80 so it will be either a size downgrade or keep this tv.

The lack of codec support to play mkv files through usb is also very annoying.

Anyone has settings that make the pictures pop?
Citivas's Avatar Citivas 07:14 AM 07-09-2014
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I got the 80" M from Costco about a month ago for the living room, but I am not sure if I want to keep it or return it. I have a 3 year old 55" LG in the bedroom and I now understand how good the LG wand type remote is its so easy to navigate around and type things.

The LG also has a nice POP to its picture and I tried a few of the settings shared here and find that I like more pop and the settings here are a little muted for my taste. The seating distance is about 16 feet and I don't think I can afford the sharp 80 so it will be either a size downgrade or keep this tv.

The lack of codec support to play mkv files through usb is also very annoying.

Anyone has settings that make the pictures pop?
Yeah, I'm in the same boat. Got it from Costco about a month ago because of the 3 month return period to see if I could love it or would need to shell out much more for one of the Sony, Samsung, LG or Panasonic 4K sets in this size range. I have not seen "pop" from the picture either, despite trying most of the posted settings here. It's not bad, it's just meh. I have the additional problem of coming from 65" plasma sets which I still use in other rooms. And by comparison, I just can't get comfortable with the picture so far. When I view my plasmas I feel like I am seeing a smaller version of what I saw in the theater. When I view the Vizio I feel like I am seeing a more washed out version that was re-shot with video cameras (and this is true even with the motion enhancement and other processing effects set to Low or Off -- though with off motion is really bad with this set). For native (i.e. not movies) TV content and animation, the sharpness of the LCD is an improvement. But for movies or high end shows shoot to look like movies -- i.e. everything on HBO, etc. -- it's distracting. Perhaps it wouldn't have been if I hadn't been used to plasma, but I am.

The "pop" you are talking about is a bit of a different, but related issue. It is really a collective function of how good the black levels are (which improves contrast which contributes to the perception of "pop", and how accurate the colors are -- though pop can also be achieved through overly saturated colors too). Neither of these is a strong suit of this Vizio.

My problem though is I am not sure how much better the far more expensive sets will be for me or if my issue is having been spoiled by plasma. And since it takes calibration to really know, I'm not sure seeing demos in the store will really answer that. I am reluctant to give the Vizio up -- I really like the UI, the amount of picture customization settings, my screen doesn't have any major light bleeding issues, no banding etc. -- to play the panel lottery with the other brands, all of which seem hit and miss on whether you get a good panel or bad panel.

So really undecided. I have another couple months so I probably will live with it another month before making any decisions. Good luck with yours.
Jasonn B's Avatar Jasonn B 10:07 AM 07-09-2014
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Originally Posted by sid369 View Post
I got the 80" M from Costco about a month ago for the living room, but I am not sure if I want to keep it or return it. I have a 3 year old 55" LG in the bedroom and I now understand how good the LG wand type remote is its so easy to navigate around and type things.

The LG also has a nice POP to its picture and I tried a few of the settings shared here and find that I like more pop and the settings here are a little muted for my taste. The seating distance is about 16 feet and I don't think I can afford the sharp 80 so it will be either a size downgrade or keep this tv.

The lack of codec support to play mkv files through usb is also very annoying.

Anyone has settings that make the pictures pop?
You can stream mkv withtvmobili
laserjock II's Avatar laserjock II 10:29 AM 07-09-2014
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You can stream mkv withtvmobili
Jasonn,
What cal settings are you using?
I'm still on the fence about buying this set but see where you're happy with yours.
Jasonn B's Avatar Jasonn B 10:52 AM 07-09-2014
Calibrated dark, with brightness up a little. Also, remember, most cable boxes can't do full 1080p. If you want to experience it really good, blurray quality.
innuss's Avatar innuss 11:18 AM 07-09-2014
In 2000, I bought a 43' Toshiba. It wasn't HD so in 2003 I upgraded to a Mits 65611. Beautiful picture but sure was big (340 lbs). It died in May of 2009 so I got a Mits 73737. I really have enjoyed this set & now have it in my cave. This May I talked my wife into letting me get the M801d. I was on the fence for the 1st couple of weeks but I think the combination of getting used to the size of the TV & using PlayNice's settings back in post 1062 have made me very happy. I have noticed that because the TV is so large, if you have a mediocre satellite feed (I have Direct TV), the imperfections are magnified. Where this TV really shines is watching blue-ray movies although I have been quite pleased while watching the World Cup on ABC/ESPN.
The bottom line for me is that this is the best bang for the buck that I see out there. My room has too much light for a projector & I had a hard enough time convincing my wife to spend $3000 on this
laserjock II's Avatar laserjock II 02:11 PM 07-09-2014
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In 2000, I bought a 43' Toshiba. It wasn't HD so in 2003 I upgraded to a Mits 65611. Beautiful picture but sure was big (340 lbs). It died in May of 2009 so I got a Mits 73737. I really have enjoyed this set & now have it in my cave. This May I talked my wife into letting me get the M801d. I was on the fence for the 1st couple of weeks but I think the combination of getting used to the size of the TV & using PlayNice's settings back in post 1062 have made me very happy. I have noticed that because the TV is so large, if you have a mediocre satellite feed (I have Direct TV), the imperfections are magnified. Where this TV really shines is watching blue-ray movies although I have been quite pleased while watching the World Cup on ABC/ESPN.
The bottom line for me is that this is the best bang for the buck that I see out there. My room has too much light for a projector & I had a hard enough time convincing my wife to spend $3000 on this
Any 3D and if so, thoughts on it?
Citivas's Avatar Citivas 02:17 PM 07-09-2014
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Any 3D and if so, thoughts on it?
I've done numerous 3D blu-rays from my Oppo 103D player (Gravity, the latest Hobbit movie, Titanic, etc.). Meh. To me, I really notice the vertical resolution loss. Gravity just didn't look as impressive as it did on my active 3D plasma set. But others in my household weren't as picky -- they still prefer seeing it in half-resolution passive on 80" to the headache-inducing active 3d on our 65" plasma.
rotohead's Avatar rotohead 04:31 PM 07-09-2014
Had this Vizio for over a month now and finally got firmware 1.34. Calibrated it using the Disney WOW disc. I get my signal from Directv, watch mostly live sports in HD, premium movie channels and bluray. I also have a five year old Panasonic 60" plasma and a 60" Samsung plasma. Other then the off center viewing difference between plasma and LED I'm quite impressed with this mammoth tv for the price. The Panasonic has always been a excellent picture but I'm keeping this Vizio with no regrets. Bluray is outstanding and even streaming Netflix via the app is almost just as good. Of course Netfix quality will hinge on the internet speed (I have Charter cable modem testing at 40Mbps) and the app loads fast and functions smoothly most of the time. Amazon Prime is about the same as Netflix. My neighbor has a 60" Sony 4k and he impressed with the Vizio too. If he could do it over again he'd go with the Vizio and save a couple grand. Looking forward to football season.
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