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Well, this 80" LCD panel is sourced from Sharp, so you can expect similar performance as the Sharp 844/757/857 line of 80" HDTVs insofar as contrast, brightness, colors and sharpness are concerned, but i imagine that Vizio uses a different video processing chip than Sharp's proprietary scaler.
On the other hand i see some of these 80" Sharp models selling online for as low as $3,500.00, so why all the excitement about this model from Vizio which has a msrp of $4,000.00 ? Are they to be found at significantly less pricing than Sharp's line of 80" HDTVs ?
Sound&Vision magazine tested one of those Sharp 80" models some months ago and the review can be found at their website, but i don't think you're going to enjoy what the reviewer had to say about the unit; On the other hand, the AVS threads on these various Sharp 80" HDTVs have many/many satisfied owners, just make sure it is delivered or carried home safely and properly.
I would add : buy from a local retailer that offers hassle-free exchanges and returns thus avoiding huge shipping charges, in case your unit displays unsatisfactory levels of "edge light bleeding", "banding", very poor white field and black field uniformity, too many obvious dead pixels, etc.
Every time i go to my local Best Buy store i find myself standing in front of their Sharp 80" display model completely mesmerized by that huge, flat video display with such amazing detail and, to my eyes, excellent black level, contrast and colors.
Let us know what you think of your unit once it is all set up and calibrated...