My 8 Days with the M492i-B2
Last Saturday my 49" M series arrived and I started my analysis that night.
Since esthetics is subjective I will only say that material and build quality is quite good. I had no issues with the television's IR using my harmony 600 remote. I had no issues using the VIA apps plus, I find it responsive and vudu, Netflix and Amazon VOD performed as expected. That is not to say there weren't times where network congestion effected performance but that's not an issue with the television. Now onto PQ...
I too had slight darkening of the corners but I don't consider it much of an issue especially compared to the television's other PQ deficiencies.
Blooming is much less distracting from the 2013 edge-lit models though still noticeable where you expect to find it. With most content the overall effect is better black levels and contrast. Last year's dimming scheme IMO hurt PQ performance more than it helped, but now it's a definite plus overall. One deficiency of note is when there's a scene where one character is against a black background and another character is against a brighter background, when going from the character with the black background to the character with the lighter background it takes a moment for the disengaged zones to turn on so you notice a lightening against that character's background.
The top and bottom bars as expected were quite black given the matrix of the dimming zones but surprisingly the side bars though not as dark as the top and bottom bars were quite uniform. There is virtually no non-blooming light bleed issues.
Black levels depends on how you want to define it. In a zone where the LEDs have been turned off it's quite black but in a zone where there's highlights it's quite mediocre. Also, highlights are a little muted as a consequence of the dimmed zone. Scenes of the Shanghai skyline and the illuminated lanterns from Skyfall didn't have nearly the pop as my E7000. Also, these black levels have a very slight blue tinge to them but I don't think I would have notice it unless I was going from the Vizio to the Samsung.
I'm fine with the color accuracy, I'm more disheartened by the lack of color depth. It seems worse than the 2013 models and noticeably worse than my plasma. Various scenes from Downton Abbey and even the black and white Maltese Falcon have a one dimensional look to them in comparison to the E7000.
Uniformity is excellent but pan movement with the camera reveals banding. It was pretty bad when watching a couple of golf events yesterday. The 2013 models weren't nearly as bad as my sample.
Motion is another disappointment but it's typical of a LCD panel without engaging frame interpolation. Unfortunately engaging SME at any level gives you noticeable SOE which wasn't the case on the 2013 models. I auctioned 3 models last year and all them on the low stetting had a natural look with minimal SOE. A supposed improvement in my eyes is a step backwards.
I knew ahead of time that the 2014 M series didn't have top notch video processing but for the most part there weren't any issues with 480p and higher source content. But to my dismay there are at certain times where video noise is quite noticeable, dimly lit areas in particular.
Even though this is a secondary television I can't stomach all the PQ deficiencies. I applaud Vizio for investing in a FALD design but it's as they decreed the price can't go up and sacrifices were made elsewhere. What to do next? I'm not sure the P series will be much better in some areas and I may have to resort to getting the much, much more expensive F8500 while I still can. One thing is for sure, I no longer have much interest in the P series as a replacement for my current E7000. My hopes for a 70" screen I think went out the window.
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Last edited by venus933; 07-13-2014 at 01:37 PM.