Originally Posted by smeg36
I calibrated it with local dimming on since that was how I planned on viewing content. I have noticed some issues with the local dimming, mainly in a dark viewing environment with credits at the beginning or end of a movie. I've only seen the zones dimming or activating in normal content a couple times, and only once was it distracting from the scene I was watching. I don't have experience with other local dimming LCDs though, I've always had plasma until now.
How do the blacks on a dark scene compare to the plasmas you've had? Shadow detail?
Originally Posted by venus933
If you would imagine a 8R x 4C matrix on your screen you'll see blooming where you would expect to see it, credits at the end of a movie would be the most easy instances to spot. An interesting quark I noticed is when you have a scene where one character is against a black background and another character is against a lighter background, when going from the character against the black background to the character against the lighter background it takes a split second for the zones to engage (i.e., to lighten up). Overall the dimming scheme is a plus but its operation will be noticeable at times even in non graphical scenes.
For clarification, uniformity is excellent, you only see banding (DSE) when the camera pans. Other than blooming I noticed no light bleed issues. I had a 49" model which is a B2 model, apparently the B3 models are better with banding issues. Though the M series is one of the better LCD holding its own against the best 1080p displays from Sony and Samsung I doubt you'll like the M series as nearly as much as your 5300 if you have the same priorities as me for PQ.
The P series should be better in all aspects especially with video processing but if you followed the 2014 VE HDTV shootout even the LCDs with stratosphere prices were far from overwhelming to the participants.
I've heard the Vizo E and M series LED-LCDs are not quite up to plasma levels for home theater use (dim to dark room). However, if I do choose to get another set anytime soon (like 6 months to a year from now) I'm trying to see what the next best thing is considering my F5300 only cost me $650 at the time I got it (January 2014).
Originally Posted by Ph8te
Difference as far as we know is panel maker. There was discussion awhile back regarding this. Gathered from what we have gleaned from the manuals (like models share the same manual) it would seem to confirm the Panel/Bx never correlation.
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I wonder if it's like the Samsung panel lottery, which includes entirely different LCD matrix types (S-PVA, A-MVA, S-MVA, U2VA, etc.)
Originally Posted by venus933
No b3 panel for the 49" M but the mysterious 50" M (I say that because it hasn't been released yet and it's weird to have two models within an inch of each other) appears to be the only model to have the b1 panel.
Yeah I wonder what the differences between the 49" and 50" will be, if any. I still have a hard time understanding why the Vizio M series is so cheap price wise for the 49", considering it has 32 local dimming zones and is backlit instead of edgelit. I imagine video processing and calibration control issues are the main reasons why.
I've also been comparing the Vizio E and M series to the Samsung UN48H6350 and UN50H6203. Those models don't have local dimming but are backlit and with better frame interpolation and calibration controls. However, I wonder how much better they are then my 2012 UN46EH6030, which doesn't hold a candle to my F5300 in terms of overall PQ.