I finally decided to go to BB and scope out what they had and was majorly surprised at the amount of 4K models on display. Talk about pushing something. Gotta be some major profit here to make up for the past years of price cutting. I'm also surprised how many are sucked in with these considering the lack of viewing material available. I see some of these manufactures are claiming an increase in quality of 1080 material on a 4K set which is highly debatable AFAIC.
Anyway, the three sets left to right were a (what I thought was a 60") 55" Goldstar (LG) 4k model that I couldn't get the model number since the tag was so small. In the middle was the 60" Vizio and to the right was a 60" Samsung UN60D6400.
All all at the same height. AFAIK
, neither the Goldstar nor the Sammy had local dimming and both were edge lit unlike the Vizio.
As it stood, I believe at the default settings, I immediately noticed the Vizio had a lack of detail that was very noticeable in the faces. The 'not the best' 'loop' BB runs does have a couple of scenes that are good for comparison, namely one with a girl staring out in the distance doing a slow turn. The clip was only a few seconds but long enough to make the comparison (if your eyes are fast enough). The LG and Sammy had a clear edge, but both appeared to have a 'enhanced' look to them. Looking at the small 'fine print' text at the bottom of th screens during a couple of the portions of the loop confirmed this with obvious overshoot.
Most sets did not have a remote (which I expected), BUT the Vizio did (to my surprise). Luckily the LG & Sammy had that 'joystick' control on the back of each set allowing somewhat easy menu access. I'm kinda use to the Vizio menu, but the other two were similar at least the video settings were. After 15 minutes of tweaking all three by trial and error, compromising the settings watching the various clips in their loop, by increasing the sharpness in the Vizio and reducing it on the LG and Sammy along with a few other tweaks, I managed to get all three on a level playing field.
But, the Vizio was still in last place as far as fine detail. Though, no where near as bad as it was when I first viewed it.
I couldn't test for black levels for the usual reasons; store lighting, but mostly because of the content in their video (by design of course). I did turn off the local dimming on the Vizio and it was very obvious when I did so. The overall light output increased substantially. I did check out reflections and the Vizio was in the middle with the Sammy having the dullest and the LG the most defined reflections of the stores lighting. As shown through numerous screen shots over at rtings.com
excellent review site, the least distracting reflections were with the LG. The most was the Samsung.
Of course, this was surely not a scientific test my any means, but gave me new things to look for when I go to another BB store and try a comparison there. Sorry, I didn't write any settings down, it probably wouldn't mean much considering the stores lighting. I also don't know if the LG being a 4K set made a difference in viewing the same RF source. It surely wasn't any major improvement over the Samsung as far as detail. That kinda answers my statement in the first paragraph at least with that LG model.
I wasn't able to see banding in any of the clips, so I couldn't make that comparison between models.
I was leaning highly towards the M602, but now I have some doubts.