Originally Posted by rstesiak
This has been an excellent debate; though I think the usefulness of my input is drawing to a close. I will end my contributions with the following:
Premise: 2014A Vizio 50" M Series model, of which I own and have had calibrated, is inferior to 2014"B" Samsung 7150 55" calibrated TV, of which I now own.
Premise: My main point is in processing and scaling of the picture, where I state Samsung is superior. To my knowledge, Vizio has not changed their picture processing algorithms from 2014A to 2014B sets. In fact, Vizio has opted to step back from IPS, but added more zones and removed 3D.
Conclusion: the 2014"B" Samsung 55" set is superior in terms of picture processing/scaling algorithms to both 2014A and 2014B Vizios; and this conclusion was supported with full reign over remote controls and a few hours at a local BestBuy where the Vizio 2014"B" set was compared directly with the 2014"B" Samsung set. (all of them were 55" panels at that point). I'm not much into 3D, but Avatar was excellent - if you want 3D, you HAVE to get the Samsung of these two sets.
Having proven, to the best of my intellectual capacity, that Samsung in fact has an inherently superior processing and scaling engine, like the x-Reality PRO engine found in Sony's better sets, to the Vizio's processor, I hope this information helps people when making buying decisions.
I will say, perhaps more clearly here to be my own "Devil's Advocate": The Vizio backlighting I believe to be technically superior to the Samsung edge lighting and "advanced Micro Dimming". However, the rest of the electronics as well as Smart TV interface, is in severe favor to Samsung.
To put this a different way, for the everyday TV that gets HD Cable feeds in 1080i and 720p, as well as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Youtube, etc, Sasmung should be the obvious choice.
If one is using the set as a dedicated home theater for mostly Blu-Rays in a darkened room specifically for this purpose, I would still recommend either one, as there are subtle trade offs at this point, but if the darkest blacks are one of your main decision points, then you should choose the Vizio.
I hope this helps not only clarify my points, but helps other people with what is no doubt a serious purchasing decision.
ps. I have now been reading a lot of other topics and am amazed at all of the pictures people are posting of their TV's with obvious blotchiness, flashlighting, and all other sorts of bad issues... I must say that perhaps there is a serious quality control issue, as my panel honestly, regardless of my backlight settings save for the highest, truly and thankfully does not exhibit these issues. As most people also agree, it comes down to trying out the sets at BestBuy, then at your home.
UPDATE & CONCLUSION:
After several days now with the new 55" Samsung H7150, here are some nit-picky details:
1. there is a more pronounced black crush that is resolved with careful calibration. I believe the engineers chose higher contract ratios over black detail. It's subtle, but they are two different animals. Increasing Gamma does alleviate the black crush on my 55", however.
2. The panel in most lighting conditions has inky, wonderful blacks, and bars on DVD and BLU-RAY content appear perfectly black. No flashlighting at all. no blotchiness. Just smooth, buttery goodness.
3. In a controlled, darkened theater room, the panel is not as dark as the Vizio...this is especially noticed as cinema bars on top and bottom are noticeably "on" and not *absolute* black like the Vizios can do, to be absolutely unbiased.
4. Thankfully, I got a panel that was made by Samsung; these seem to be the best. Many other sizes, mostly above 60", I understand use Sharp panels. This could be the main reason for the conflicting reviews with this set.
5. I have to say the color calibration, 2 point and 10 point white balance can really dial this into professional grade levels; using 6 separate Offsets and Gains for RGB color space. Impressive. The color rendering on these sets is perhaps the best in the industry at the moment in my opinion comparing to Vizio and Sony.
So, in short, and to summarize:
If you're going to be using your telly during the morning, day, evening, and/or night; in a living room say, and watching all sorts of content from HD Cable, Hulu Plus, NetFlix, The Internet, torrents, Blu-Rays, DVDs, etc, then I can completely recommend the Samsung 55. Even with my wall of french doors which are right next to the telly are sunny, the set can be so bright as to handle this situation better than any other manufacturer; save for the one odd company SunBrite or similar..but I digress.
The television also translates any and all movie formats I have thrown at it from downloaded files; while the Vizio was eventually such a head ache I had to permanently pair it with an Apple Mac Mini so all videos would play.
Also, The Vizio's color palette is good, just not exceptional. And, in my opinion of the death knell of the current Vizios available, I am afraid the onboard video engine just is sub-par. That is clearly where they cut costs. Perhaps the new vaporware sets will appear with a solution, but I can guarantee it will come at a higher cost.
Playing these games is all about give and take. Even at the $2,000 budget. Very frustrating.
If I could design my own set from already made parts, I would take the Samsung quadcore and PQ processing logic boards and transplant them into the 55" Vizio M Series.
So for me, as I only have a 2 story townhouse with no basement space, my television is up in my living room, and in these conditions, even after reading all of the horrible things to look at, I guess I got blind luck with a "good panel". I can say I am very happy with my purchase.
The only contenders who are currently superior to what I just got all cost significantly more and are 4K. Which will probably become betamax; as WallStreet, Newy York Times, etc all indicate broadcasters are waiting to standardize on 8K. So, for the money, I can rest I have the best TV available today, at a price that won't bankrupt me.