Got a chance to upgrade my TV to a 70 or 80 inch model as part of a home renovation. I've been buying Vizios for about 6 years, going from a 50 inch 552 to a 60 inch E600i-B3 (or a slightly earlier version of the 60 inch E series when it came out about 2 years ago). I go with Vizio over higher priced comparable size TVs under the theory that a 70 inch Samsung will cost 50-100% more than the Vizio and will have slightly better picture quality, moderately less flaws but will still have a host of banding, sound, lip sync etc. issues that its forums will highlight. In my mind, I'd rather pay 1800 for the M702 than 3k for the comparable Samsung if both will have at least some issues, then trade up to the next great TV 2-3 years down the road and move a tv to a basement, bedroom or relative.
With that background, I'm thinking of the M702 but wanted to get a sense of whether some of the hot bottom flaws I've had in the past, particularly in the E series, compare:
Sound - the sound on the E series is bad. My family prefers to us the speakers on the TV than a soundbar, and it really is pretty horrible. I'm assuming given the rear firing speakers that this will not have changed on the M series.
I use the Vizio Sound Bar 5451...never really ever used the TV speakers in my main viewing TV...so not sure what to compare it to. They sound fine to me the little that I used them, but I also knew it was a temporary situation...so...
Side Angle Viewing - this had been a huge flaw for some in the forums before my purchase. I've never had that much of a problem with it as I sit dead center but do notice it start to drop as you swing around my room. Its still fine at 45% off center so everyone seated around the TV sees fine, but its not as sharp at 45 as it is as 90 dead center. Any thoughts on this for the M?
There is some color washout, but it really takes an extreme angle to get to that point...I have not been disappointed in the viewing angle.
Lip sync - I've seen some lip sync issues but not enough to seriously detract from my TV enjoyment. Any major issues here? In my experience, this is as often a case of the various sources (between cable, apple tv, etc.) as the tv itself.
This is probably my biggest complaint. Not sure if it is the TV or the sound-bar that is creating the most differential, still need to do some testing. Some channels are perfect, many are not...could be the encoding from the source not being interpreted correctly...not sure.
Light Bleeding - this is perhaps my biggest complaint on the E series. I definitly have 3 or four areas where on a black screen, corner light bleeds through. I've never been thilled about it and assume it does cause some problems on picture quality but not enough to make me want to change it out or return it. For the under 1k I paid for it, I considered it a good enough level.
With direct backlight there really is no light bleed...but I am not a video expert...I am sure someone will tell you there is...and there might be, it just is not noticeable to me.
Picture quality - generally very good. I've never been blown away by it, even using Blu Ray as a source, and even when calibrated using settings found here. Thoughts on whether the M series is much of an improvement? For comparison, I've always felt a similarly priced Samsung is slightly better when tuned particularly in black levels but never enough to justify the price premium.
I love the picture quality. I sit about 12 feet away, and to me, the picture is beautiful.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts.