Originally Posted by chollas
I picked up an M65 E0 on the weekend as an impulse buy with football season around the corner. I have to say after spending some time with the set, I'm just not impressed. The off axis viewing is pretty terrible, I have gotten used to being able to watch something while not being sat directly in front of the TV. This set seems to begin washing out at anything over 45 degrees to the display.
The 4k UHD Netflix looks incredible.. but HDTV through my cable provider (shaw cable) is really just bleh. I tried the settings listed at Rtings and I thought they gave the set an overall yellowish tone. Everyone on screen looked jaundiced. I ended up using the built in Calibrated setting with a few tweaks to the color and contrast.
Sound quality form this set is seriously horrible. anyone who is even considering this set should budget a soundbar no exceptions. The build in speaker is that bad. What I am hoping to do is find a Visio SB2820n-E0 locally and see if i can mount it behind the upper half of the TV on a wall mount... there should be enough space up there for a 3x3x28" bar. That being said, if i cant get a basic soundbar to work without having to use a separate remote for it, that project will be a non starter.
Coming from an 8 year old Samsung PN50C6400 Plasma (which really isn't that great of a TV) are my expectations for a Low-mid range 4k set are just too high?
I came from a 9 year old Panasonic plasma and I can speak to some of your concerns.
First off, the viewing angles are awful. Easily my biggest (and really, only remaining) problem with the tv. To make matters worse, my living room is small so it's exaggerated for me. Nothing you can do, really.
Secondly, yeah, the speakers are worse than I could have imagined. That said, I picked up the latest 28inch 2.0 Vizio soundbar (SB2820n-E0) for $78 and am surprisingly happy with how it sounds and works so seamlessly. I've always been very against soundbars, but in my current situation (apartment), it makes a lot of sense. I run the optical audio cable into the soundbar from the TV and everything syncs up perfectly with zero setup on my behalf. My tv remote and xfinity cable remote both control the volume and I didn't have to do anything to make that work. All I did was go into the tv menu and turn off the tv speakers so I don't ever have to hear them again.
Finally... picture quality. Like you, I thought a solid 1080p source (streaming or blu ray) looked fantastic and cable (Xfinity for me) looked terrible. It was so bad that I was ready to take the TV back. But then, there was an update to the TV and without me even knowing about it, cable looked A LOT better. Go back a page in this thread and I'm sure you can find the exact firmware version number, but needless to say, it made a massive difference. Cable is still the weakest source I have, but I can't complain with how it looks on this tv anymore. I'm happy.