Just setup up a new M55-E0 yesterday. Spent the day with it and I love it, except for the eye strain, just need to get used to it I think. Everything pops compared to my ST50 Panny Plasma I had for years. Reason for the replacement was the Panny had started to get purple flashing on start up.
The TCL P607/605 is not available in Canada nor would I want to deal with DSE, Backlight flooding, and the panel lottery. We don't have easy access to KS8000 and the P series is $500 to $700 more. So the M series was the best budget option available, and what an awesome option. I do a ton of gaming but nothing competitive so the input lag isnt the end of the world and the motion handling looks great to me. Watching the Defenders in 2160p DV was a sight to behold. We sat there just smiling and commenting on how good it looked.
The main reason for my posting is my HK 1610 avr doesn't support hdr and it has insanely bad handshaking issues with arc. It clicks and pops and squeals and constantly can't handle the audio it is being fed. Smartcast works fine. Any time I try to run somthing off of HDMI 2,3,4 the problems in audio start. On the Panny the arc was also horrid, terrible lipsyncing, and audio just not working at all on start up.
So it is time to start looking at a new amp I can sort of use as a high end splitter. I am researching the Sony STR-DN 1080. I am only running 5.0 (no sub, being respectful in my condo of neighbors) So I have no need for super fancy audio features. I do want a stable arc capable amp with all the visual bells and whistles, though. HDR, DV, 4:4:4, WCG, HLG(does the M even do HLG). I am going to getting an xbox one x and a media streamer in the fall and want to be prepared. Going on off the price of the Sony, 700cdn, I guess I am willing to spend that much. So I have come to ask the experts on the Vizio M Series. What other amps should I be reading up on and comparing to the Sony? If it comes in cheaper I am all for that as well.
Do want to add that my partner would love for me to get rid of all the speaker wires but I just don't know if a soundbar without a sub in my price range would sound much better nor have hdmi in and arc. I haven't looked at this AV stuff in years. So I am sort of starting over.
Also do you think they will improve the input lag in the future through firmware or is that even possible? More of a curiosity then a need.
Thanks so much and I apologise for all my rambling.