Originally Posted by mfogarty5
Oh, that's rich fafrd! You have been touting Vizio ever since CES and the M series wasn't even good enough to make the competition!
Will you please now stop comparing all high end LCDs and OLEDs to Vizio LCDs?!?
Also unlikely that you or anyone else on the Forum is going to succeed to provoke me regarding my interest in Vizio this year in any way that you will end up feeling satisfied about. Let's review a few facts:
The M Series is Vizio's 'Mid-range' line (hence the name :-) Just the fact that it has been taken seriously enough to be evaluated is a credit to Vizio's 2014 linup. The P Series is teed up to be hitting the channels a month from now (19 pallets-worth of 55" P Series TVs arrived in the US in early August) and the R Series is the only TV from Vizio's 2014 lineup that has the credentials to really be a candidate for a 'best-of-the-best' shootout like this.
VE Electronics does not sell Vizio TVs, so they have an interest to find reasons to justify keeping that lowest-priced potential entrant out of the competition (while they also have an interest to show their openness to finding the best among all submitted entrants, so evaluating the Vizio and considering it for entry was a good move on their part).
The 105" $120,000 Samsung FALD LED/LCD is the 'surprise' entrant and this will be the first time ever that such an expensive 'showpiece' TV has been displayed let alone calibrated and evaluated by third parties ever
. Now why do you suppose that might be? Robert scores a fantastic coup for VE and the shootout but if I'm Samsung and if I'm considering the possibility to allow VE to have my premium showpiece TV for the Shootout, I'd probably want to assure that a 'certain standard' is maintained. Wouldn't want my $120,000 dollar star thoroughbred TV to be mixing company with a value TV costing 1/80th of the price from my primary competitor in the US market, now would I?
Robert has the highest ethics but I don't believe the same can be said for Samsung and Robert needs to do whatever will be in the best interest of Value Electronics and the Shootout, I mean he has a business to run, after all.
Why would Samsung even consider such an unusual move? My confidence that the 120" Vizio Reference Series is actually going to hit the market this year just increased by 1000%. Vizio has scheduled a press event on September 23rd for the launch of the P Series and I'll give even odds they are also going to announce something regarding the R Series. If Vizio 120" Reference TV is actually for real and is going to be available before year-end, and I'm Samsung and I get wind of this, no question I will be taking pre-emptive moves with everything in my arsenal to preempt Vizio's initiative and assure that I take the mantle of first-mover in 100"+ LED/LCD TVs that are actually available to consumers. So move one is to include the UN015S9 in the 2014 VE Shootout where it is likely to get high scores, great visibility, and hopefully even an award or two, and step to is to prepare for a dramatic price drop soon after Vizio has announced the pricing and availability of the 120" Reference Series.
The market has shifted this year more than any year in recent memory and Vizio and LG are the primary actors. Samsung is on their heals and this is all-out war to hang on to market leadership and the mantle of being an innovator.
My prediction is that the $120,000 UN105S9 is likely to receive an unimaginable discount before the year is out (and any interested buyers have no one other than Vizio to thank for that :-)