Originally Posted by lessthanzero
Wow, thanks for that information. It was exactly what I wanted to know..........In your opinion, the panel Vizio is using for this 60 inch is OK...??
More than OK, its Samsung/Sony's (they produce panels in Korea in a joint venture) best panel from the last couple of years. Great blacks. They just this year came out with a new panel that is supposed to be superior which I spied on a Top of the Line Samsung at Best Buy (forget which model). Dont know too much about that one.
I like the Sharp NON-Quattron X Gen ASV UV2A panel better on a raw basis, but it also depends on what you do with it (filters, processing) not to mention the rest of the package around it, calibration tools, frame interpolation and that sort of thing.....plus convenience features like good menu design, Picture in Picture, programming guides for the OTA tuners.....then of course 3D and Smart Internet Streaming (both of which I dont care for in a TV).
The long running LG S-IPS panel is top notch too, but doesnt have near as good of blacks as these other panels (but this can be fixed via neutral grey filters and image processing). This is what I have and am most familiar with. It beats other panels in off axis color fidelity and wider viewing angles generally speaking.
The 3rd Gen MVA panels from AU Optronics is very good too, top notch. It is very similar in characteristics to the S-PVA panel on this Vizio E601-A3.
Here is the LG S-IPS sub pixel structure...
LG and Samsung/Sony are made in Korea.
Sharp is made in Japan.
AU Optronics is made in Taiwan.
Hope that helps.
If I was in the market for a 60" set, I would be looking at this Vizio and the Sharp 640/6400 closely, in PQ and features and then factor in price. Cant say which choice Id make, though Im not a rich man. Id have to really look into reported issues, menus, calibration tools, inputs and outputs, aesthetics, screen reflectivity, compare remotes, motion blur, standard definition playback, OTA programming guides (as I use OTA broadcast), input lag if you are a gamer, use as a computer monitor (overscan and no overscan settings) and so on and so forth. Id probably be happy with either.
My brother is looking at sets right now and depending on sales and pricing the 2 top contenders are the Vizio 55" M3D550SL which uses an S-IPS panel and the Vizio 60" E601-A3. The Sharp is out of contention on price. 3D doesnt really come into the equation as it's a gimmick IMO, but a fun little extra I guess and I like the passive 3D that this set offers over active glasses versions. The menu systems are similar as is the Smart TV functions. So it comes down to picture quality and characteristics and price really....with the 55" about $100 to $150 cheaper, the 60" being bigger, and the 2 different panels and their pros and cons relative to each other. He almost definitely would be happy with either. He currently has a Sony 40" EX400 which has a AU Optronics MVA 3rd Gen panel. So either will be a huge jump in size. The $150 price difference is probably critical as he isnt a rich man either, but I told him Id spring for the extra as a Christmas bonus for his families Christmas gift, to make the choice a purely non-financial one.Edited by EscapeVelocity - 11/1/12 at 11:17am