I have been enjoying this TV for a couple days now. The movie mode was the best starting point for me, since I like plasma type realism. The other modes have the colors too blown out for my tastes. I see why Vivid looks so awful. It sets the color to 100%. I can't believe people watch TV like that.
I experimented with the Sharpness, and have it set to 4 (default for Movie mode). Setting it to zero, softened the picture a bit much, so it almost appears "4" is about neutral. Overally, the sharpness is very good.
I am very surprised how good the motion handling of this TV is for being an LCD. I have watched two football games on it now, and it did a great job. I didn't see any ghosting, and the football was visible in all fast motion. Clarity was even retained on pans.
I have seen some judder on movie pans. I am not sure if that is my Dish receiver or the TV at this point. I haven't played around much with the Motion Smoother either. I'll do some more testing.
It appears the bottom of the LCD panel mounting is putting pressure on four areas. There is some flashlight darkening at the bottom corners, and at two points at the bottom of panel. This is only noticeable on very bright scenes. It seems like something Vizio could fix on an update. On the positive side, I see no clouding, and backlighting seems fairly even.
Black levels are pretty good as long as you are not the type of viewer that has their brightness cranked to the max. I have mine at lower levels, and during the day blacks are black, and at night are only slightly lit.
At 45 degrees, there is some washout of the picture, but better than many LCDs I have seen. It is fairly gradual, so you don't get huge differences between the left and right sides of the screen when viewing off angle.
Overall, I am very happy with the A701i-A3. I am looking forward to calibrating it.
MichaelEdited by Michael2000 - 11/25/12 at 2:57pm