Originally Posted by backmeup
I second that in a big way.
Interestingly, their review of the 55" is almost the exact same review. Much of what they posted was up long before they even had any of their calibration data with some excuses explained below. When calibrations were in place, the review was unchanged. Additionally, a good bit of their criticisms (such as off angle viewing--- esp. when compared to their opinion on some other models) are much different than the majority of what one would find in a variety of owner discussions. The list goes on.
Due to the absence of professional reviews at this point in the game I had considered linking to their review on the 55" when it went prime-time. However, as you have described it so well, many of their reviews have seemed "shady at best".
While it is true, you can push the 3D button on normal programming, and make it SBS, HOU, or Sensio-even with the glasses on, it's still not 3D, just a blurry mess. Also, I noted in that review that they stated the remote was Wi-Fi. Those of us that currently own these TV's know that is NOT true, yet. We are all still using IR, as Wi-Fi has NOT been enabled by the latest firmware upgrade(1.06).
So, that review is probably one of the worst I think I've seen on these TV's.....it's almost like they spent 10 minutes playing with it, were given some "copy" by the manufacturer, and wrote a web-review. Gee, anyone with a website could do that.
Sooooo, if I were looking at buying one of these TV's, I would NOT place to much weight on ANY web review-as most are getting it slightly wrong, or worse. If you're gonna spend this kind of money on a TV....spend an hour or two and read what those of us that OWN these TV's have to say....and not just a few, read all of the reports.
As some users seem to be in the; "returned 5 times to get the perfect TV" club.
Also, remember the price point of these TV's......what exactly are you expecting? For me; I paid $800 for the M501D 50", and it has exceeded all my expectations at that price point. Sure, if I had spent $2000 on it, I might nit pick the remote a little, or the fact that when I first turn it on, I can see the "flashlights" in the bottom two corners when the Vizio logo first comes on. But after that, everything is more than fine.
Pay attention to the settings posted on page 19.....these sets, out of the box, are not set correctly-so spend some time reading the settings some of the owners use.
Lastly-to buy a TV, knowing you are going to return it, is just morally bankrupt
. For one thing; you just posted on an internet forum for all the World to see
, exactly what you plan on doing....not a smart move. And, you just pointed out to all the other users of this forum, how UN-ethical you are-so after that post
I'm still trying to decide to get 70 or 80 with Costco warranty of 90 days maybe buy the 70 then save up difference from the 80 then swap out
Anything you write, will be ignored. Don't take that personal, just take it. I have little patience or sympathy for those that take advantage of the retailers, by buying TV''s, just to "try them out", knowing you will return them. It says volumes about your morals and ethics.
Don't "game" the system, and ruin for everyone else. I was raised different I guess......I say what I mean, and I mean what I say. If I buy something; I plan on keeping it. I would NEVER buy something, knowing I would return it for something else later-what's wrong with you???!!
EDIT: Not to offend, but RockmanX has been added to my "blocked user" list(he's the first one to be on the list-and hopefully the last), as I cannot condone what he's thinking of doing, and I refuse to read anything he has to say anymore......Edited by havasuvideo - 6/28/13 at 2:50pm