Originally Posted by HITNRUNXX
I joined to say thank you to all the people in this thread.
I am a long-time hardcore Samsung fan and fully intended on buying a Samsung 7100 in the next month or so. It had what I considered the best picture I could find. However, over the last month I have looked at 5 different ones in 5 different Best Buys and seen the same two issues in each:
1) a random box about an inch square that appears in the middle of the upper quarter of the screen that just changed from black to grey.
2) severe motion blurring/halo effects
In each case the Best Buy employee assured me that it was just that one set and was because it was a display model, and not common. Yet it is in each of them.
So I keep putting my purchase off, and just haven't felt "right" about it.
I currently have a Toshiba Theaterwide 65" that is about 9 years old. It is taking a long time to warm up and has a lot of banding issues. It is projection and only 1080i. It only has one HDMI port. So I am wanting to upgrade before the next football season and before the next gaming consoles come out. That Toshiba held up beautifully though, and I am picky and expect 5-8+ years from a TV. I wasn't wild about going down in size from 65 to 60 but due to the difference in price I was willing to live with it.
On my last trip to look at them with a friend and get a second opinion, I saw the 65" Vizio M651d and fell in love. The picture was better in comparison. There was no motion issues. It was beautiful and gorgeous. The salesperson kept trying to push me back to the Samsungs. I realized at this point that only Samsung and Sony TVs had HDMI cables and every other TV just had coaxial inputs.
I still thought the Vizio had a better picture. It was also 5" bigger. Included twice the number of 3D glasses (8) and was $300 less. ($500 less after adding 4-year warranty and taxes to both).
So I intend on buying the Vizio this week. This forum has been an amazing supply of information and I appreciate it.
The only downside: We don't have a Costco in OKC so I am left with Best Buy as my only real option for purchasing this and the warranty is about $300 for 4 years.
Also, I will try to read the forum more in depth tomorrow, but I saw several calibration suggestions for various sizes and models, but not this exact one. If anyone could direct me to the correct post, I would appreciate it. Otherwise, I should find it tomorrow.
Thanks again, and I will let you know how it turns out!