I'm just having a hard time deciding between the Vizio M501D and the Sony KDL50R550A. I've view both a number of times in different stores and just can't make up my mind. One day I'm leaning towards the Sony, the next day more towards the Vizio.
They both look pretty good but the Vizio colors seem to pop just a little more. With dimming on, the Vizio has better blacks but sacrifices some shadow detail. I also don't like how you can see the dimming go up and down when a scene switches from dark to bright really quick. With dimming off, the Sony appears to have better blacks and I can see a little flashlighting in the corners of black bars with dimming off on the Vizio. I also see some picture uniformity issues on the Vizio at Best Buy but, only notice it when the screen is mostly a solid color, like the green rating card before movie trailers. I've only seen 3D on the Sony, best buy doesn't have any 3D sources hooked up to the Vizio. It looked great on the Sony and all the reports about the Vizio are great as well so I'm not to worried there.
My biggest concerns are viewing angle, lip sync issues and input lag. Viewing angle seems better with the Vizio but, not by much. Both sets, in this thread and the Sony thread, have reports of lip sync problems on occasion but, some in the Sony thread said that running the audio through the TV first then to your AVR eliminates the problem, especially for optical connections. Does that work on the Vizio?
I'm a big gamer and input lag kills the fun. From what I've read, as long as you stick with game mode, the Vizio is just fine. Has this been the experience of other gamers here? What trade-offs are there by always staying in game mode, if any? The Sony seems a little better in this area.
I like the little things on the Vizio, like the thin bezel, the on screen manual and the menus look prettier. It's also cheaper then the Sony. They both have pluses and minuses and I'm just having a hard time making a decision. I've never owned anything Vizio so that has me a little nervous as well, just don't know the brand that good. Life is full of tough choices sometimes!
I just tried to take a video of Battlefield 3 on the PS3 with my iPhone. It didn't quite work out as I'd like and will keep trying but as far as input lag, I push R1 and the weapon fires, no delay I can tell. Move the analog sticks and it moves. I see no lag whatsoever.