Originally Posted by venus933
Just for clarification, do you have smart dimming turned on? Based upon comments on this thread uniformity and light leakage issues are largely eliminated with it engaged but at the expense of variable darkness and blooming.
The Samsung F8000 and Sony KDL-W900A have "actual" smart dimming where the scheme is not video based but it actually dims different areas of the backlight. The more dimming zones the better. Outside of those two very expensive TVs it's unlikely you'll find a LED 1080p display that performs better than the Vizio "M" series. Even LG's flagship LA8600 doesn't perform as well as the Vizio "M" series in overall PQ according to cnet.
You can still get last year's Sony XBR65HX950 and though it has full array back lighting even this TV relies on a local dimming scheme for its great black levels and contrast but at the expense of some blooming.
I've tried it with smart dimming on and off. This is a damn good tv for the money but I've got 3 issues with. If it were just flashlighting and blooming ( both are bad enough) I might bite the bullet because of the awesome price and reluctantly live with it. I also have this thing with the L&R edges that is visible during day and night. Right before the picture meets the edge of the screen there's a dark transparent line from top to bottom.
It's one thing if my dark room viewing is ruined but the dark lines are always visible. I've tried the f6300, the 802a, and the f7100, all 55" all had problems. If I had to rate them I'd say the f7100 is my favorite ( it's damn expensive though), the Vizio and Sony are very close, they both have passive 3D which I prefer, they both have very natural colors an great detail, but they were both disapointing in a dark room. The 802a had some nasty clouding and flashlighting.
I don't know what to do at this point but I'm leaning towards trying another f7100 and hoping I get a good one. I'd go with another Vizio but it seems blooming is apparent on all M's.