Originally Posted by jhughy2010
Ok yesterday I went to Sam's Club and looked at the Vizio M551d-a2r for an hour. Then I looked at the Samsung UN55F6350. Wow was the picture amazing as compared to the Vizio.
I went to Samsung's website and found what I think is the non-SMART version of the 6350 which is the UN55F6030F. It's a hair bit cheaper... does anyone know though if the specs are the same? In other words, are the blacks going to be just as good?
I also bought from Sam's Club (90 day return if you weren't aware).
When I was looking around I looked at several Vizio's. To me, they all looked washed out and crappy compared to others. However, I have a friend with one at home that looks really, really good. I'm not defending them by any means, but keep in mind, most TV's aren't set up to premium standards in the store plus the store lighting, etc can create a less than great experience on ANY set. Plus I've always personally thought some stores do as little as possible with "value TV's" and then tweak the more expensive ones (or ones with most profit margin) to make it appear "better" in the store. I have no proof -- just my own paranoia.
If you can narrow down to a few sets, it might be worthwhile to jot down some settings that are known to produce a good picture for each model. Then when you go, get the remote and set the TV's up accordingly and then do your analysis. It might be a little more reliable.
By the way, found a review on the 6030. I don't like this site much, but it appeared to be good overall. Reviews on Amazon also seem good.
FYI, when shopping for my own TV we ran across the 75" Samsung 6300 (different than 6030). It looked pretty amazing in-store. Had a really tough time between it and the Sharp 80" I got. Both had great pictures. I might have given a click to the Samsung because it has a shiny screen which I think looks nicer but plays hell if you have a bright room (like mine). Part of the reason for our upgrade was because the plasma didn't play well in the bright space.
I still think about the 6300, although according to the reviews, it shouldn't have looked as good as it did to me. Like I said previously, it's subjective and what looks good to me may be different to you. Be smart, but also follow your instincts.