Originally Posted by Myk4evr
I'm a new Sony KDL-70R550A owner and I thought I would share some of my thoughts on this TV.
The TV that I had my eye on first was the Vizio M701d. I thought that would be the TV for me. I went to the AVS forum everyday and waited for those TV's to hit the market. Then I waited for the first user reviews to come out and for the most part the reviews where pretty good but after seeing the horrible clouding and screen uniformity with local dimming turned OFF. I thought I had better look at some other options.
I quickly found the Sony KDL-70R550A and I'm glad I did. 3 days after looking at the specs and reviews, I walked into my local Costco and bought this great TV.
The Sony seems to have a few more features than the Vizio.
The Sony has 2d to 3d conversion or simulated 3d. I have used this feature already and yes it is not true 3d, but it works pretty good under the right circumstances.
Has a Direct TV adapter built-in. For use with DTV's whole home DVR's. I don't have DTV but it is cool that it is there.
Does MHL Screen mirroring. I have no use for this as my android tablet uses micro hdmi.
Auto-update feature with the Sony actually works. With the Vizio updates are pushed to the TV's at Vizio's discretion, so you cannot really initiate an update at your discretion so in my opinion Sony wins this one.
A much better stand with the Sony. The TV sits on two points and the weight is nicely distributed over the entire stand. Vizio TV's sit on one point, although that looks cool, it means that all Vizio TV's wobble. I don't know about anyone else but I don't feel comfortable having my expensive new TV wobble. The only hit I give the Sony stand is, it may have been better with matte black instead of chrome. Now after having this TV a few days the chrome stand is not really distracting at all.
I have noticed a few comments in this forum about viewing angles not being great. I personally see absolutely no problem with the viewing angles. I walk past this TV many times a day and there is almost no loss of brightness or color. I think a few in these forums have an agenda or are just being too nit-picky.
I have no flash lighting or clouding. Screen uniformity is very good. Black levels are very good. I was really apprehensive about these issues after reading in these forums but so far so good.
Out of the box I have so far only changed three setting. Changing color temp from neutral to warm and turning off the light sensor. The light sensor does have issues that need fixing, maybe a firmware update will fix this one day, a non-issue for me because I never planned on using it. I also had some color issues and I turned off "live color" and for some reason it seems to have fixed the issue. I'm still not sure what live color is or what it does.
The smart functions or apps are a bit cumbersome and sluggish but livable. Certainly not a deal breaker by any means. Later I plan on using another device for streaming so this is not a biggy for me.
I have played a few movie files over USB - .mkv, .avi, .mov. mkv 3d, .wmv all have played and looked excellent.
3d on this TV is excellent. I love that fact that it is passive. I have not tried 3d bluray yet but I have streamed a few 3d clips and it is really cool.
As an added bonus with this set I got an extra year of Netflix for free on my existing account and I got a year of HuluPlus for free.
Oh and one last thing if you have other Sony components they sync together beautifully.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed with this TV, so far so good.