Originally Posted by nezff
the sony seems like a decent buy as far as a 70 inch model goes.
Ive looked at the Sharp LE650, Vizio Mseries, and Samsung 75. The Samsung, which I have always liked got some issues with screen uniformity, banding etc..
Sony seems decently priced also. Any of you guys have complaints?
That's a good question! I spent a good while at several different Best Buys comparing the R550 to the Samsung 7100 series, side by side as they had them set up. Yes the Samsung gets a bit brighter, but seemed to be over driving and blowing out the bright areas, such as people's faces and white shirts, and thus losing detail. Also, the Samsung 7100 that they had set up in the front area was playing some sort of proprietary demo material, and I noticed tremendous white banding as it was playing.
I also noticed in the other Best Buy demo loop that the R550 maintained detail in some of the boxed images, compared to other TVs. There is one part of the loop that has a foreground of pebbles, with a scenic background. With the Sony R550, I could see every pebble distinctly, while with some of the other sets a lot of the detail of those pebbles was sort of lost or smoothed together.
Regarding color accuracy and skin tones, I thought the R550 was perhaps a bit better than the Samsungs, but doesn't approach the beautiful Sony W900A they had up above. I would love to have the W900A, but it is only available in the 55" size, and runs $1999. My wife wants a 70" set if we can swing it, but the R550 is around $2200. The 60" comes in at around $1445, and may be a good compromise.
The Vizio M Series actually look decent, but there are so many reports of problems with them that I am staying away for now. I don't know what it is about the Sharps, but I don't seem to like them as much as the Sony.Edited by mtrot - 11/24/13 at 2:04pm