Originally Posted by dbenus
LOVE THE DISPLAY!
Big, Bright, Sharp, and Clear
I'm very happy with it (especially after having a projector; I don't have to lower the blinds anymore to watch during the day; no image washout, even in the middle of a sunny afternoon with the blinds up; my wife wouldn't watch the projector with me before because she didn't want to be stuck in "the cave").
The display actually looked really nice right out of the box (Calibrated Dark Mode), but I called in Gregg Loewen (who previously did a great job on my Epson 8500UB projector, which just died - thus my decision to get the Vizio, which gives me an image as big as the screen image from the projector).
As before, Gregg did a great job making the display even better. If you look at the color menu settings on the display, you'll see that it's very basic; no room for finer adjustments, no sub-menus for more detailed color management. So, after doing the basic calibration, Gregg used my DVDO iScan Duo (I have all my HD stuff plugged into it via HDMI (DirecTV, Cable, BluRay, Roku, etc.) with just one HDMI cable out to the display, one optical cable out to the receiver for audio) to make the finer color touch-ups, and it looked even better than after the initial calibration using only the settings on the display's menu - which truly would have been just fine; but since I had the DVDO we decided to use it to get the image even better.
While the M801D-A3 isn't perfect...
- The Smart Dimming setting, when on, does take a second to fade to black when the program material goes black, but this is not a big deal, and the black levels are noticeably better with this setting enabled.
- The screen is definitely reflective/shiny, so during the sunniest time of afternoon (if you don't have the blinds down), you can see your reflection when the program you're watching goes to black.
... these are truly insignificant details that, for the price (Costco - $3,400 w/discount plus free shipping) and what you get in size, quality and brightness of image, AND 3D (which is really cool on well-shot 3D material, like "Star Trek Into Darkness" - which I streamed from DirectTV and was almost a good as the IMAX theater version we saw in May - and pretty lousy on the travelogue stuff on DirectTV's 3net)
I recommend the TV. I think that you will be happy with it if you decide to pull the trigger.
And while there are lots of tweaks and calibrations on this forum and other places, NOTHING can replace a professional calibration by legitimate, professional technician with all the knowledge and equipment he brings to do the job.
Here is Gregg's contact info if you decide you want to make your display or projector as good as it can be - well worth the bucks IMHO:
Home Office: 207 778 5417
Cell Office: 207 624 2685
Good luck and enjoy.