My folks in Arizona just bought and installed this 80" Vizio set in their month-old new home. I was there visiting for vacation and spent some quality time with 'the beast' over an entire week.
Based on my own experience owning a recent Vizio model (the under-the-radar XVT 21:9 widescreen set released last year) this 80" sacrifices a few features (PIP is MIA) for the sake of a clean, functional look that is meant to be impressive as a decoration item as much as a TV set. Yes, the 'light' blacks and slight light bleeds in dark images we've come to expect from Vizio are present but they're tolerable, IMO. We watched Woody Allen's "Manhattan" on Blu-ray (B&W 2:35:1) and it looked pretty damn good even during a couple of scenes when the screen goes completely dark and there is no light bleed whatsoever. We also watched "Psycho II" on DVD (an old one from about a decade ago) and I made it a point during both movies to turn off the 'Smooth' effect to avoid the dreaded 'soap opera' effect and have the good ol' film look. It passed with flying colors.
The default 'Standard' when the TV is first turned on is horrible, and 'Calibrated' looks fine if you dial the Backlight down a few clicks from the full 100% it's set on. Since this set is meant for my folks to watch local TV and DVR'ed shows I didn't go crazy calibrating or setting their set, but if you want to go crazy setting it up the 80" puts a much cleaner, colorful and better picture than my below-$1,000 120 Hz XVT model. I was a little poe'd that, when we watched some 3D content ("Titanic 3D" and "Pina 3D," both looking stunning at 80" and from 5-6 feet away), the Vizio grayed out the option to have the 'Smooth' effect at 'Medium' without a chance to turn it off or bring it down to 'Low.'
The internet apps work as well as we've come to expect from Vizio: not as good as other 'smart' TV's that actually put horsepower on the sets to power the apps. We watched "Young Adult" streaming from Amazon Prime using my account Saturday night around 6:30PM Arizona time, and we got streaming interruptions every 15 or so minutes at both four and one bars signals. Had to watch the last 25 minutes of the movie from a laptop hooked with HDMI cable (like the 2nd picture above) which played smoothly even with a one bar signal.
Not really an owner of the 80" Vizio (consider this the 'son of the owner' post
) but I thought you'd like to know. When I heard my folks had bought this set I was hell-bent on convincing them to trade their Costco set down to a 70" or 65" because 80" just seemed too gigantic a size. Now that I've watched my dose of AZ local news, movies and GSN gameshows on a comfy couch 13 feet away from the set without losing detail or picture clarity I can't imagine having anything smaller hanging on my father's living room wall. At least the good ol' 52" Sammy from 2008 (in which we watched good stuff like "Good Night, and Good Luck" & "Harold and Maude" this time around) now has its own room for private 'us' time.
P.S.: As often mentioned here and elsewhere, the control remote that comes with the set is a gigantic and borderline-useless POS. My budget 58" XVT set's plastic remote with Qwerty keyboard is better and more accurate than the remote on a $3K 80" deluxe TV model? Not cool. Edited by dad1153 - 11/10/13 at 11:42pm