Originally Posted by Jeff Weight
A friend of mine was trying to decided between the Proview and Vizio. They had them side by side at our local Costco. One thing we noticed was the Vizio cut off about 1/4" of the picture left to right and a little off the top too.
We both felt the Vizio had a better picture, along with the capability to display 1080i. It was our understanding that the Proview was only able display 720p. As a result of this both of us now own the Vizio. Neither of have HDTV feeds yet. I know the will picture improves greatly, but the SD picture from my Directv Tivo is unimpressive.
Cyrano, you mention Costco and buyers remorse. How many LCD TV's have you purchased and returned?
Good info Jeff.
Okay - Soul baring time.
I bought a Maxent 26" and a Sceptre 30" (Sceptre via online sale) expecting to keep them both. Side by side showed the Maxent to have the superior PQ. I would have kept the Sceptre but the black level was just way too bad. The Maxent's Black level isn't great but it's much better than the Sceptre's.
I returned the Sceptre after 1 week.
I then got a 17" Proview Costco had that had a good picture in the store and I thought I'd try it on the coffee table in the Living Room instead of using a bigger screen far away. It worked all right, for a week or two. Then we started comparing the Maxent to it. Dark scenes were all but impossible to make out on the Proview. And unless the scene was daybright human faces were "clayface".
So we returned the 17" Proview after two weeks.
We put the Maxent in the Living Room, (It will end up in a coffee table I'm building as a set that will be hidden under the table top and fold out when needed. It looks really good when viewed close up!) and got the Proview 32" for the bedroom. (11 foot viewing distance) It seemed all right, especially with the RS HD tuner ($90!) added to it. But the HD tuner uses the HDMI input. I've related its lack of adjustments. The DVD is in the only other HD capable input.
I've related my impression of the Proview's black level probs. I will be returning this set soon. I've had it for two weeks. I don't like returning so many items but they are all like new. I'm glad to have the ability to check these expensives items out and be able to change my mind. Most of the retail money we spend is in Costco.
I would like the next set to be the one I stick with so I'm asking a lot of questions.
Thanks to all for all the helpful answers.