Originally Posted by slaveunit
The set is 2 grand for a reason. You get what you pay for. There is a reason why this set bring in almost 300 pages of threads and its not because its some great TV.
I've been looking at this issue carefully for a couple of months, trying to decide between the Vizio and a Panny. I can't buy until September, so I still have time to figure this out. But I do have a couple of observations FWIW:
1. From this, and other Vizio threads on AVS, I would guess that about 30% of Vizio owners have significant QC complaints about the set (ignoring complaints about Costco/Sams, delivery issues, bezel color, etc.). That's a significant number, and larger (IMHO) than the number I see on the Panny threads. Plus, most of the complaints about the Pannys involve less critical issues like bezel color.
2. Posters to other web sites may be less critical. For example, on the CNET site, there are currently 75 user reviews. I would guess about 90% of them are highly positive about the Vizio.
What do we conclude from this? I'm no expert, but I can make several conclusions:
1). There seems to be more variability in the QC of individual Vizio units compared to Panny. Not surprising, considering the difference in cost. And something that every buyer should consider carefully: if you get this set, be prepared to take it back to your local warehouse.
2). AVS forum members are more critical than the general population. I don't mean this in a bad way: after all, the best way to learn is from each other. But, once again, prospective buyers should take this into account, and consider their own level of experience and expectations into their final decision.
3). The return policies of Sams/Costco make this an easy choice, IMO. As long as your local warehouse has an acceptable alternative to the Vizio, like the 50-inch Panny, you can always correct your mistake if you eventually conclude the Vizio is a POS.