Okay folks. Here's the latest regarding my journey. I told Vizio I wanted to do a full return of the TV and just wait it out for a newer model. They gave me a case number to give to my local best buy (as that is who I originally purchased the TV from).
I gave Best Buy the number, but they said they couldn't do anything with it locally. They patched me into corporate, who also were befuddled with what to do with this number. So I called Vizio back. Told them the situation. They gave me a new RA number. I called BB back. They said it would take a few days to enter their system, but just to swing by tomorrow and give them that number. So I did that.
Long story short, I have a year (length of Vizio warranty for the TV) to do an exchange. I get to hold onto the current TV and wait for something better. I was blown away by this. What a deal. I thought I was going to be TV-less for a number of months. I have my issues with the TV, but I can live with that deal.
So as soon as the new quantum's come out, and as long as they don't have the same issues, I'll just pay the difference and upgrade. Again I have a year to do so. How crazy is that?!