Thank you for your review, it was really helpful when making my decision for a new TV, and thank you for the settings. If I may, I have one quick question regarding the TV. I have not owned an Edge Lit LED TV before, so I do not know what to expect from one when it comes to common issues and behaviors.
My Vizio E601i-A3 is a great TV; however, I noticed while watching in a completely dark room that during all black screens, such as the boot up screen (showing the Vizio Logo), or on a "No Input" screen, or when switching between apps and games on my PS3, there is a slightly brighter spot on the bottom of the screen where it meets the bezel, on the bottom left half of the screen. The affected area is about the size of an adult hand and it only noticeable during the aforementioned screens.
During normal use, and while watching dark movies like Prometheus and Super 8 I noticed no difference in the black across the screen, so for now I am considering it a non-issue, but I just would like to know if this is something that occurs on Edge Lit LED's, and if it is normal or a defect.
(Just to specify, since the red text below is reminding me to do so, the model is a Vizio E601i-A3)
Calibration report using these settings:
TV software/firmware version tested: 1.0.1
Below you'll find the settings I found best for viewing the Vizio E601i-A3 in a dim room via the HDMI input. Your settings may vary depending on source, room conditions, and personal preference. Check out the Picture settings and calibration FAQ for more information.
Calibration notes: As usual Vizio's Movie mode provided the best picture settings without any adjustment, although it was quite dim in our dark room with in its default "Medium" ambient light sensor setting (16 fL) and still a bit too dim when I disabled the sensor (32 fL). Its grayscale was solid, however, although gamma was way too dark.
My calibration improved nearly all of these issues. I was able to mostly correct gamma by disabling the DCR backlight control, and unlike with some previous Vizio sets, doing so did not hurt black level performance overmuch (it got 0.0012 fL lighter, if you're counting; an amout that's easily worth the tradeoff for substantially better gamma). I barely had to touch the grayscale to get it nearly perfect, and it remained admirably linear in all but the darkest areas. As for color the most important areas--primary luminance and secondary hue--were very good, but red did appear skewed toward orange and blur saturation also suffered. Perhaps a good CMS could correct these problems, but Vizio doesn't offer one.
---Picture settings menu---
Picture Mode: Movie
---Size & Position submenu---
---Color Temperature submenu---
Colour temperature: Normal
Red Gain: 104
Green Gain: 115
Blue gain: 130
Red offset: 129
Green offset: 130
Blue offset: 132
--Advanced Picture submenu---
Smooth motion effect: Off
Real Cinema Mode: Smooth [grayed out]
Noise Reduction: Off
MPEG NR: Off
Color Enhancement: Off
Adaptive Luma: Off
Film Mode: Auto
Backlight Control: Off
Ambient Light sensor: Off
Note: This post was edited by its original author added link to calibration results on 10/04/2012 at 12:32 PM PT