Now that you know it's problems, watch for that in the display models. See if CNET and AVSForum comment on those models. Vizio here is a non-starter as here all died in 2 years. Not a good showing and yes some folk say they got better.
I am here looking for some suggestions on a potential tv replacement. First and foremost, I purchased last weekend a Vizio E55-C1 television from Best Buy. I had upgraded from a Sharp Aqous 46" LCD 1080P television. This TV got re-purposed for a renovation project which afforded me the opportunity to upgrade my tv.
Let me bring everything together here is some sort of organized thought process. I have spent the last few nights looking through several threads and getting a boatload of advise with regards to tweaking and calibrating the television to try and get it to where I want it. Keep in mine, that I am fully aware that this is not a crazy feature loaded television.
So what are my issues you might ask.
1. It would seem that in the blacks, I am getting quite a bit of backlight bleed at the bottom of the television.
2. It seems that even after calibration, that the colors and brightness are just off (washed out colors). If I switch the TV into calibrated mode, my whites are yellow and the screen is quite dark. I understand I can raise the backlight, but then we run back into issue No. 1 again. I understand that my old Sharp had a bit of a cool/blueish tint to it, but the image was excellent.
3. Active LED or Backlight seems to be more of a nuisance than a help in the sense that I can actually see the zones turning on and off, especially in a dark room. However, with this feature off, again the screen is way to dark.
So, what have I been able to do thus far. I can remove a majority of the backlight bleed assuming the backlight brightness is down. Running on calibrated mode bothers me. I have my own view on how colors should look (I understand everyone is different) but it just doesn't look right. I can straighten out the white by going to a cool mode and bringing the backlight brightness up. I don't seem to have an issue with the quality of the picture, but rather getting colors and backlight set correctly. With that said, I seem to think that since Vizio does the whole calibration different in a sense that you can't tweak the picture like a Sony or Samsung, I might be better off getting a different and/or better television.
With that said, I can work with it some more, or I can use my 45 day return period with Best Buy and try something different. If I go that route I have selected a few TV's that are appealing to me and I saw in Best Buy as well. Keep in mind I am coming from primarily using Sharp televisions for years and years, so I am a bit biased there.
1. Vizio M55-C2 (4K) - I understand this uses a different panel configuration that aids to brightness and such. 32 active backlight zones. (~$680)
2. Sharp Aquos LC-60TQ15U (60" Aquos Q+) (~$740)
3. Sharp Aquos LC-60EQ10U (60" Aquos Q) ($560)
4. Samsung UN55H6350 (55") ($670)
Let me know what your thoughts are. With the Aquos, I understand they are left overs from early this year or late 2014.