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TV Suggestion

Hello all,

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.


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I bet folk will not consider Vizio an upgrade.

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.

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Thanks- Your suggestion?

Thanks for the reply. I thought the image I saw in Best Buy even on calibrated looked decent but now, trying to get this TV calibrated is proving to be quite the challenge. What would you suggest? I am thinking of trying out the SAmsung I listed above.


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Here's the thing about 'calibration'

A dirty secret, if you will Wink

Truth is, some 'calibrated' HDTVs look worse than others that are using mostly default settings. And then there's the whole other important issue of 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder'. I think you understand what I am getting at regarding what is (ultimately) a lot of trial and error.

That said, the Samsung would be my first test subject using your current 'calibration' technique. I suggest you also visit AVS forum and look inside one of the dedicated model number threads over there. They can be helpful IME.

Don't forget the difference between having an HDTV professionally calibrated using hardware/software vs what you are doing (e.g. changing user accessible settings). There can be a huge difference on some HDTVs.

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