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Would you purchase a Vizio P series or M series?

by Airia_studio / March 26, 2015 11:43 PM PDT

We're in the market for a 70" TV for our media room. We had pretty much narrowed it down to these two tvs, but definitely want best picture quality for our money. Which of these would you buy and why? Or would you look at something else? We're in Canada and the budget is <3k.

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Re: video quality
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 26, 2015 11:58 PM PDT

Did you read reviews to see what they say about the video quality?
Did you compare the video quality yourself in the shop?


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Yes, but
by Airia_studio / March 27, 2015 1:49 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: video quality

Reviews have been causing the confusion in the first place and they all agree that a showroom floor is the worst place to judge

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Just what a web reviewer would write.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 27, 2015 1:54 AM PDT
In reply to: Yes, but

Web reviewer - Showrooms are not the place to judge.
Shops - You can't trust Web reviews?

CNET has folk that do a great job on the reviews. See if they have your models there. I worry about the Vizio line though. I'm sure you have heard of folk reporting shorter life spans. In Canada I worry about warranties (witness the condo insurance failures.) So which maker warrants it for over a year?

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More research suggested on your end
by Pepe7 / March 27, 2015 4:03 AM PDT
In reply to: Yes, but

FWIW, few people I know who have purchased Vizios have been happy once the difference in PQ and the post-sales service hiccups that may ocurr were discovered. YMMV. Samsung might be a better choice IME if your budget really is $3K and could forgo the latest 4K HDTVs and go with a 2014 65" 1080p model. Unless the viewing distance was extremely far away in your media room, the 65 vs 70" won't matter at all. Study the Carelton Bale chart for more info regarding the realities of resolution/screen size/viewing distances.
*most important part of article is 'In conclusion' section

You really need to visit mom-n-pop HT shops in Canada that are not big box stores. See the difference in person between several HDTV makes/models, utilizing the same content on each one. IOW, bring in the same Blu Ray title, or ask that the same satellite or cable channel be used when doing any comparison. I've gone as far as ordering two (sometimes three!) different HDTVs, then doing a side by side comparison in my own home (and client's).

Amazon reviews can be useful to the layman IME, as are the various comments in AVS forums. There are usually dedicated threads to both individual models & makes/series, sorted by sub-forum type (e.g. LCD/LED, plasma, etc. Start looking around here once you identifiy specific models you wish to research.

Let us know if you have more specific questions, especially once you nail down specific models.

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Now let's get into it. This is usually the 4K vs. 1080
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 27, 2015 1:58 AM PDT

This is usually the 4K question. For me I can skip 4K for a while since I won't be walking up to the screen but sitting at a normal viewing distance. The article at does link to the 4K TVs are stupid articles so you may want to read those to see why that was written.

If you are the type to look at the TV from a few inches away then 4K is for you.
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Sorry- I didn't see your link
by Pepe7 / March 27, 2015 4:07 AM PDT

Otherwise, I wouldn't haven't added the AVS part of my reply ;


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It's great.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 27, 2015 4:11 AM PDT

You supplied another AVS discussion on the matter. I guess showrooms are full of tricks. For example just last month I heard the salesfolk ask the potential buyer to look closely at the screens. Yes, the 4K demo looked sharper at 12 inches away (60 inch screens.)


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by Pepe7 / March 27, 2015 11:08 AM PDT
In reply to: It's great.

That almost makes me miss the days when the BB & CC sales staff were on commission (LOL).

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