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Vizio M-701d and M-551d TWO THUMBS UP!!!
on August 19, 2013
Purchased the 55" version of this TV a few weeks ago for my son and received the 70" version a few days ago for my man-cave. Being a Samsung fan, I was very skeptical about jumping into the Vizio brand of TV's. I just couldn't justify the heavy price increase per inch between the Samsung over these new M-series TVs so I decided to take the plunge. I replaced an aging Samsung 50" plasma I purchased in 2005 with the 70" M-series and the difference is unbelievable. I am completely impressed with how far Vizio has come with its TV line.
I got very lucky on both sets as both panels (55" and 70") are good to go without serious blemishes or imperfections. The 70" as indicated by others here on Amazon and other forums, exhibits the least amount of panel flaws. I have very minimal (and I mean minimal) light bleed and only on very bright images. It is hardly noticeable on either TV and you have to force yourself to even look for it. Trust me, I'm pretty OCD about these kind of things and it doesn't bother me in the slightest. If I bothered to lower the backlight a little it would completely go away entirely, but I like a bright screen and since it's almost invisible to detect anyway, I just left the backlight on high.
It's not a major problem, but worth noting, as other reviewers have mentioned, you need to point the Vizio remote at the bottom left corner of your TV for it to pick up. The remote on the 70" is more responsive than the 55" but not by much. I did find a good work-around for this however. I have Verizon FIOS and simply programed the Verizon remote to handle most of the basic Vizio commands. For those with these new M-series TVs and FIOS, simply press the "ok" and 0 buttons at the same time on the Verizon remote and then enter code 424. Next press the channel changing button until the Vizio turns off, hit ok and you're now able to control power on/off, volume, and input selection via the Verizon remote (which is about 90% of what you will use your Vizio remote for anyway).
3D looks spectacular and the passive technology allows you to use any non-powered 3D glasses (hint: next time you go to the movie theater, keep the glasses and don't recycle them...they will work on your new Vizio).
The 70" updated yesterday to firmware version 1.08, which I believe is the latest version right now. As far as network connection goes, I have max bars indicated on my 70" and 55" and my FIOS router is on the other side of the house, so reception is good. I am easily able to stream content without any issues. Just make sure your internet speed is higher than 15/5. Mine is 50/25 which is recommended anyway if you plan on streaming movies and TV shows.
Rented Oblivion last night in HD and after calibrating the TV with my Disney WOW calibration Blu-ray. In a word....INCREDIBLE!! Colors were vibrant, shadow detail was the best I've seen in a flat panel TV and black levels surpassed my old Samsung plasma. If you are like I was and are sitting on the fence about buying this TV, rest assured, it does not disappoint! I am not an avid TV viewer, but I find myself really getting into it now with this larger 70" set. With my surround sound set up and this new TV, it actually felt like I was in a movie theater last night. Can't wait till football season and "The Walking Dead" season 4 starts on AMC!!!