Ended up buying the Samsung 55" Series 7 for $449 from Best Buy. Much better picture overall compared to the Vizio. The sound is good, but there was some fucked up low end coming out of the speakers (like low shitty subwoofer honking). I adjusted the EQ and still couldn’t get rid of it, so I finally stuffed some foam in the port holes on the speakers and that seemed to kill it enough so that I don’t hear “Hmmmphhh” every so often when people are talking or there is a low end musical percussion or bass note.
Took a bit of adjusting for colors, black balance, tint, brightness and others to make it work on cable tv, Netflix, Amazon Prime and HDR…but seem to have found a nice balance after a few hours. I tried adjusting the Vizio for 5 days and still couldn’t get a good balanced picture, where as with the Samsung, I could quickly see that the TV was “good” right out of the box, and just needed a little tweaking. Also the viewing angle of the Samsung is MUCH better than the Vizio.
I loved my Vizio TV’s for the past 15 years, but it seems like their ship has sailed unfortunately compared to the competition (maybe their really expensive stuff is still good…but I’m not spending that much money on a TV).
Thanks for the feedback.