Originally Posted by infin|ty
I'm currently looking for a replacement for my 60" Sony XBR2 projection TV. I was ready to pull the trigger on a 70" M70-D3 for $1,699.00 at Best Buy. I see the new M70-E3 is now available. I also see there is a new E series 70".
1.) Is the M70-E3 worth $300.00 over the M70-D3?
2.) Is the E70-E3 better than an M70-D3?
I'm coming from a TV that is 11 years old so I'm not super picky but I would like the best bang for the buck and longevity.
1.) It depends. There are trade offs. The 2017 M70 has fewer dimming zones, ( 32 vs.64 ) a slower 60hz panel ( gamers generally want a faster 120Hz panel ), but a Wide Color Gamut. If you want to take advantage of the deeper color capabilities, you will need to purchase an HDR capable Blu-ray player, and also purchase UHD Premium Certified blu-ray discs. Not that many of them out there.
I have a 2016 M70, and had the option to return it to Costco ( within the 90 day return window ) after Vizio announced the 2017 M's. I chose to keep it because higher dimming zone count is more important to me than wide color. 4K content availability is getting better, but still very limited. 4K-HDR content is even fewer and farther between, and it will be a couple of more years before it starts to become more commonplace. Wide color content is even more scarce, and won't be something you will see on broadcast/cable sources - probably ever. The 2016 M does both Dolby Vision HDR and HDR-10, so you're covered with that. That is more important than wide color IMO.
2.) No. The 2016 M70-D3 is significantly better than the 2017 E70-E3. For starters, it has over 5x the dimming zones ( 64 vs. 12 ). A higher zone count = better picture with deeper blacks = higher contrast, etc. The M has a 120Hz panel vs. the E's 60Hz panel. It has 5 HDMI inputs vs. 4. So even though Vizio was able to pass some of the better tech from the M series to the 2017 E's, the 2016 M is still a better TV. You still get what you pay for. The E series is their Entry level models. The M series is their Mid-range models and has better innards. It's designed to last longer. The P series = Pro.
Vizio is really good about supporting their existing customer base with frequent software updates that add capabilities and functionality. The 2016 M TV's will be getting the same software as the 2017's, so you really won't be missing out by getting last year's model.