This set replaced a five year old 42" LED tv, which has now been moved to a bedroom. Due to space constraints, only 45" of horizontal space was available, but the VIZIO M501d-A2R fits 50" of screen into the space formerly occupied by a 42" set, thanks to its ultra-thin bezel. Image quality is amazing. 3D is amazing to watch, but for now I am not upgrading my Blu Ray player to a 3D model. The inventory of 3D disks is small: Amazon sells only 195 titles. For now, I am content to explore the 3D content on Netflix, since I already pay for a streaming account. I needed the M series 50" set to fit the space, and there was no non-3D option M series set (one can choose or opt out of 3D in the E series, but the largest E series I could have fit was a 47" model). Controls and remote are intuitive and not difficult to use. Although my previous set had the capability to rename inputs (e.g HDMI 1 = "cable tv", HDMI 2 = "DVD", etc.), the function was buried deeply in the set-up menu and I never noticed/found it. It's easy to find on the This set replaced a five year old 42" LED tv, which has now been moved to a bedroom. Due to space constraints, only 45" of horizontal space was available, but the VIZIO M501d-A2R fits 50" of screen into the space formerly occupied by a 42" set, thanks to its ultra-thin bezel. Image quality is amazing. Prior to buying this set, I was using a 2009-2010 model Vizio Blu Ray player with integratedWiFi. I have a dual band router, but sometimes I would get "insufficient bandwidth" notices when trying to stream with this disk player. Rarely was I able to stream in HD. I now realize that I was working with the limitations of a first-generation WiFi receiver. The WiFi capabilities in the new set are amazing and a big step up from what I had previously. Most Netflix and Amazon HD content streams at 1080, as does Netflix 3D content, and I am using the same dual-band router as before. Sound is unimpressive, which is not surprising, given the streamlined design of the set. There is simply no room to incorporate significant speakers on such a sleek set. I use a Bose Solo sound bar beneath the set. At this price point, I doubt if most buyers would rely on the set's native speakers, and most probably use a Surround Sound system or at least a sound bar. I keep the tv's speakers turned off and simply use the Bose system for audio, using a digital optical cable. Like most or all tv's with this feature set, there are options to reduce the "soap opera effect" when watching content filmed at 24 frames/second, such as motion pictures and prime time tv programs. There is a "film mode" setting which can either be switched off (if you WANT the soap opera effect) or left on "auto", which detects and corrects for 24 fps content. More importantly, use the "Smooth Motion" setting and turn it to "off" or "low" to minimize the soap opera effect. The default setting is "medium", at which a motion picture will definitely have the soap opera effect. If Smooth Motion is turned off, motion pictures will lose the effect and appear "normal". For live tv, especially sports, you will want the Smooth Motion feature turned ON. Admittedly, this is bothersome to have to toggle the setting back and forth, but until they develop software to allow the set to auto-correct for this issue, manually moving the settings as described above will do the trick. Amazon and Costco were sold out of this model. I could not find a WalMart store that stocked this model, but fortunately was able to find it online at walmart.com. Delivery was prompt and free, whereas Costco would have charged $80 for delivery. Very pleased with this purchase!
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