While the picture doesn't pop as much as the cheaper E-Series, the M-Series is much more accurate for it. The new E-Series firmware (review forthcoming) has a tendency to crush shadow detail in return for darker blacks, but the M-Series is able to retrieve most of that missing detail. Thanks to the local-dimming system the M551d-A2R is able to provide a happy compromise between deep black and shadow detail. The downside is that dark scenes with white highlights don't have as much pop as on a plasma like the Panasonic TC-P50S60 or nondimming TVs. Colors are bright and saturated, though possibly a little too saturated, but better than the sickly looking flesh tones of the E-Series.
July 3, 2013 9:10 AM PDT
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| Caption by: Ty Pendlebury
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