I have to support your feeling. I have a friend who had a Vizio, and his picture, to be on point, sucked. He ended up getting a Panasonic Plasma, and the Vizio went to a distant relative.I personally could never convince myself that the Vizio, same model that the OP has stated, has that good of a picture. Some channels looked fine and then others not so much. Too bad because it has a very attractive price point and feature set, but I could never get the thing dialed in for an acceptably consistent picture. I took it back and ended up with a Sony KDL-50W800B and have been very happy with it.