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Nice except the poor speakers make speech hard to understand
on July 23, 2012
I bought this Vizio and a similar Samsung UN22D5003 TV within 2 weeks as 2 of our old small TVs quit.
Recommendation: Samsung UN22D5003 22" is better unless you need it fit between upper and lower kitchen cabinets.
1. Vizio: The case design is great for fitting between upper and lower cabinets in the kitchen.
2. Vizio: The menu design is excellent, better than Samsung . . easy to find and operate all settings.
3. Samsung: Better built-in speakers plus Analog and Digital audio output . . missing on Vizio.
4. Samsung: Slightly better picture quality, but not as important as other differences.
Vizio . . The picture quality is great. The on-screen menus are easier to use than most. We tried it with a "plain old analog signal" modulated from our Dish Satellite receiver for secondary TV's. With the TV in ZOOM mode, the picture filled the screen with almost no cropping and no noticable stretching . . and the overall picture quality was good for a plain old analog TV signal.
I am only down-rating this TV because of the fairly-poor audio quality. You may think the audio is OK if you don't do side-by-side comparison to other similar TVs. We are not looking for high fidelity of course, but the audio has a hollow resonance that makes speech less clear than it should be. Pickup your coffee cup and talk straight into it. Its not really as bad has talking into your coffee cup, but the speaker installation was not designed to dampen backside resonance from inside the case.
We watched a 1 hour drama last night where the audio production was good, but parts of the dialog were a little hard to understand because of the speakers. Bummer. Even newscasts are a little muddy where microphones are ideally positioned on the TV personalities.
Its ironic the TV has all sorts of audio enhancements in its Menu and then fails to pay better attention to speaker performance.