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VIZIO VF551XVT 55-Inch XVT-Series TruLED 240 Hz SPS HDTV

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  • TruLED Superior Led Performance
  • Smart Dimming
  • SPS is of 240 Hz
  • Dynamic Contrast Ratio is of 2,000,000:1
  • Full HD 1080P
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Technical Details
Brand NameVIZIO
Item Weight90.2 pounds
Product Dimensions51.5 x 13.5 x 35.9 inches
Item model numberVF551XVT
Color NameBLACK
  
Additional Information
ASINB002JPEWOO
Best Sellers Rank #107,279 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight119 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableJuly 30, 2009
  
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  • Brand Name: VIZIO
  • Model: VF551XVT
  • Display Technology: LED
  • Display Size: 55 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Product Description

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The VF551XVT 55-inch TruLED delivers the best picture quality available on an LCD HDTV. This direct type, backlit LED HDTV is comprised of 960 LEDs divided into 80 control blocks and utilizes Smart Dimming to intelligently control these blocks, turning them on and completely off, based on the content you're watching. This cutting edge technology stops light leakage enabling you to achieve REAL 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio for rich, dark scenes delivering an experience that will blow you away. Rounding this out are features such as full 1080p high definition resolution for crystal clear images, 240Hz Smooth Motion for fluid transitions and SRS audio technologies for amazing sound. The Extreme VIZIO Technology series epitomizes what HDTV should be.

An LED HDTV with local backlighting you can actually afford. Click to enlarge.

Full 1080p resolution for the best picture.

240 Hz refresh rate for blur-free images.

Smart Dimming creates a 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio for richer blacks and brighter, bolder colors.

ECO HD exceeds the current Energy Star Guidelines by 15% below Energy Star 3.0.

TruLED
LED backlighting provides black levels unmatched by traditional CCFL backlights, and now VIZIO is offering the technology at a price point once unheard of.

TruLED is comprised of 960 backlighting elements, controlled independently in 80 blocks or zones of 12 LED elements each. Local backlighting with VIZIO's Smark Dimming technology means you'll always get an incredible picture, no matter lighting in the room.

1080P Full HD
Full 1080P High Definition resolution gives you over 2 million pixels, making the clarity and detail of your picture razor sharp.

Smart Dimming
Smart Dimming creates 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio enabling us to achieve the richest black levels by intelligently controlling these 80 blocks of LEDs, turning them on and completely off--and richer blacks mean brighter, more bold colors.

240Hz Refresh Rate
Delivers 240 scenes per second producing enhanced frame rate and delivering sharper clarity of fast action scenes for blur free images.

SRS Audio Technologies
SRS TruVolume evens out dynamics to limit volume inconsistencies between programming. SRS TruSurround HD delivers immersive virtual high-definition surround sound out of the unit's two speakers.

178-Degree Horizontal and Vertical Viewing Angle
The VF550M features a viewing angle of up to 178-degrees, resulting in a crisp and clear picture that is easily visible from just about anywhere in the room.

Green Technologies
VIZIO's Eco HD models exceed the current Energy Star guidelines by 56% below Energy Star 3.0, which saves you money on your utility bills while limiting the impact on our planet.

In addition to the fact that LED HDTVs are more efficient than standard LCDs, the display's LED backlights do not utilize mercury, an environmentally harmful substance used in other backlights.

VF551XVT Inputs

  • HDMI with HDCP: 5 (1 side)
  • RF Connector for Internal Tuner: 1
  • Component YPbPr plus Stereo Audio: 2 (1 side)
  • S-Video: 1
  • Computer RGB: 1
  • Composite Video: 1
  • USB Port: 1

VF551XVT Outputs

  • SPDIF Digital Optical: 1
  • Stereo Audio: 1

One-Year Warranty
VIZIO provides a one-year warranty on its products for extra peace of mind in your purchase.

What's in the Box
VIZIO SV551XVT, VIZIO remote control VUR8M, AA batteries for the remote control (2), Power cord, Safety Strap, Cleaning Cloth, User manual, Quick Setup Guide, Registration Card

Product Description

The VF551XVT 55” Class (54.64 inch diagonal) Full Array TruLED delivers the best picture quality available on an LCD HDTV. This direct type, backlit LED HDTV is comprised of 960 LEDs divided into 80 control blocks and utilities Smart Dimming to intelligently control these blocks turning them on and completely off based on the content you’re watching. This cutting edge technology stops light leakage enabling you to achieve REAL 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio for rich, dark scenes delivering an experience that will blow you away. Rounding this out are features such as full 1080p high definition resolution for crystal clear images, 240Hz Smooth Motion for fluid transitions and SRS audio technologies for amazing sound! The Extreme VIZIO Technology series epitomizes what HDTV should be!

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Customer Reviews

IT IS AMAZING! Picture is excellent! Doesn't matter if you are watching standard definition, High def, a DVD, a BLURAY, or a video game. Read more ›
The TV arrived very quickly and just as expected. It looks great in my living room and the quality is amazing. I contemplated purchasing a plasma due to the so called… Read more ›
We love the TV. The picture is great. We had it put above our fireplace mantel. Read more ›
Can't beat this TV...The picture is Awesome If you have invested some time looking around at different TV's look no further I got mine thru Sam's a bit cheaper and it is… Read more ›
The 240HRTZ is nice but is artificial along with the 120 or just like the 600 from plasmas. I have nothing bad to say about this t.v. im a gamer and the picture is excellent. Read more ›
Makes my Sony Bravia 52 inch and my 52 inch Sharp Aquos look dull and small in size. Outstanding color, picture brilliance is unmatched. Purchased one week prior to the… Read more ›
It's great for movies and regular shows. The sound is so good, I only use my Sony audio system when we watch movies. The only drawback is that it is REALLY heavy and… Read more ›
The quality and sound are outstanding. It was delivered and set up by the delivery people and I couldn't be happier. Read more ›
Sound is surprisingly good - not as amazing as…Depth and sound separation is surprisingly good (well, the speakers are 50" apart), and the fidelity is more than I expected. Read more ›
Pros: bright, crisp picture with dramatic contrast performance; lots of inputs; low power consumption; support; works great out of the box; 1080p; good sound; Cons: remote… Read more ›
it's not an audio system it's a high end TV, most people will use a surround sound system for great sound, but not to worry the Vizio's sound is just fine for casual TV… Read more ›
Can't say much for the audio quality. Like all audio on TVs, there is little bass and the audio just doesn't sound great. We have a home theatre setup, so the audio isn't a… Read more ›
I didn't care if it had Internet apps and not into 3D so this is a Prefect HDTV for my needs! Also, I got it for a Great Price.. My parents bought a 46" Vizio a couple… Read more ›
Lots of…Got an excellent price at a time when people learned this model was better than the new version ,making this tv in high demand an almost non existent.sold out. I… Read more ›
Got an excellent price at a time when people learned this model was better than the new version…I was eventually able to locate mine for an excellent price, free shipping. Read more ›
TV is the best value for features and cost... Smooth motion is nice but is better on more expensive sets. Large movement breaks fluidness of frames as it appears to go… Read more ›
As I researched I soon found that everyone that makes a LED TV has a pretty strong rating, therefore I decided to wait until "black Friday" then buy from the one with the… Read more ›
Currently the lowest priced LED-backlit LCD TV with local dimming capability, the VF551XVT offers similar performance to TVs from the name brands which may sell for up to… Read more ›
All colors are crystal clear and accurate, and everyone that has seen this TV has said that it looks like a 3D image, and that it really sucks you into the movies because… Read more ›
And in less than 20 minutes we were…Using our Sony DVP-NS700H, with its upscaling using HDMI outputs, on the standard setting, the sharpness and color was just amazing. Read more ›
I watched these movies in complete darkness to test the…Under the right circumstances, it was obvious how nice the blacks were by the letterbox lines seeming to disappear. Read more ›
The television set up smoothly, just followed directions, and bingo...wonderful view, beautiful color and not a bad sound. Read more ›
The picture is wonderful. It's very bright, excellent color and vivid. I own another lcd TV but I notice that this LED LCD has a much brighter and more vivid picture. Read more ›
But viewed on axis (straight ahead), or slightly off axis, the TV produces exceptional black levels for an LCD TV. Dark films on Blu-ray such as "Blade Runner" and "The… Read more ›
This TV is everything we expected it to be. The picture clarity is phenominal and compared to the other televisions, this particular model was perfect for our needs. We… Read more ›
I am very pleased with this TV. The picture is awesome, the features are great, the quality is excellent and it didn't cost a fortune. I give it five stars. Read more ›
We are very happy. One nice side feature is the picture-by-picutre feature which allows my kids to play the Wii while I watch the big game. Read more ›
I researched extensively and am quite pleased with the TV. Great picture quality and I am quite impressed with the features. Good investment. Read more ›
It actually lights room with colors displayed…I like the features found in this television as well, they allow for extensible customizing... Presets are specific to inputs. Read more ›
Was particularly after the full array backlit LED lighting with area dimming. Makes for some superb contrast and a crisp screen. Used as my PC monitor. Read more ›
Again, this was really my first experience with HD so "blew my mind" might even be an…Very sharp edges, great resolution and realism on shiny objects especially. When… Read more ›
Recently, my father's 62" Mitsubishi DLP TV stopped working and needed to be replaced. He didn't want alot of room taken up, but still wanted a good sized screen. Based on… Read more ›
There was a scene filled with moving crabs. That looked absolutely awful on the screen. Was there too many moving elements for the compression algorithm? Read more ›
Dark films on Blu-ray such as "Blade Runner" and "The Dark Knight" produced inky black images with very good shadow detail and crisp image delineation with no noticeable… Read more ›
The cost is also a plus. The real pleasure was buying it from Amazon, the purchase was easy, the delivery and setup was excellent. We have owned this set for 6 months and… Read more ›
Set up was as easy as pie. A big start up screen instructed us in setting up the Antenna TV and the DVD player. Read more ›
We had it set up and running within the hour of receiving it. Set up was very easy, and the difference in picture quality from our 50" Plasma is amazing! I will not tell… Read more ›
I am so pleased with the television and at the time the price was excellent. It was easy to set up. I was amazed how much better the picture is after hooking up the hdmi… Read more ›
Buying from Amazon I saved on shipping and sales tax so I actually made out a little better than if I had found it…The TV is awesome, super vivid picture and easy to setup. Read more ›
[I had a programming issue with the remote. Accessing and getting support was very satisfactory and the problem was resolved very timely.] Read more ›
Also, turning off the "Soap Opera effect" on this TV can be a pain because it's not easy to navigate to the setting. Read more ›
I went with this one over the 552 because I really didn't need wireless or the gadgets, and…When it arrived, I was impressed by its size, obviously, but it is quite thick. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

91 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Chris Boylan TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 22, 2009
VIZIO's VF551XVT is proof that VIZIO can produce not just high value TVs but high performance ones as well. Currently the lowest priced LED-backlit LCD TV with local dimming capability, the VF551XVT offers similar performance to TVs from the name brands which may sell for up to twice the price.

The set's "240 SPS" processing is not "true" 240 Hz, but is really 120 Hz processing with a scanning backlight to effectively get 240 "scenes" per second. The feature does reduce motion blur on things like sports and live TV broadcasts, but we found that it added an unnatural video-like look to movies, not unlike other brands' motion smoothing/motion interpolation technology. Also, off-axis viewing is fairly typical for LCD TVs, turning blacks to bluish gray and generally losing color saturation outside a 90 degree viewing angle (45 degrees in either direction).

But viewed on axis (straight ahead), or slightly off axis, the TV produces exceptional black levels for an LCD TV. Dark films on Blu-ray such as "Blade Runner" and "The Dark Knight" produced inky black images with very good shadow detail and crisp image delineation with no noticeable haloing. Colors also appear accurate, with good flesh tones once the set is properly calibrated.

The VF551XVT lacks any kind of internet streaming or IPTV features - this will be coming early next year in the VF552XVT. It's also significantly thicker than the latest LED-backlit TVs from Samsung and LG, but if you're looking for a big flat panel LCD TV with excellent contrast, it's hard to go wrong with the VIZIO.

A complete review of the VF551XVT is available on Big Picture Big Sound (dot com).
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Paul E. Seals on December 22, 2009
About a month ago our old DLP HDTV started to go out and I decided that I was tired of throwing money at the TV (expensive bulb replacements) so I decided to go with a newer but STABLE technology.
After doing a lot of research and wanting the best picture I could get with out breaking the bank, I decided on the VIZIO VF551XVT.
There are some people who will tell you to go with a Plasma because you can get a lot more TV for less money than a LCD, especially a LED Back lit TV.
Their right, except, what no one mentions is that unless you can control the light in your room where the TV will be placed you will get horrible reflections because most Plasma TV's have very glossy reflective screens.
Most (not all) LCD TV's have a matte screen and usually do much better in a standard well lit living room like mine.
Also I should mention that Plasma TV's are generally much heaver to mount and consume a great deal more electricity than this TV does.
This is Plasma TV's dirty little secret.
The VIZIO VF551XVT is a bright LED back lit TV that will work well in a totally dark or well lit room.
As for the picture, I bought a VIZIO VBR100 Blu-ray Player to go with it and the picture is stunning!
I won't go into a lot of technical details but suffice to say this TV will have all the adjustments that you need even if you want to calibrate the picture as I did.
Another poster mentioned the sound as being terrible, I don't think it's that bad? it's not an audio system it's a high end TV, most people will use a surround sound system for great sound, but not to worry the Vizio's sound is just fine for casual TV watching.
For those of you who will use the included remote it's a nice back lit multifunction remote control.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Fitznuckle on November 28, 2009
Verified Purchase
I researched many high end LCD blacklit TV's before I decided to purchase the VIZIO VF551XVT 55 Inch TruLED 240 Hz SPS HDTV. This particular model has the same quality and features found in current high-end Samsung and LG Models but at almost half the price.

The carrier service that delivered the TV was excellent. They brought the TV from the delivery truck into my home and unpacked it and placed it in my living room for me. They also took away the packing materials when they left.

I hooked my XBox, Blu-Ray DVD Player, Amplifier,and HD Cable Box to this TV quite easily. The instructions that came with the TV were very clear and easy to understand. I was able to program the remote control that came with this TV to operate my cable box, amplifier and DVD player in no time with minimal effort. I just followed the instructions in the manual.

I am very pleased with this TV. The picture is awesome, the features are great, the quality is excellent and it didn't cost a fortune. I give it five stars.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By L. Strasser on November 30, 2009
I have been waiting for this TV to become available at my local COSTCO.

Picked it up on Saturday, November 28.

This replaces a high end SONY 46 inch unit.

The best video I have ever seen to date.

Only glitch so far is there's only 1 "COMPONENT input on the back", but this should not be an issue as most new gear is HDMI (4 inputs)!

Audio is fair to poor with the built in speakers, but, who uses the
built in speakers?

AMAZON, you need to check the competitions prices and warranty.( I'm a long time AMAZON customer).

COSTCO give you a 2YEAR warranty, and concierge service.
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