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This review is from: VIZIO XVT553SV 55-Inch Class Full Array TruLED with Smart Dimming LCD HDTV SPS with VIZIO Internet Apps (2010 Model) (Electronics)
We have had this TV for three weeks. It replaces a Vizio 50" Plasma purchased 4 years ago that died.
- Picture quality is outstanding. Very dark black with no visible back-lighting. NFL games and fast-action video work great. Side-angle viewing is good with this TV.
- Tons of inputs.
- Vizio Support answers the phone promptly. They're helpful and courteous.
- Excellent matte screen surface with little to no glare from lamps, windows, and doors. Because of the matte finish, we opted to move our TV location perpendicular to a an 8ft sliding glass door out to the pool. We have had no problems with light or glare degrading picture quality. In contrast, this door would have caused extreme glare on the slick surface of the plasma, while also washing out the picture.
- Internet Aps are handy. Neflix is the one we use primarily. Because the TV is now the sound source, an Optical Cable is needed for connection to the Receiver. Once setup, sound and picture quality are outstanding. Getting to a list of movies with the VIA button on the remote takes only a couple of clicks. The NetFlix ap works so well, we barely use our media computer hooked up to the system.
- Remote Control and TV Setup menus on the unit are intuitive, easy to use, and graphically well done. The TV picture quality was great for us out of the box, requiring no adjustments. Remote control setup via the on-screen configuration automatically tries codes and only requires the user to click "worked" / "didn't work" in order to cycle through and find the right code. Best remote setup I've ever seen.
- Remote Control itself is nearly perfect. Well-spaced buttons that are easy to read and arranged logically and in similar locations to other DVR's. Physical size is ideal, Not too long like many remotes. Keyboard flip out is a fantastic addition.
- TV mounts to a wall without any problems. (We used the Vizio XMA 1200--worst user manual I've ever encountered) The unit is surprisingly light, given the TV's size. Still best to have two people when hanging the unit on the wall.
- Because our previous Vizio died after only 4 years, we bought a 4-year Square Trade warranty from Amazon (STAY AWAY FROM ALL WARRANTIES BY THE COMPANY "NEW"). Our Sams Club warranty was through NEW. A month of being hassled resulted in our TV being picked up and taken to a local shop. After another 10 days NEW gave us an undetermined ETA on Parts for the repair. We called SAMS CLUB and explained our warranty nightmare. Sams Club Manager told me to bring in the TV. NEW Refused to give the TV back. I found a phone number to the shop they contracted out and was able to get a address, then go pickup the TV myself. Sams Club gave us a full-refund! Avoid NEW (read reviews here on Amazon of New Warranties). Vizio also offers a similarly priced warranty extension. There is paperwork in the box for purchasing this product from Vizio.
- We're very happy with the TV.
We've had this TV now for approximately 6 months and are still happy with it. However, one complaint: I notice on very black screens where there is a an object that is brightly colored, you will see haloing. For example, credits on a movie where the screen is black and the text is white will show haloing around the text. Another example, the moon against a black background will have haloing. Seems to be a panel lighting issue. This issue can detract from your viewing experience in these high contrast scenarios.
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Initial post: Nov 15, 2010 12:16:49 PM PST
Does any of the USB ports work to allow you to hook up a USB drive to view pictures and so on??? If no then why have 3 USB ports for service only.
Posted on Jan 14, 2011 2:09:57 PM PST
D. Wilson says:
Can anyone explain what this comment means? "- Internet Aps are handy. Neflix is the one we use primarily. Because the TV is now the sound source, an Optical Cable is needed for connection to the Receiver. Once setup, sound and picture quality are outstanding." Do I need to get an additional cable to hear the sound if i get Netflix on this tv hooked up to... what receiver???
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2011 11:56:07 PM PST
Christian Dixon says:
USB ports are active now after a recent firmware update.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2011 11:58:38 PM PST
Christian Dixon says:
If you use a receiver, then you will need either an HDMI cable, or an optical cable to pipe the sound from the TV to the receiver itself. If you don't have your TV hooked up to anything, then the sound source is the TV itself.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2011 2:23:44 AM PST
jennifer muir says:
If you have a home theater system, the receiver is the component that runs your audio. In other words, the thing you plug your speakers into. What this person is saying, is that because you can access Netflix directly from this tv, in order to use your surround sound home theater system, and not just have sound come out of your tv speakers, you would need to buy an optical cable sending the audio from the tv to the receiver. If you're only using the tv speakers for sound, you don't need to buy the optical cable.
Posted on Apr 2, 2011 4:12:50 PM PDT
Michael Mcmahon says:
I had a Vizio I had for 4 years also. I think its pretty bad after 4 years and say $800 is pretty pricey. Maybe other TV's do last about the same time.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2011 4:34:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 2, 2011 4:37:19 PM PDT
Michael Mcmahon says:
Handy "prerequisite" need internet connectivity to make this work. Wired or Wireless.
1. (nice to use instead of turning on a computer to look at social web sites)
2. If you like movies on demand Neflix is a great way to stream movies over the internet for a monthly charge (see prerequisite)
A device that will receive the signal that is transmitted by your Source. eg. Tv is the source.....Destination is the receiver. An example of this would be a Bose radio. Often times they have a optical audio. People use optical audio to really enhance the sound. The best way I can describe this type of audio is solid. As far as the cable purchase, more times than not yes. You can find them on Amazon for as low as $2.00. When installing one of these cables the length is important. Another thing to note is there is usually a piece of rubber that is protecting a small piece of fiber and must be removed off each end of the optical audio cable before inserting into your Source and Destination Devices. (Fiber: basically it is a very tiny lightbulb). Optical audio is a very thin cable. The plastic piece on the end of a shoe lace (an aglet) is bigger round than an optical audio cable.
Posted on May 18, 2011 6:27:56 PM PDT
Hua Zhong says:
In the chart it says this TV is 3D ready. Does it really support 3D movie or games? I know the 4SV version definitely is a 3D TV since "3D" is everywhere.
Posted on Jan 29, 2012 12:11:28 AM PST
Michael Shaw says:
Thanks for a very informative review.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 4, 2012 5:17:02 PM PDT
An audio optical cable is not necessary. The TV also has RCA audio out plugs. We have four video devices connected directly to the TV (component (DVD player), composite (Wii) and two HDMI (DirecTV DVR and home theater PC)), and one set of RCA cables going from the TV to 5.1 receiver. We have front, rear, center and sub-woofer speakers, and the sound quality is terrific.
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