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This review is from: VIZIO E3D320VX 32-Inch Class Theater 3D LCD HDTV with Internet Apps (Electronics)The impressive thing about the Vizio E3D320VX is the way it is packed and the attention to detail. They give you a full sized Phillips screw driver to install the base, and eight stainless bolts when you need only six. The remote batteries are Mitsubishi alkaline, not some cheap "heavy duty" items. Both the panel and the glasses come with Vizio supplied cleaning cloths.
The TV is easy to set up, and the remote has a rubberized alphanumeric keyboard on the back side, making data entry easy. The two supplied 3D glasses are of the passive, polarized variety, with the premium one contoured and the basic one flat. (However you might want to liberate a pair of Real D 3D glasses from the movie theater if you wear glasses. Both of these bend in at the temples to hug your face. The Real D 3D glasses accommodate glasses better.)
The 3D and 2D pictures are both great as is the TV off-air picture using a Terk HD digital antenna here in the NYC area. The 3D (using a Panasonic 3D player) is bright and truly 3D. (The TV indicates with a dialog box that it has detected a 3D source and asks if you want to switch to 3D.)
It has a built-in wireless Wi-Fi receiver (not an expensive extra like my Panasonic plasma) and is easy to connect using the alphanumeric keyboard on the remote.
I am still exploring the various extras. But things look good so far!
A recent Samsung ad tells the difference between the active 3D TVs that they sell (both LCD and plasma) versus passive 3D TVs like this Vizio (and some LG models). Yes, they are correct that there is a minor "venetian blind effect" (light horizontal bars), particularly on white block text, but it is not really visible when you are watching a movie. (In truth, each eye is seeing a 1920x540 image simultaneously on a passive TV whereas each eye sees a 1920x1080 image with active glasses (in succession, one eye at a time, as the L and R lenses switch on and off).) But, with the convenience and cost of passive glasses ("free" at the movies), and the cost of the Vizio TV itself, the Vizio passive "Theater 3D" is very, VERY nice if not absolutely perfect.
I've watched Avatar 3D, How to Train Your Dragon 3D, and Megamind 3D on the Vizio and enjoyed every minute.
This Vizio TV has RCA audio out whereas many panel TVs do not. (They have only optical audio out.) I output the sound to a pair of Audioengine 2 - PC multimedia speakers - 30 Watt (total) - 2-way - satin black and an Audioengine AS8 - Subwoofer - 125 Watt - black in the bedroom without a receiver, so the RCA-out audio is a necessity.
Reflecting on the CONS in another review: (1) Yes, the boot-up is slow for a solid-state device, but may have to do with the fluorescent lighting panel behind the screen rather than the LCD screen itself. (2) I do not get any buzzing at all. (3) The compact remote is a plus to me. The small buttons are no problem if you are used to the keyboard on an iphone. The rubberized alpha-numeric keyboard on the back is a plus as are the direct-connect Netflix labeled button (and others) on the front of the remote.
Keep in mind this is a $500 3D set.
[SEE NOTE BELOW] This passive 3D TV does not seem to work in conversion mode with the newer players that convert 2D -> 3D, specifically the Panasonic 310. The 2D and 3D images are perfect, but the 2D->3D conversion results in a flickering image that is 3D but hard on the eyes. The same 310 works well in conversion mode on my 600Hz Panasonic plasma. Perhaps the problem is that the 32" Vizio is 60Hz. In any case there is an apparent incompatibility problem. If I learn how to prevent the flickering I will report back.
In Comments, C. Anderson explained how to get this set to work in 2D->3D conversion and it works. His procedure: Turn on your Blu ray player and navigate to setup, next go to player settings, then push TV/Device Connection. Go to 3D settings and then go to 3D type, click this and change it to Side by Side. [I got a warning saying that the set is capable of Full HD, which is true, but not in 2D->3D conversion.] Once you have changed it to Side by Side, the problem is fixed. Now insert a non-3D movie you want to watch in 3D, and push the 3D button on the player remote to select 2D->3D. Your TV will sense 3D content and ask you if you want to watch 3D or 2D. You will only have a few seconds to push Yes, so be ready with the Vizio remote or it will revert to 2D.
Note that there have been reports that Vizio will not act on defective sets after the 1 year warranty is up. PERIOD. They will not repair sets AT ALL. While in warranty they will replace sets with refurbished units. So buy a Square Trade warranty of your choice of length FROM AMAZON within 90 days of placing your order (not delivery). Square Trade will not sell warranties from their Website for units bought at certain stores like Amazon, Best Buy, and a few others.
Still going strong. Zero problems. Remote repelled some liquid with no ill effects.
Still going strong. Zero problems.
Still going strong. Zero problems. Works like the day I unboxed it.
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Initial post: Aug 22, 2011 12:25:24 PM PDT
How is the 60hz on this tv? Is it similar to a 120hz smooth motion? I've read some led/lcd tv's that are 1080p/60hz/5ms actually have smooth motion.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2011 2:07:06 PM PDT
Because it is passive 3D, Vizio can get away with 60 Hz on a 32 inch screen. (There have been some complaints of ghosting if your point of view is not dead on.) However the 32 inch passive 3D Vizio does not seem to be compatible with 2D -> 3D conversion capable BD players. Conversion looks great on my 600 Hz Panasonic plasma, but the flickering of the converted image on the 60 Hz Vizio is unacceptable.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2011 6:51:52 PM PDT
Got it, so it does not look like a 120hz smooth motion tv correct? In either 2d or 3d mode, it will have a blur on fast moving scenes?
Now my decision is if I should get the Vizio 32 120hz led/lcd or this tv.
Thanks for your reply.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2011 7:08:35 PM PDT
The Vizio passive 3D 32" is perfect at 2D and excellent at normal 3D but unacceptable at 2D -> 3D conversion. The Vizio passive polarized glasses are the same as the Real D 3D glasses used in theaters, so extras are "free." A friend in Chicago has the 42" passive 3D Vizio but I have not seen it for comparison. You need a 3D BD player for any type of 3D playback, but the high speed HDMI cable needed for active systems is probably not necessary for passive since L and R images are displayed simultaneously on a passive screen. The latest players will do a 2D -> 3D conversion. I have not tried 2D -> 3D conversion on the passive Vizio with a high speed HDMI cable but I will soon to see if that makes a difference. The conversion behavior with a regular HDMI cable was unacceptable as I said. I have not seen any other Vizio panel, neither 2D nor active 3D to compare with this model.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2011 8:34:55 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 12, 2011 8:36:21 PM PDT
You must have your settings incorrectly set-up. Please reply back and I will guide you how to correctly use 2d to 3d. I also have this TV and panasonic 210 blu ray and have converted many dvds as well as blu rays to 3d. They are both extremely smooth with absolutely no flickering. (I had mine set up wrong just like you and the flickering was unbearable). Your review about compatibility almost kept me from purchasing both, so lets check your set up and see if we cant get your review changed :)
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 16, 2011 1:29:59 PM PDT
You can email me through my Amazon bio. I'd like to know. I charged to a high-speed cable (which should not have been necessary) and there was to change to the flickering. The Panasonic 310 works fine with the 50" Panasonic plasma.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 16, 2011 2:31:03 PM PDT
I will post here as to help others who have troubles. The problem is this TV doesn't support the full HD 3d(for conversion) that is the default setting on your blu ray player. Turn on your blu ray player and navigate to setup, next go to player settings, then push TV/ Device Connection. go to 3D settings and go to 3D type, click this and change it to Side by Side, as this TV supports neither Full HD (for 2d-3d conversion). Once you have changed it to Side by side, the problem is fixed. Now insert a non 3d movie and push the 3d button and go to 2d to 3d conversion. Your TV will sense 3D content and ask you if you want to switch, you will only have a few seconds to push yes so be ready or it will revert to 2D.
Thats all! good luck, let me know if this resolves your issue.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 16, 2011 3:54:50 PM PDT
Thanks. I'll give it a try.
Posted on Oct 10, 2011 1:32:16 PM PDT
I checked Square Trade against Walmart, and the Walmart 3-year warranty was much cheaper ($59 vs $45). Price of the TV (today) is a dollar more there.