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VIZIO E3D420VX 42 Inch Class Theater 3D LCD HDTV with VIZIO Internet Apps (2011 Model)
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- 42-inch CCFL-backlit LCD HDTV with 1080p resolution, 3D video, and VIZIO internet apps
- Immersive VIZIO Theater 3D uses lightweight, inexpensive polarized glasses (two pairs included)
- Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with Internet Apps for access to Netflix, VUDU HD movies, Pandora Internet radio, and more
- 120Hz refresh rate for smooth, super-sharp viewing for fast-action sports and movies
- TV without stand (Width x Height x Depth): 40.2'' x 27.6'' x 9'', TV with stand (Width x Height x Depth): 40.2'' x 25.9'' x 3.3''
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3D Technology Checklist
This product is 3D-related. To help you get a great 3D experience, use the checklist below to ensure you have everything you need. 3D viewing requires:
|A Display |
First, you'll need a 3D-ready display--whether it's a 3D HDTV, 3D projector, or 3D computer monitor. These displays have more processing power than standard 2D models for displaying 3D images in rapid succession.
|A Source |
Your display may be ready for 3D playback, but you'll still need a device to read 3D content. This can be a cable box with a subscription to a 3D channel, a 3D Blu-ray Disc player, or a PlayStation 3 system.
|3D Content |
3D content--the actual entertainment, in other words--will be played back using the source mentioned above, whether it's a 3D broadcast from your cable provider, a 3D Blu-ray Disc, or a 3D video game.
|3D Glasses |
For now, the vast majority of 3D HDTVs require glasses for 3D viewing. Many use powered "active shutter" glasses, others polarized "passive" glasses. You'll need one pair per viewer, and they'll have to be compatible with your display, whether they're the same brand, or a pair of "universal" glasses designed to work across brands.
|HDMI Cable |
To connect your source (such as a 3D Blu-ray Disc player) to your display, you'll need a high-speed HDMI cable. Cables with this designation feature bandwidth speeds up to 10.2 Gbps (gigabits per second), for carrying the 3D signal without any loss of quality.
If you want to get more information about 3D, shop our 3D products, watch videos, or interact with other customers, we invite you to visit 3D 101, our customer center about everything 3D.
Internet-ready TVs use your broadband connection to deliver dynamic content, whether it's streaming video from Netflix, new music from Pandora, or a quick glance at today's weather forecast.
Although there is overlap, each manufacturer offers a unique bundle of free or paid services, including streaming video and music, social networking apps, online photo galleries, news and financial updates, weather info, sports scores, and a variety of other smartphone-like applications.
Manufacturers continue to add new content to their offerings, keeping customers current through firmware updates, and making a bit of research a prudent step in your buying decision.
Learn more about Internet TVs, how they work, what services are offered by different manufacturers, and exactly what you'll need to get started at our Internet TV 101 customer center.
VIZIO's 42-inch E3D420VX CCFL-backlit LCD HDTV delivers an immersive 3D experience, Internet-connected entertainment with built-in Wi-Fi, playback of music and images from USB devices, and solid audio/video performance for a price that might surprise you.
Affordable, Internet-Connected 3D HDTV
Immersive Theater 3D
Bring that intense 3D movie experience home with VIZIO's polarized Theater 3D. You'll enjoy the same crystal-clear, flicker-free 3D you get in the theater, with similar lightweight glasses that are comfortable and significantly more affordable than the heavier, powered active shutter 3D glasses used with other systems. Two free pairs of glasses are included, so you can launch your Theater 3D experience right out of the box.
2D content is stunning as well. 1080p Full HD resolution and a striking 200,000 to 1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio render every image with amazing clarity, color and contrast, while an ultra-quick 120Hz refresh rate provides smooth, super-sharp viewing for fast-action sports and movies.
VIA (VIZIO Internet Apps)
Easily connect to the Internet and stream movies and TV shows, listen to music and get the latest news, sports and weather. The latest VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA) platform delivers a large array of web-based content directly to your living room, without the need for a PC or set-top box. Or a network cable, for that matter: connect wirelessly with built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi. Enjoy streaming video from Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, VUDU, and Hulu Plus; social networking from Facebook and Twitter; a variety of music from Rhapsody and Pandora; the latest NBA action from NBA Game Time; and a wealth of other content at the touch of a button.
Optimal Viewing in Any Light
No matter your lighting arrangement, you'll always have the best picture possible thanks to built-in ambient light sensing technology. The E3D420VX automatically adjusts backlight levels based on its surroundings to optimize levels. The result is a balanced picture that will never appear washed out or too bright.
Superior Surround Sound
This HDTV also delivers advanced audio, thanks to SRS technologies. SRS TruVolume limits volume inconsistencies between programming, saving you from those incredibly loud commercials or smoothing out that action film so you don't wake the neighbors. SRS TruSurroundHD delivers an immersive surround sound experience marked by clearer dialogue, and more precise bass and high frequency signals.
3 HDMI Ports
Three HDMI ports accommodate your home theater setup, Blu-ray Player, and HD cable or satellite TV, to deliver Full HD and 3D entertainment from multiple sources.
USB Media Player
The E3D420VX features two USB ports, allowing you to connect a thumb drive to your TV loaded with music or photos. MP3 format music is supported (with display of album art and other ID3 tag info), along with JPG images. Here's your chance for a fullscreen slideshow of that family vacation.
VIZIO's ECO HD label means this HDTV exceeds the current ENERGY STAR Guidelines, saving you money on your utility bills while limiting your carbon footprint.
E3D420VX Select Specifications
|Display Size (Diagonal):||42-Inch|
|Backlight Type:||3D CCFL|
|Dynamic Contrast Ratio:||200,000:1|
|Response Time:||5 ms|
|Viewable Angle (Horizontal/Vertical):||178 Degrees|
|Channels/Speaker Output:||2 x 10W|
|Wireless (WiFi):||802.11n Single Band|
|HDMI with HDCP:||2 Rear, 1 Side|
|Component Video (YCrCB):||1 Rear|
|Composite Video:||1 Rear|
|Computer RGB:||1 Rear|
|RF Connector for Internal Tuner:||1 Rear|
|Stereo Audio Input (RCA):||1 Rear|
|USB 2.0:||2 Side|
|Optical Digital Out (SPDIF):||1|
|Analog Audio Out (RCA):||1|
|With Stand:||33.1 lbs.|
|Without Stand:||31.3 lbs.|
|With Stand:||40.2 x 27.6 x 9.0 Inches (W x H x D)|
|Without Stand:||40.2 x 25.9 x 3.3 Inches (W x H x D)|
What's in the Box
Vizio E3D420VX 42-Inch 1080p CCFL-backlit LCD TV, Remote Control With Batteries, 2 Pairs Basic Theater 3D Glasses, Power Cable, Safety Cable, Cleaning Cloth, Documentation
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
The first I had heard about FPR passive glasses based devices was about a year ago. They were said to be the next best thing but being a geek who has been burned before I was initially skeptical that the 3D effect would be very good. I was certain there will be sacrifices in image quality for 2D however I was actually very surprised by the image quality (both 2D and 3D) on this television. The device simply can not be beat in terms of image quality and features at this low price (Similarly capable LG TVs (albeit with 240 Hz and some extra bells and whistles) cost more than twice as much).
I have had an HDTV (this being my 3rd) for the past 5 years and this TV has the best image quality and features and costs the least.
- Even though this is an LCD panel the blacks levels are actually pretty good.
- PS3 and XBOX360 on HDMI look fantastic and there are several modes available to tweak color temp and/or brightness hue contrast levels.
- 3D effect looks amazing with both games and movies. I have had the TV for only a day so I have not had a chance to watch a full length 3D movie yet. 3D games I tried include wipeout HD which looks amazing. I had tried this game previously on a 3D Sony TV before and this one looks just as good while costing one 3rd.
- Lots of options are available for different settings e.g.Read more ›
The internet connectivity and available apps is really nice. If you are a Netflix or Hulu+ user, this will be extremely convenient. There is plenty of apps for sports updates too.
3D is a really nice touch to the TV. I've tried a few things in 3D and can say that you really will get a solid 3D experience from this TV. However you can't be sitting anywhere you want to. The manual comes with a diagram of "optimal 3D viewing". From certain side angles you won't get the 3D viewing.
The only major issue I've had with this TV is when using a PS3 to play video games. Ghosting (motion blur) can be an issue as well as awkward pixelations and lag when viewing in 1080p. Vizio support was more than helpful with this. They recommended changing the output settings on my PS3 which ended up fixing the problem for the most part.
Overall I highly recommend this TV for anyone who is looking for the most advanced TV tech available, while still being able to afford it.
**UPDATE 5/14/11: PS3 Settings to Reduce Ghosting and Eliminate Lag**
After playing with a ton of combinations of settings I found the following PS3 settings to work best while gaming in 2D. These settings were based on MLB 11: The Show because that particular game had the worst ghosting issues out of my games. Other games, may not need these settings.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
3 1/2 years later and the Power Board breaks. TV turns off on its own. It costs too much money to break after 3 year years.Published 5 months ago by jen rumpza
I got this tv for my kitchen area and the picture quality is great. Don't use the 3D part but got it for the bright picture quality.Published 5 months ago by Henrik Voskanian
This TV was good until it stopped working after 3 1/2 years. It will no longer turn on.Published 5 months ago by Rachel Lucking
omg the best tv ever!!!! i Have gaming pc and ive searched the web for a while and there is a driver you can make for the the EDID for this tv and YOU CAN UNLOCK 120HZ 3D PC... Read morePublished 6 months ago by jeremy
I bought this 3 or so years ago because I like 3D. I currently use this as a 3D monitor for my gaming PC and play 3D games and movies. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Timothy Cook
Came with strip that isn't as bright as the rest of the tv... But we had already exchanged it because the one before that was cracked when we opened it.Published 7 months ago by shanna louise munn