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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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VIZIO's 42-inch E3D420VX 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.VIZIO Warranty : One Year Parts & Labor; Free Lifetime Technical Support
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. (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.
The TV itself looks good even while off. I mounted mine which worked out fine.
The picture is pretty good. i have a Samsung led lcd that I find the picture to be slightly better than, but this Vizio still looks good; more than good enough for the price range.
It is a good weight considering it's size and the plugins are convenient enough on the back.
Some down point's.
It takes longer than I would like to turn on. I'd say for it to fully turn on and get moving is a good 5-10 seconds. Not a huge issue, but it is what it is.
Another issue for me is it's wifi capabilities. My router is in my basement right under the tv. Certain areas tell me i have the maximum amount of bars (4 or 5) for signal quality. yet other areas say i have 2. I pick up the signal with all my wireless devices anywhere in my house without issue. Yet when I am watching something on Amazon Prime it will spontaneously lose signal, or not load it at all. Makes no sense to me other than believing the wifi hardware is trash compared to many others.
My last complaint is the remote. The remote feels very cheap. It is pretty awesome that it has a keyboard on the back especially if you plan to tweet or post on Facebook or what not ( i don't but it would be convenient if i did).
It is a thin plastic, feels like it could be a toy for an 8 year old boy. that and the controls can be sluggish. I hit the button for Amazon Prime right on the top and often times it will take several pushes of the button for anything to happen. Maybe it's the tv, maybe it's the remote. I don't know, but it's really damn annoying.
In the end, if you want a larger smart tv but you are on a very strict budget I would recommend this tv. For the price range (i paid $600) i would recommend it. If you have another 200 or so to spend I would suggest picking up a Samsung. You won't hate yourself if you buy this Vizio, but you'll recognize it as a lower quality version of some competition.