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VIZIO M3D550KDE 55-inch 1080p LED Smart 3D HDTV

3.7 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews
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  • Four battery-free, lightweight 3D glasses included
  • Bluetooth universal remote with full keyboard
  • Thin LED Design: TV with stand (Width x Height x Depth): 49.67'' x 32.12'' x 11.22'', TV without stand (Width x Height x Depth): 49.67'' x 30.5'' x 1.5''
  • SRS Studio Sound HD for crisp, clear audio
  • 1 million to 1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio for deeper blacks
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Technical Details

  • 3D Compatiblity
  • Built-in Subwoofer

Product Description

120Hz refresh rate for stunning, blur-free detail

Product Information

Technical Details

Brand Name VIZIO
Item Weight 58.5 pounds
Product Dimensions 11.2 x 49.7 x 32.1 inches
Item model number M3D550KDE
Batteries 2 AA batteries required.
Color Name Black
Specification Met Energy Star
Special Features 3D Compatiblity, Built-in Subwoofer

Additional Information

ASIN B0096YOQE2
Customer Reviews
3.7 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #114,841 in Home Theater (See top 100)
#1,373 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > Televisions > LED & LCD TVs
Shipping Weight 73.8 pounds
Date First Available September 1, 2012

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After doing a ton of research on LED televisions, I had decided on the M3D550KD which has raving reviews. However, it's been replaced with a newer model. Better right? That's what I was banking on but have been sadly disappointed. Let me say before going on that I don't consider myself an overly-picky person and don't have a ton of experience with LED televisions. I'm replacing a 6 year old Samsung DLP that I've been more than happy with but it's time to get rid of that clunky thing.

This really is a nice looking TV out of the box with a really nice remote. The Visio website shows the new version of the remote with the qwerty keypad on the opposite side but it's an IR remote which means it needs a clear line of sight to the TV. I was happy to discover that mine came with the bluetooth remote with the slider keypad so I need no clear line of sight. That qwerty keypad sure saves time when setting up the different apps. As for the apps, I found them to be easily navigable and smooth enough. However, Neflix is DOA on this TV. After troubleshooting with Netflix with no success (didn't troubleshoot with Vizio because there has been a lot of feedback already saying that they're passing the blame on to Netflix). Their conclusion is that Vizio installed the wrong version of Netflix so they need a firmware update with the right one. I think that will eventually happen and if this was my only problem, I'd be happy to wait for it but it's not my only issue.

Vizio advertises this to be 120 hz but on closer inspection, it's 120 hz effective which means it's actually 60 hz with a little extra processing (which is a downgrade from the M3D550KD which is 120 hz with a 240 hz effective rate). This really makes it no better than any of the other cheap LEDs out there.
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I currently own two Vizio TV's, each several years old. I've enjoyed both, though they are your basic LCD TV (not smart, LED, 3D, etc.).

When looking for a new TV, price was a deciding factor. I definitely wanted it to be smart, so I didn't need an additional box like Roku (which I own today) hooked up to it. I use Netflix and Pandora a lot, so this was a must have. Nothing against Roku because I love it -- but having it built in already is just easier. Wifi setup was part of the initial turn-on procedures (you can skip if you want), so this was a snap to get going. I did have to download the Pandora app (following a system update to Vizio Apps), but Netflix came already installed by default.

Though less important, I did want the 3D capability given I have a couple movies that have 3D options. I've never owned a 3D TV, but based on the test with Avatar 3D, I think it performed quite well. I saw Avatar 3D in the theater, by comparison this TV did produce good image quality and 3D effects, without any blurring or stuttering.

I tested this watching a Thursday Night Football game in HD, and the signal from my digital cable box was clear and responsive. Having owned smaller TV's with less features, I can't really compare the image quality of this unit vs. something priced higher. However, being a sub-$1k TV (when I purchased it on sale) with more than adequate quality during TV and movies (2D and 3D), I can't justify spending more for the apparent same functionality and experience.

There is obviously a dispute over the impact of this TV being effective 120Hz vs. true 120Hz. I think that is the case in many TV's today, given confusing descriptions and brand-created terms. However, I judge by performance and not any specs.
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For under $1000, I do not think you can find as quality a TV as this. Out of the box, the picture blows, which is the reason I deducted a star. Thankfully, I'm not afraid to mess with the picture settings, and I now have a picture that rivals my Samsung UN55ES8000FXZA. Had I known I could've had a similar picture as the Samsung, there is no way I would've spent that kind of money on the Samsung name. Also, I love the passive 3d. It works flawlessly, and being able to use the Real3D glasses you get at the movie theaters is a real plus. If you are looking for a 55in LED Smart 3D TV and you have some tech sense, this really is a no-brainer.
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Got it from warehouse store, basically same price (with tax) except Amazon offers free shipping (with Prime) and basic unpacking and setup. I needed the easy return option just in case, though.

At first we were annoyed. My wife commented that the picture looked strange. It was the dreaded "soap opera effect", and this TV does not have a specific setting to turn off "smooth motion."

After some research, I tried setting Game Mode on, and that fixed it. Whew! It was quite unpleasant watching Dark Knight Rises like it was filmed in the As The World Turns studio.

Thank goodness for Game Mode, because this is an unbeatable price for its features. A smart TV which lets you use Amazon video, Netflix, Vudu, Hulu Plus, YouTube, some Yahoo stuff, Twitter, Skype (cam needed), FaceBook, MGo, Rhapsody ... no browser, but there is a VGA input. (You'll need to let it update to get all these apps.)

And passive 3D, to boot. It may not look as high-res as active - from four or five feet away you may see thin horizontal lines - but it'll do.

There are inputs aplenty: 4 HDMI, cable/antenna, component, VGA, ethernet, USB ...

Connecting a soundbar: HDMI 1 is the ARC port. That lets you connect a soundbar to it via HDMI and control the volume through it (you can connect the video input directly to another HDMI port on the TV, rather than through the soundbar HDMI IN). If you're connecting a Samsung soundbar (HW-E450, in my case), you need to turn AnyNet+ on for this to work. Go to TV settings, turn CEC ON, System Audio Control ON. Try the Device Discovery. You probably want to go to Audio settings and turn TV speakers OFF. The video may vanish, but just go back and select that input. That should do it!
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