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Comparing THIS Vizio to the Haier HLT71
on July 15, 2011
Just as other reviewers have said, the VIZIO VMB070 is a great TV... but if they'd only improve ONE thing, it would be an EXCELLENT TV. YES...the audio is truly uncharacteristic of what I expected from a unit of this quality.
Anyway, when comparing the Vizio to the Haier 7" (HLT71) which I also have, the Vizio DOES win...even with its dreadful audio.
What's better about the Vizio? First, the controls. It's more user friendly that the Haier. It's even better than the Haier when you don't have the remote on hand and must use the TV's own buttons. The Vizio's are touch sensitive and super-impose your actions on the screen when the buttons are pressed. The Vizio's remote is superior to the Haier and has good "click" action when a button is pressed.
Reception...is better on the Vizio. Right away, I got 4 more stations on the Vizio than on the Haier. I'm using the same external antenna that I used on the Haier, so I'm comparing apples to apples. Even the whip antenna on the Vizio is superior to the Haier... and is HALF the size!!! Interestingly though, the 1 (and only) analog station in town is clearer on the Haier.
Besides the audio is there anything else I DON'T like about the Vizio? The screen is shiny, as apposed to the matte finish on the Haier. So viewing the Vizio outside, or in a room with lots of overhead light can be tricky to avoid the reflections. The Haier does not suffer in that way.
I bought this unit from Amazon. Great price...and it arrived in only 3 days! Excellent experience!!
P.S..... i guess i'll just have to use it with either headphones or external speakers. sigh!