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on June 3, 2012
6/2/2013 OK here is my latest update on satisfaction with this TV.
I have two major things that really irk me with this TV set.
1) First this TV can take up to 8 to 10 seconds to sync/display some TV stations when switching TV cable channels, it will display a black screen during that time period. If the TV looses sync during a program due to a loss of channel sync by the cable carrier it can take 8 seconds to go from a black screen to resuming picture play back.
2) I use a Sony sound bar with this TV and it is connected to the digital optical output of the TV. I have constant lip sync problems that really drive me crazy, voice and video are not in sync!
This week the TV is exactly one year old. I paid $900 for it a year ago and was trying to find a way to justify replacing it. I figured that if I sold it I would probably get $300 for it, and my wife would probably kill me. Well as luck would have it my college age daughter told me that the Vizio TV that I purchased for her in 2009 was dying, i.e. LCD back light was going bad! So much for Vizio quality. I decided to seize the opportunity and offered to give her my 47" one year old Vizio. So now she is very happy! I'm also very happy because I went out and purchased this years Samsung 55" TV model (see my other reviews). I am happy to say that no longer do I suffer from channel lag when switching TV channels and no longer do I have a lip sync problem when using my Sony surround sound bar.
I have purchased my last Vizio product. I have had 2 Vizio TV's and a Vizio sound bar and all have had problems. Yes I paid a steep premium for my Samsung TV, but I love it. I also have a Samsung TV purchased in 2006 and it's problem free.
Vizio background: Vizio is a privately held US corporation, with about 417 employees. Unlike other TV manufacturers Vizio handles design, engineering, and over sees manufacturing for their TV's but outsources the manufacturing to 3 different companies in China, Taiwan, and Mexico. Vizio's philosophy is to sell quality TV's at value prices. Vizio doesn't spend money on marketing and passes on the savings to its customers that purchase their products through Amazon and warehouse clubs.
This is a 47" Vizio LED - LCD with Internet and 3D, this TV has all the latest features. The sound quality is average on this TV. It also has 4 HDMI ports, and comes with 4 pairs of 3D glasses, and also has wireless connectivity. I bought the TV because of features, cost and because I wanted passive 3D not the active 3D that comes with expensive battery operated glasses.
Why do I care about 4 HDMI outputs? Well this is now the de facto norm for best connectivity options.
1) HDMI for Comcast cable box. If you want to receive 3D you will need to upgrade to a Cisco RNG 200 cable box (standard issue Comcast cable box doesn't support 3D). The only connection on the Cisco that supports 3D connectivity is HDMI.
2) HDMI for DVD/Blu-Ray player
3) HDMI for new laptops that have HDMI output that will allow you to surf the Internet on your computer and view and listen to the output on your TV. I've used this to play episodes of missed TV programs from my local PBS website.
4) HDMI one port to spare that I am sure will come in handy for something.
The colors on this TV are really vivid, it makes you feel like you are right in the action! We also tried out the 3D feature and are very pleased with it.
Adjustment for Watching Movies: My wife started complaining that this TV didn't play back the movies right! I didn't know what she was talking about. Looking back on the situation the best way to describe it is that all action on DVD playbacks looked artificially smooth, more like a smooth swan dance. I decided to research it and found out that this TV has a 240 Hz sampling rate to get rid of blurs on fast moving screen action. Well this 240 hz sampling up conversion apparently repeats frames and inserts new frames to accomplish what is does. The result is that the play back of movies from my DVD player didn't look right. In order to fix this go into Advanced picture settings and turn off the reduce motion blur feature and your movies will now play as they should.
Second adjustment: Tired of that annoying lighted Vizio logo on the front of the TV? Go into picture settings and turn off the display of the Vizio logo! Now the logo comes on briefly when you turn the TV on and then goes off!
Exiting 3D Mode: You can enter 3D mode by selecting the 3D button on the remote or from the on screen menu. The only way I was able to get out of the 3D mode was to shut the TV off. In order to exit 3D your supposed to select "2D Mode" from the menu options. To make it more user friendly the option should be labeled "Exit 3D mode".
Remote control: Yes the remote control is small, but I don't use it as I have a Logitech Harmony One remote. At some point in time I may have to add an applet and will probably have to use the remote keyboard function which I have never used.
Another advantage of using the Logitech Harmony Remote is that it has the ability to select the correct input when switching between modes. It selects the input source without having to cycle through all the inputs one at a time to get to the desired input!
User manual: The user manual is located on the Vizio website. No need to print it as it can be downloaded and saved to your computer as a pdf file. This will allow you to access the user manual anytime you have a need to do so.
Warranty considerations: Prior to making a Vizio purchase you may want to call Vizio or check their website for a list of authorized dealers, there are about 6 of them. Vizio will only honor a warranty claim if the item is purchased from an authorized dealer. To better understand Vizio warranty issues read the user reviews for the VIZIO VHT510 Surround Sound System.