Conclusion: Vizio is king of North America these days and with future products integrating 802.11n, Bluetooth and Internet connectivity, they may be out to conquer the world. For now, though their latest Smooth Motion 240Hz set is a nice step up from the SV470XVT we tested a couple years ago. We continue to like the simple but elegant stylings and if you don't mind the limited calibration and eccentric menu system, aren't into network features, or already have them on your Blu-ray...
Pros: Excellent color reproduction, Universal learning remote, Great value for picture quality, Energy Star 3.0
Cons: 240Hz mode is unpolished, Remote lacks discrete inputs, Only 1 component video input on rear of set
Conclusion: Despite the hard time it had with a few of the HQV torture tests and its relatively narrow viewing angle, the SV471XVT is still a large and attractive display that's capable of delivering tremendous color and clarity with high definition programming. Feed it HD, sit in the middle of the room and you should be a happy camper. And with its list price of only $1,499 the SV471XVT does offer considerable bang for the buck and warrants your serious consideration.
Pros: Solid HD picture at an attractive price, Independent volume settings across all inputs, Good connectivity including four HDMI inputs and one for your computer
Cons: "Smooth Motion" processing creates an unsettling picture, Blacks often appeared more charcoal gray than black, Irritating logo light front and center beneath the screen, Poor off-axis performance