Excerpt: Introduction Below are my thoughts, opinions and observations of 3 solid days with the Vizio VF551XVT 55″ LED-LCD HDTV purchased from Costco. Background I am not a certified TV calibrator. I don’t own spectrometers or colorometers or flux capacitors. I’m just a dude that more or less started this blog 4 years ago to catalog and educated folks about my own research and adventures in building my own home theater .
Conclusion: At less than two grand, the Vizio VF551XVT is an O.K. deal for a 55-inch full-array backlit LED HDTV, but we’d definitely opt for the $2,300 LG LH90 which we liked a lot and cosmetically is much more refined if given the option; it’s just a better television, as is the Toshiba Regza . On the other hand, a quality 54-inch Panasonic plasma like the TC-P54S1 is $1,799, money that could be spent on a BD player.
Pros: Affordable 55-inch LED HDTV, 5 HDMI inputs, Good not great picture quality, Surprisingly robust sound system
Cons: Quality not as good as competition, Poor design (lose the silver trim), Remote should be better, No Internet capability
Excerpt: At the 2009 CES, Vizio took the wraps off of its first LCD HDTV with LED backlighting and local dimming, which consumers have been eagerly waiting for ever since. At $2,200, the VF551XVT is the least expensive 55-inch local-dimming LCD available, which makes it mighty attractive to cash-strapped TV shoppers. How well does it fulfill the promise of LED backlighting? Read on to find out...
Conclusion: There’s no question about it – for $2,200, you get a lot of TV with plenty of inputs and calibration options. All Vizio TVs are ‘plug and play’ and you can turn it on and start watching with minimal adjustment. Five HDMI ports may be more than you’ll ever need, but where’s the Ethernet connection for Internet video viewing? (Better yet, where’s the wireless Ethernet hookup?
VIZIO VF551XVT LCD LED HDTV with Local Dimming Review
23 October 2009
Excerpt: We've heard a lot of talk about LEDs as they pertain to LCD HDTVs over the past couple of years. Frankly most people don't want to dip their spoon into this alphabet soup, they just want a picture that looks good. They don't concern themselves with the fact that all LCD TVs need a backlight to deliver their picture, or traditional LCDs' reliance upon Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps (CCFLs), which are polarized and diffused before passing through color filters and the...
Pros: Big, crisp 1080p picture at a reasonable price, Packs two of the hottest technologies in LCD: local dimming LED backlighting and frame rate enhancement, TruSurround HD and TruVolume take built-in TV audio to a whole new level
Cons: A few negligible pet peeves, like a not-always-responsive remote control, Even now, staring at VIZIO's 240SPS-enhanced moving images, I'm still not a fan of "Smooth Motion" video