Excerpt: We bought this tv happily from Costco, however we really should have read up on the rviews of Vizios 42 inch specifically. MANY people complained about the picture tube going out righ about 30 months and we were no exception. Way too expensive to just stop working that quickly. People do not have that kind of money to waste.
Excerpt: Okay, so, I went out on a limb, and I decided, for the first time, that I would buy a relatively no-name LCD. Well, in my particular case, I would regret the day I decided to cheap out on a couple hundred of dollars. When I first bought this TV, as soon as I got it home, I unboxed it, and I saw 8 dead pixels, which is, of course, completely unacceptable.
Excerpt: I purchased Vizio and was happy for 13 months. Then I started losing audio sporadically. Then I could get no picture, only the Vizio logo when I turned it on. Vizio tech support said probably the main board had gone out, but was no longer covered under warranty. They also said they were having trouble getting parts for this model. I bought the TV from Sam's Club who said their warranty was for only 90 days.
Excerpt: I purchased a 42" Vizio hdtv about 3 months ago and was pretty apprehensive at first, but have been pleasantly surprised with the quality. Vizio is not a well-known name brand, but I am very happy with my purchase at a very reasonable price - - well below the price of all the competitors, but still has the same or better quality than most.
Summary: I bought this TV in Jan 2010. Mostly because I was very impressed with a smaller 24" Visio I had purchased a couple of years before. Everything was fine, color and sound were very good for almost two years, that is until the picture went out. I still had sound, but just a black screen. I called Visio Tech Support and they said one of the boards had to be replaced.
Buyer Beware. TV stopped working before 1 yr. Unprofessional dealings.
Patrick Dennis Motschenbacher, Amazon
29 November 2011
Summary: Bought this TV in November of 2010. Eight (8) days before the one year warranty ran out, the picture went. There is NO picture on the tv but the sound works. Called Vizio and the c.s. rep was really hard to deal with. She was very nice but she kept putting me on hold each time I asked a question (simple questions like where do I send the info you're requesting.) They said I had to send a copy of my receipt. So I e-mailed a PDF of it.
Summary: I bought this TV in December of 2009 for $1200 (notice drastic price drop...there is a reason why). Picture was good, sound quality was poor (volume won't actually increase past 20-30% even though the numbers increase the sound won't), the remote has to be close and pointed directly at the right spot for it to work, and there is lag in menu displays. Beyond these gems of engineering, my TV quit working after less than 2yrs. There is absolutely no picture and no sound.
Summary: I have had my Vizio VT420M 42" LCD TV for 18 months (1-year warranty). I initially paid $779 for it. The TV worked very well for the first 18 months. The sound quality of the built in-speakers left a lot to be desired, but I use my stereo anyway, so it was no big deal for me. After 18 months the picture would not come on if I used the TV for a while, turned it off, and turned it back on again. If I waited a few hours the picture would be back.
Summary: The picture quality is amazing--some ordinary shows and movies appear almost 3D. I connect audio to my receiver/surround sound system, and the audio did fluctuate. When I bought a fiber optic cable and used it for audio, the fluctuation stopped and I've been happy ever since.