Pros + Excellent display, clarity of detail on the field is phenomenal, and beautiful colors
+ Easy setup
+ Great value for the price.
Cons - Sound was lacking
- No adjustment stand
Summary This review is specifically for the Vizio model E390-A1 39" widescreen 1080p LCD television. I used the 1080i, 720p, and 480i/p modes W/HDMI & Component inputs. The screen render is spectacular. However, we don't have a particularly bright living room when the sun is shining in, if you do this unit may not be bright enough for you - such as many large windows facing south in your viewing room. We found it just bright enough to be totally pleased with the display.
The sound was lacking, did not have much low-end frequency, and not very loud either - I'm not usually satisfied with most stock TV speakers anyway. Mounting it against a solid wall might improve it, IDK. When we had loud fan(s) running (in the summer) we had to turn it up nearly all the way to hear the words. It also has a distortion (resonance) at a particular frequency when turned up >60%, and it only affects a few actor's voices, but they are noticeably distorted at that point - I didn't try filtering out the frequency with the included 5-band graphic equalizer that only works when you turn OFF "SRS studioSound HD." Now if you live in a quiet environment, or if you watch the TV at low volumes that other people can't hear, that wouldn't be a problem to you. And my hearing is excellent - all frequencies - as my hearing test results prove.
But if you need to overcome city noises, child noises, fan noises, air conditioning noise, etc. you will be disappointed with the sound as I was. I bought an auto-shutoff amplifier and hooked it up to our excellent home stereo speakers and now the sound is excellent, shakes the house. If you are using a home theater surround sound system, and if you are not using this unit just as a monitor (in which case sound doesn't matter) you are probably not considering this unit anyway. It is worth noting that the RCA stereo outputs go dead when you turn the E390i-A1 off, so an auto-shutoff amplifier works great with that - but the E390i-A1 volume control only affects the RCA stereo output levels when you have all the sound menu settings set just right, and some other settings make it too quiet to use in less than quiet rooms.
It's too bad that the sound is lacking, because this has an excellent display. I have been watching NFL football on it and the clarity of detail on the field is phenomenal, and beautiful colors that seem to be right on target with the hue. Also the viewing angles are great, the colors don't wash out much until you reach a very tight angle (like approx. 30-40* from parallel to surface). The stand tilted the screen upward just slightly, like only about 1 degrees, there is no adjustment.
One (other) caveat: I did have trouble at first with the display brightness dimming and brightening noticeably with no apparent reason, until I turned off "smart dimming" in the options. At first I thought my model did not have that option in the menu, until I noticed the "more" option in the onscreen menu under "picture" (it's in the manual too). As others have said on the reviews I had to turn this off, as the picture brightness was changing regardless of the steady room lighting state. This is also the only way to achieve the maximum LED backlight brightness, which I set to 100%, seemed just a tiny bit dark before at the default 95%.
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Hope it helps.
Pros decent surround system
Cons I cant get past the bad picture. No comparison to my 37 LG
Summary You get what you pay for. Dont waste your money if youre into a great picture.