"Good TV, not sure why the cnet review isn't better."4.5 starson by imakeuc
Pros: Easy set up, Excellent picture in all lighting, 3D is really fun and gets more use than you would expect. Internet set up easy and netflix works well. Gamers in the house are loving this set!Sound is good enough for watching TV.
Cons: Internet apps could be quicker.
Summary: I bought this set at Walmart in an all in one box that came with the 3D blueray player, 4 prs of glasses and an HDMI cable all for $678. It set up easy and the picture is excellent in all lighting conditions. We set it up next to a Sony XB42 and found the Vizio had a better picture. The sound from the forward facing speakers is more than sufficient for most viewing and when watching movies I use our surround sound system. The cnet reviewer claims it is "chunky" looking but that is all functional and why I chose the set becuase the speakers are in the front not the back where you can't hear them. I had bought a sound bar at the same time but returned it as it was unneccesary. The gamers in the house love plugging in the ps3 and playing at full 1080p and also in 3D on some games. I even had fun watching them! The 3D was not a feature I went looking for but since the package came with it and comcast has 3D service I went with it. I am glad we did, it is a lot of fun and it truly adds another "dimension" to the shows that come in 3D. The only reason I didn't give it 5 full stars is because occaisionally, on very lite, flat backgrounds there is some greyish looking areas that appear to be on the screen and could upset a true videophile ( not that a videophile would buy this set however ). We are very happy with this set and just hope it will last for a number of years. The set it replaces was a 42" rear projection Sony that was 15 yaers old so this is a lightyears better! For the price it can't be beat, compare the picture yourself in the store, remember to use similar settings on the side by side comparisons of TVs, I couldn't see what the cnet reviewer was saying about the blacks not being dark enough, the picture is very warm and full and the colors are supurb. I looked at every set out there at all different types of stores and lighting conditions and there are better pictures out there if you want to pay over $1000 bucks for a 42 incher, but once set up in your own den or bedroom you won't know the difference, and this set, for the money is excellent! About the only thing I can say is the LED version of this set is what I went out to buy that day and if it had been in a package like this one I would have paid a little more for it because it does have a little better picture when viewed in the store. You won't go wrong with either one. For the price of the LED upgrade I got the 3D blueray player, extra glasses and the sound bar ( which I returned ) and now that it is set up in the den I can't tell the difference. I hope they broadcast the superbowl in 3D, we watched some college football in 3D and it was amazing! ESPN3D has the xgames in 3D now and you can really get an appreciation for the hieghts these guys reach! Have fun!