Pros Today I went to the Tustin, CA Costco and saw the new Vizio VF551XVT on display next to the VF550XVT. The VF551XVT is going for $1999 while the older model is $500 less.The picture looked beautiful, vibrant colors, no noticeable blurs.
Cons Didn't see any.
Summary Finally a LED 55 inch 240Hz for less than two grand. It has a silver color sound bar at the bottom of the display. Can't wait to purchase one, although my wife tells me to wait for the VF552XVT coming out in December that has Internet content.After reading that the Vizio VF552XVT won't be available until sometime in late first quarter 2010, I broked down and purchased the VF551XVT from Costco. It is all that I initially saw it was. Now with it sitting in my living room, the HD picture is beautiful and crisp. The color is very accurate with no color bleeding seen. With a window near the front of the TV, I see no reflection issue. The LED backlighting makes a huge difference with the black levels as compared to the picture in my old Samsung 55" LED DLP. The sound bar produces great stereo sound. It is a bit thicker than the best Samsung LED LCD out there but it is also much less costlier. The price has gone down by $100 to $1899. Great thing with Costco is that they automatically extended the warranty to 2 years. Hopefully this Vizio will last longer than my old problematic Samsung. The only negative I have found so far is that I wish the silver color sound bar at the bottom of TV should be black to match the rest of TV.
Updated on Nov 14, 2009
Pros The specs of this tv look great, it could definitely be something I would purchase. led lcd and 1000000:1 aspect ration and 240 hz. all of this for $2000!
Cons The red bar needs be be taken off! this is such a classy tv, why would you put that ugly cheap looking red on it. Make it black or like the current model.
Summary I am planning on waiting until this comes out to buy a new tv. if the red bar is on it i will most likely not purchase. if anyone from vizio is reading this please save this tv! take the red bar off. everything i have read thus far is great about the tv except for the red bar. this could be something great!by the way someone on a forum emailed vizio and talked to someone who knows what is going on and they told them that the speaker bar will be black not red like at ces 2009. so good news for most!
Updated on Mar 26, 2009
"Unbelievable TV"on by AZGreg
Pros Huge Screen, Not a lot of glare, great picture and sound, great price.
Cons TV is a bit thick, certainly not the thinnest TV.
Summary I bought a Panny 54 inch Plasma from Costco that I wasn't very happy with, so I took it back and bought this VF551XVT instead. The TV is breathtaking. The picture is one of the VERY best I've ever seen, it looked better than the 1080p Sony that it was displayed next to. With the Panny, the picture looked decent when connected to DirectTV HD receiver, but it didn't have that 3D look when watching my BluRay player. I was really dissappointed, even though I've always liked Panasonic Plasmas. I won't be returning this Vizio, that's for sure. When watching HD TV, the picture is even better than the plasma. Super sharp, like you're looking through a window. The colors look great, the blacks look as dark as the Panny (thanks to LED backlighting, or TRULED as Vizio calls it), and the sound is far superior to the plasma as well. BluRay is like a whole new experience on this TV. Even my wife couldn't believe how sharp and defined the movies look. Definately has that "3D effect" that the Panny didn't have.
The only dislikes? It's pretty thick, and the VIZIO symbol that lights white under the screen cannot be turned off. Small price to pay for such a great TV at a previously unattainable price.
Overall, I highly recommend this TV.
Pros Multiple HDMI hook-ups, excellent picture quality, easy to manipulate remote, $1,200 less than the comprable Samsung.
Cons It is a few inches thicker than the Samsung, but since I am not mounting it on the wall, it was a non issue. Silver sound bar on bottom takes a little getting used to, but it is definately not a deal breaker.
Summary Most features and benefits for the money. I watch a lot of sports and contemplated this set, the Samsung 8000 series, and even a Panasonic Plasma. When Costco knocked an additional $300 off, I could not justify the $1,200 price difference with the Samsung. Picture is phenominal, remote is easy to manipulate, and with my surround sound system, Blue Ray DVD's are awesome. I read dozens of customer and expert reviews and comparisons to the Samsung and other than a few aesthetics, the reviews were pretty similar. Also, Costco gives an additional two year warranty!Should be 4 of 5 stars, not 2...
Updated on Mar 21, 2010
Pros Price is good, sometimes the picture looks good, other times it's just ok.
Cons The picture seems grainy on both HD and SD. Wii works but I get columns of missing pixels.
Summary My neighbor has Samsung LN55B650 (120 Hz and Not LED). Her set looks better. The picture on her set has that deep black and saturated colors feel to it. We both viewed my set and thought it was not as good on HD, and way worse on SD. Wii works fine on hers.I decided to keep the TV and I am glad I did. When I hook everything up and then turn on the TV and Cable box it does an initial HDMI handshack. At that time everything looks awsome and I mean awsome (both HD and SD). Once I turn off the TV the cable box goes into some default HDMI mode. When the TV is turned back on the cable box upconverts everything instead of letting the TV to it. So HD has some miss aligned pixels on left side, and SD doesn't look that great. It is a known issue with the cable box I am using. (a motorola dcx3400 HD DVR, with fwover 2 yrs old).
We both have Charter cable. We both have HDTV receivers from charter, but different models, mine receiver is 2 years old not sure if an updated model would help. We both have HDMI cable from receiver to TV.
I am still not ruling out something on my side. I have my cable going to a splitter, so maybe a weak signal is the issue? I played with all the settings and improved the picture somewhat but still seems to be missing that crystal clear 3-D pop that I see in my neighbors set. I'll try plugging the coax directly in to the TV (I think charter does not encrypt local HD) and see if the picture improves (ruling out the receiver as an issue).
Updated on Jan 29, 2010
Also for anyone considering this TV. Sams club just dropped the price to $1598. I paid $1879 and since I am still inside my 90 day return period got the difference back in cash today. (Kenosha Wi Sams Club, GM Mike gets an A+ for customer service).
I now rate the TV 4.5 out or 5.