"Great TV except for PC interface"3.0 starson by junebob1
Pros: Awesome picture quality and wireless connectivity.
Cons: Streaming from a PC using HDMI is a problem.
Summary: I bought this TV based on the good reviews and for the most part, I am very satisfied with it. The reviews are right on....except for one area. I intended to stream video and audio from my laptop PC to the TV to watch shows from Hulu and other online services. I attached a HDMI cable from my Dell laptop to the Vizio XVT473SV and things seemed good. The laptop recognized the TV and vice versa. When I streamed a movie from Hulu though I found a problem.....no audio. I checked all connections and audio setup features on both devices but my laptop was unable to stream audio to the Vizio using the HDMI cable. My laptop's sound controls wouldn't even allow me to switch it to the HDMI output. My only options in the control panel were the PC speakers or the S/PDIF output. The HDMI audio driver wasn't available. Lo and behold I checked the Vizio owners manual which states that you must use the HDMI cable for video and a separate 3.5mm cable for audio when attaching a PC! I have never had this problem before. The great benefit of using HDMI is that it carries both video and audio signals....I guess just not when using a Vizio LCD. I have a 37" Olevia LCD upstairs that accepts HDMI video and audio without a problem. To get things like Hulu to work on the Vizio, I have resorted to streaming from my laptop to my Sony receiver (using the same HDMI cable that wouldn't work when connected directly to the Vizio), and then the Sony receiver outputs video to the Vizio and audio to a Sony soundbar. As soon as I plugged the HDMI cable into my Sony receiver, my PC gave me the option to stream audio using HDMI. I wish the Vizio did that.
All in all, I am pleased with the quality of the XVT473SV. I would think that a firmware update might be able to fix this problem with the PC audio but I will have to wait and see. Until then, it gets 3 out of 5 stars. Resolve the PC audio problem and it gets 4.5!