"IF you get a good one I'm told they are great."1.0 starson by STR1PESRULES
Pros: Very Low Price
Alot of hookups for anything you can imagine
Widgets & All kind of cool features.
Cons: That I have had two(one went back to store and other looks like it's going back as well and they have both been very faulty.
-Screen is scrambled on cold start
-MAJOR BLOOMING even when sitting directly in front of the tv12 feet away.
Summary: It takes a lot of bad for me to give a one star review. I know that electronics can be faulty. I know that with every major electronics buy that you have roughly a 3% chance of the product being faulty in one way or another. So I will tell you my story. 6 Days ago I went to my Local Sams and purchased the Vizio XVT553SV. I've been wanting a new tv and did some internet reviews for weeks and finally decided to go with the VIzio. The reason I bought the tv is because every time I looked at what I wanted on reviews I always came back to this tv, and with the great reviews from Amazon & CNet I decided that I would roll the dice.
So I buy the tv bring it home take it to my man cave(finished basement)Plug it in and go through all the steps and hook it up to my PS3 via HDMI hookups.
TV looks pretty amazing. I watched SPEED RACER on bluray and wow I was stunned at the clarity. Within an hour I set the tv to CNET settings that the AVS forums guys reccomended using...went to bed happy.
Next morning went downstairs to see my new baby (the tv) turned it on and fired up the PS3.
WOE! Scrambling all over the place of picture..lights flashing all kinds of crazy stuff going on with the screen. I checked all the HDMI inputs wondering if I just had one that went bad overnight or something and that wasn't the problem..though hmmm wonder if my HDMI cable went bad so took the PS# and hooked it up to my 40" SAMMY LCD 650 series and it worked flawlessly...hmm not the HDMI cable.
Went back downstairs plugged PS3 back in to tv..same thing..distortion everywhere. I'm not talking light fuzz..I'm talking scrambled picture like when you're a teenager trying to tune in a cable channel that you don't get so you can see a glimpse of skin bad....actually worst.
Weird thing is...3-5 minutes later the picture would slowly unscramble and tune in and picture looked perfect...so I thought...my mind was going OOOOH CRAAAAP
My nerves calmed and I decided to throw in Inception (bluray)....OMG what happened or did I not notice it on Speed RACER because that movie is such a bright movie. It is the worst case of blossoming I've ever seen. I said that was it..I went to turn the TV off and BAM I can't. TV just froze on me solid. I actually had to hold the power button down on the sied for like 30 seconds to get the tv to turn off. So I thought to myself...wow, I must have just got a lemon. I called the Sams I bought it from told them what was happening and they said that I could return it and get another one but they were out of stock so the next closest Sams that had it in stock was 74 miles away. FINE.
Took the TV back exchanged it for another brand new one.
got it home took it out of the box and OMG scrambled to hell again..than warmed up and picture came in...but still had MAJOR Blooming...I'm not talking light blooming either I'm talking halo angel like effect in dark scenes.
That is where I'm at right now with this TV. I haven't taken it back because I have not had access to a truck and won't have access for another week and a half. But not too worried because I did buy Sams 3 year warranty for this piece of junk.
Now here is the deal. I've had two brand new TVs from two totally different sams club areas. Both were majorly messed up. I think that is pretty high odds. I don't know if they changed the electronics in these things or Vizio is playing panel lottery but I'm not a happy customer.
I did go to AVS forums and in the last 20 or so pages is starting to become a major recurring problem with these TV's. I think it's only a matter of time before CNET starts getting emailed telling them that this in no way can be a Editors Choice for 2010.
I will tell you this..some have taken pictures and put them on the site and are not having the blooming problems nor the startup problems that others are having. And believe me I'm pretty technical. I've tried everything...changing HDMI cables from 1.3 to 1.4, trying other electronics instead of the PS3 for startup. Tweaked calibrations...even freaking doing crazy things like messaging the screen like some have did for other TVs to help with blooming. What it boils down to is nothing has worked...
SO right now I have in my basement a 55" tv that has major startup problems, and rediculously bad blooming even sitting directly in front of the TV from 12 feet away.