Originally Posted by spyder696969
is a TV I would think about buying...that is, if I ever go back to them for TV/movie viewing!
Spyder I've been in love with that TV since it was announced back at CES '09 which was 9 months ago!!! I was so infactuated with it, I saved my entire tax refund check all spring waiting for it to show up in Costco or SamsClub. Which is never did. It was to release sometime before the summer, with an MSRP of $1999.. and a street price of $1799/
Vizio remained was quiet about the tv all year long, until about 2 months ago.. when they announced it was 'still coming soon'. But MSRP was now raised to $2199. That didnt bother me, as I figured it will still street price under $2000. They've since announced the MSRP is back to $1999 and the TV is scheduled to debut this fall.. I have no idea whats taking so long, but I can be a patient man when I really want something.
And I really want this, because I've owned 2 Vizio's already, both 50" 720 Plasmas, and they both have given me an experience double what I paid for them. I have not had a single problem with them and the picture has always been fantastic. I paid $2599 for the first one.. back in June '05. It was unheard of then to find a 50" HD flatscreen for under $5k. And Vizio did it. Not only did they do it.. it came with a lifetime Costco warranty and it was the only 50" with PIP that worked with the VGA port. Which was important to me.. because if Im using my TV to surf the internet.. I can still watch TV in a small PIP window.
I waited about a year, and watched as the price continued to drop on that TV. Eventually I did the Costco return trick.. got my $2599 back in cash. And bought a 2nd one off shelf right then and there at the same store.. for $1699. Sure I put $900 back in my pocket, and it was lame to have done that, but it was perfectly legal with the lifelong return policy. Costco and Sams Club have since changed that policy on electronics to 90 days. So I wont be doing it again. Whats amazing is you can still buy this TV for $800 shipped from Vizio.
Long story short.. because of my experience with them. I've recommended Vizio to everyone I know. I know atleast a 100 people with Vizio's and they all say great things about the picture and quality. Considering the current 55" LED backlit sets from Sony & Samsung run over the $5,000 mark.. and Vizio's version is $2000. This TV is deja'vue all over again.. just like the incredible deal I got back in 2005.
I have planned to put the new 55" LED in the living room.. and the old 50" Plasma in the bedroom. As it stands I still get a compliments on the 50" Plasma right now. One of the best CE goods I've ever purchased.