Originally Posted by SSChevy2001
Maybe it's a bad model, but this is my 3rd unit. The 1st one had a bad pixel in the center of the screen with a shadow around it. The 2nd one had what look like a huge circular shadow on the screen. It's a shame I didn't really get a chance to test either one with a dark movie at night. But I hate to replace this one only to get a screen with defects again and still get the same amount of blooming.
I really don't use the fireplace, but it's doesn't look right to cover it.
My settings are up above in the other post other than position submenu. I've tried every settings, but only thing help is to turn off smart dimming. Once you do that though the blacks go out the door on a off angle even with the blacklight at 0. I'm hoping Vizio might be able to help with that tommorow. I'll also take it off the wall mount to see what it looks like at night and report my results.
Super Sport -- "FWIW"
-- Our two 553' are mounted on walls 46" from the floor to the bottom of the sets, making the center of the screen about 63" from the floor. Looking at your picture of your set-up, your set may be a little higher than ours, but by not much. But the major difference between your set and ours, is ours sets have no blooming, from any angle!
In an earlier test to see blooming, I found out that turning Smart Dimming "Off" turns the BackLighting "On" (20 watts worth), thus lowering or raising "the BackLight Menu" has no effect.
Anyway, y'all shouldn't be experiencing all this blooming. :-((
In my thinking, blooming is caused by one of the following or either a combination of:
1) bad TV
2) bad cables
3) bad devices
4) wrong setup on devices
5) bad media
6) bad source
7) wrong setup on source
Do not believe the normal TV settings (those posted here, Cnets, HTVGuys and etc) cause blooming. Really extreme Brightness and Contrast settings can contribute to it, and some say turning Smart Dimming "Off" can help control/limit it. But something is wrong if you have blooming on your set and it is not enjoyable to watch from any angle.
Also - can not speak as to a theater type room (extreme dark) as Cnets test are done in, but in a moonless cloudy night, there is no blooming in our home. :-))
But most unfortunately, as of now, we (this thread) have no way of identifying what is wrong.
So here's hoping you success with Vizio about your set and then you can help educate us about how to identify the culprit.