Originally Posted by Eugene157
Totally agree with the audio out, I use it for a wireless headset, to keep my wife from going nuts. The other item is a low reflective screen and of course back lighting NOT edge.
Impossible to get all three items in any other brand. But I will wait until the USB is operational. However a nice discount or special sale would change my mind there.I did have a 552 but returned it to Costco because of the missing USB feature.
Costco in the Palm Desert/Indio are has the 553 now.
BTW, static contrast of even the BEST available LCD technology maxes out around 2000, average set typically around 1000. Including the
552. I am sure Vizeo and Sony etc know that but will not tell of course.Best way to measure is with a "window signal" a black screen with a 100% IRE white square in the middle measured in a darkened room.
The average human eye maxes out at 5000 I am told. It can handle a lot more but takes too much time to adapt.
As far as operational USB goes, it's another of those "caveat emptor" areas. With any TV that advertises functioning USB ports, just might not do what you expect them to do. For Vizio non-functionality, there are workarounds, tho not free. i use the Western Digital WDHD media server, which does a fine job with photos, music, and especially video. Smooth as silk whatever i throw at it.
Before getting the Vizio i tried the Samsung 6400 Edge-Lit LED with working usb, which actually is one of the more useable out there. Despite that, .mp2 video files were unacceptably jerky (on camera pans especially); but it does handle .TS files and NTFS formatted media ok. While comparing, have to say Std. Def. wasn't as good as Vizio, plus the wife complained about the burn-in smell, so returned it to Costco. Also during hands-on with a Sony EX701 LED, it took a prize for one of the skimpiest "operational usb port" implementations.
Maybe Vizio will get it right when/if they finally make usb operational, and the WDHD is probably a good standard to emulate (altho itself its video navigation is nothing to write home about). WDHD is maybe a hundred online (earlier models cheaper), and they stream any kind of media from most kinds of storage (including NTFS) to HDMI up to 1280p.
The Windows NTFS file system (which of course allows file sizes greater than 4gb) is another hickup that many tv's "operational usb ports" don't handle (but they make it hard for you to find that out). Some of them don't even handle external hard drive storage at all, and media from cameras can also be a crap shoot.
BTW, concerning 3d, Costco had a Samsung 3D TV set up and glasses available for customers to try; to be honest, looked like s*** to me glasses on or off.