See my thread "Issues with latest Vizio firmware" for the complete story, but thought I'd get more responses just posting this question: Long story short is that my Vizio XVT553SV has problems, and the warranty company has offered me either a reconditioned Vizio XVT3D554SV which is the same TV with passive 3D, OR about $1200 with which I would probably buy Sharp's 60-inch 3D LCD. Main reservation about the Vizio is that it may have the same problem my other set did and dealing with Vizio has been rather painful, main reservation about the Sharp is that I'd have to pay a few hundred more dollars for it, and it's edge-lit so the black levels may not be as good- and I'm not completely satisfied with the black levels on the Vizio (I can't use its smart-dimming feature because I don't like how it cuts the backlight completely when the scene fades to black, and the haloing is a bit annoying too.)
I posted this question on Vizio's Facebook page though yesterday, asking them to give me a reason to stay with their TV, even saying that if they deleted my comment without responding that I would automatically choose another brand, and guess what? They DELETED it!
I have to go, I have a meeting with the bobs, uhhh I wasnt aware of any meeting......yeah they called me at home
Won't be getting the Sharp however because I played with it at Fry's and it has UNDEFEATABLE smart-dimming, and it's set so if a picture goes completely black the entire backlight goes out. The Vizios do this too, but at least you can turn that 'feature' off, but saw no way to do it with the Sharp. That effect is just too annoying. I noticed a bit of 'soap opera effect' too even with all 'enhancements' turned off. (This video shows why I hate smart-dimming the way most TVs have it programmed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXR81...PHeEbGEy2QhDdw )
Might get a Sony if I can verify that it will display PAL sources (ability to display PAL was one of my main reasons for choosing a Vizio in the first place) and of course not force any phony 'enhancements' on the picture. I have sort of a love/hate relationship with Sony as some of their stuff was just plain junk but have had a few things from them that worked well (their 'customer service' is awful, possibly worse than Vizio's as at least most of theirs are courteous if unknowledgable). Never had one of their TVs before.
Might give myself more time to decide on what TV to get next, as each one I've been considering has its own flaws. I need active 3D, PAL compatibility, and smart dimming that can either be disabled or does not cut the entire backlight during black portions. Would get the 60-inch Sharp but it seems to have undefeatable dimming, the LG looked nice too but it uses passive 3D which halves the resolution and makes things look like a CRT. I was going to try the other 3D Vizio out as I may have been happy with that one, but seeing others have reported the frame rate problem with that as well and Vizio's generally pathetic service regarding this whole thing I had to pass on it.
is that what you paid for the set ???? the cash-out they offered ?
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I'm only getting $1400 which is a few hundred less than what I originally paid, but getting to keep the TV makes that hurt a little less as I can probably get around $500 for it from somebody. I will probably try to sell that worthless Vizio Blu-Ray player along with it- it was a "gift" from doing the VIP program, already a discontinued model when I got it and it isn't able to output multichannel PCM sound so it's useless to me.