I just bought this TV from Sams Club a couple of days ago. I have been trying my damndest to blow holes in it so I can just go ahead and return it. I made my first move from CRT back in 2007-08 and went with baseline Panasonic 50" plasmas to which I will say was a seamless transition from CRT. So My only experience other than computer monitors, which I have always treated as **** regardless. Ive seen LCDs in peoples homes. A buddy of mine even went with a 55" Samsung LCD back in 2008 when I got the plasmas. I never really saw anything wrong with his LCD and I dont think he paid too much more for it 1600 and mine were like 1300 I recall. But then again this was when LCDs were starting to get pushed and they started trying to kill the plasma. Further, I just visited a family member on vacation who had a 43" or so Vizio LCD (nothing fancy), and i did not really have any problems with it. The only thing I have noted is the seemingly 3d effect of characters on the screen in certain instances. I will in fact say that his smaller LCD had a much more pronounced unintentional 3D effect going on. I noticed it slightly on the model we are discussing here - and pretty much on the first day, but I have either totally tolerated the effect in my head, or I have adjusted it out some way. And I dont even know really what I have done at this time, as I have just been random goofing and tweaking so far ranging from messing with the bright and color, to turning the game mode off/on. Really last Saturday night I was watching SNL for the first time in a long time. The room was dark and it was at that moment that I realized I may not have so much of a problem with LCD that I forcested.'
Truthfully, I think my beef with this set is the price. 1200 plus tax doesnt sit good for a display that has dim borders, and general engine problems. LOL. But seriously this set does not, NOW, and this is my HISTORICAL perspective of LCDs in laptop and computer application. I was also shocked to find out that the term LED only refers to the light drive system as I thought the industry meant these tvs were actually powered by micro LEDs or something. I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER. I do note there are sets that "block" the LED drive lights in quadrants and present this as more accurate. But really, what difference is this going to make if you are never going to control the variance down to a pixel!?!?!? I will say that incredible the light is nice and evenly distributed for an LCD.
The passive 3d works very well but there is not readily available media and disks are 30bucks for crappy conversions (apparently) that only add depth, and not much out in your face. Really though, shouldnt this be the fourth dimension when ya think about it... But the content designed to showcase 3D is UNBELIEVABLE and things are sitting on your chest like you could touch them if produced correctly. There is just not enough of it out there. I could give a crap to put on glasses, but now I feel bad about taking the TV back and the young daughters really get a kick out of the 3D aspect. And I dont think there is any real savings to kick down to a model without 3D?? $200 bucks perhaps? Or am I missing something? I just hate to get gouged on a TV that I fear will be 800 bucks in a year. But at the same time I really wonder because there is no way I see active 3D winning the war after seeing this. Why would I buy 80$ glasses for the kids to trash every week?!? Why would I want the heavy things on my face? With that said you never know and these Vizios may turn out to hold value... Time will tell. Perhaps we are getting some serious technology at a cheap entry level price as a gimmick to get the market hooked - I suspect....
The long and short is that the TV is just not disappointing me enough to return it yet. And make no mistake, if I do it will be to get either the ST50 panasonic, of the similar model without 3D which I think is less than this Vizio!?!?!? Or perhaps I am dreaming and the only way to get ST technology (12000 shades, etc) is to get the 1,550.00$ panasonic model. Still thats only like 250 more than this one for a TV I know is sound. On the flipside, I am so traumatized by the panasonics I had cooking your face with heat if you got too close, I CANT TELL YOU HOW COMFORTING IT IS TO KNOW IM NOT BURNING 700 watts anymore. The new panasonics I think are rated down $ 3-400 watts which is lower. but the 55" is more like 400 watts which would put the 60" at 450-470 watts I speculate. I REFUSE to DOG MY A/C bill OUT LIKE THAT AGAIN...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Looking now i see that the ViZIO 55" without 3D is 900 bucks so thats 300 less. maybe I will swap down to the non 3D tube to feel better about it all... But whats with the 240hz on this model. what is this for. I have actually seem posts advising disabling this. The tv without 3D is only 120hz. is the 240 just gimmic? Thoughts?