Originally Posted by Andreafletcher
I'm not buying anything Cnet says, I'd put money on it that there on the take with Panasonic, best way to get an honest opinion is from the buyers. As it stands this T.V. has highest customer rating average on Amazon.The Cnet review was right about glossy screen, funny how it didn't seem to be an issue on those Panasonic plasmas they rate so highly. O that's right he said this one is the glossiest hes ever reviewed lol,
Unfortunately, I will have to disagree. CNET was spot on with their review and I think they missed out on various other bad things about the TV if they had a long term review.
My father purchased this TV because he is "cheap" and is has problems out the wazoo. First off, the HDMI-2 port doesn't even work. Banding is very noticeable across the entire screen even while displaying content you can see the stationary banding in the background during panning scenes, even though he claims not to see it(he is cheap and doesn't care about picture or quality). There is a VERY noticeable blue push, just as CNET described. Night scenes are come in with a very bluish black, instead of a black black. Likewise, the black levels are mediocre as best. It's only happened once to my knowledge, but the TV has automatically shut itself off once(a common problem with Vizios). The "Smart" features are fairly worthless as the TV's processor is pitifully slow as loading them or it's content. The remote is really cheap, buttons are not that reactive, and being infared, you have to have it pointed right at the left corner of the TV otherwise it won't sense your input.
By far, the most annoying part is the lip sync problems to the digital cable box. Now based on what I have heard from others using videos, this is possibly remedied by having a cable box and attaching it via L-PCM, but it is ridiculous none the less. We watched the Rolex 24 hours of Daytona and during commercials, it looks like a 1950s Japanese to English dubover film.
While the glossy screen may not be a problem for some in basements and fully enclosed rooms, if you have any ambient light or windows behind you, you might as well scrap the TV as it has the glossiest screen I've seen in lately with zero filters. It quite literally is a complete mirror and that is not an exaggeration. My brother and I stood 15ft away from the screen jokingly and could watch videos from his Iphone in the reflection of the scene....it's laughably bad. However, if you have it in a basement or a room with no lighting on, it's fine.
My brother played "Le Mans" via Blu-ray and it's unwatchable. The amount of judder from the cars is ridiculous and you will see 5 cars trailing 1 cars in the movie as it's nothing but a choppy mess.
About the only plus I can give this TV is that the 3D content is pretty good. It does a solid job resolving 3D content when we played Avatar through it via Blu-ray. However, I would strongly caution anybody about buying this TV. My only hope is that my father doesn't get the dreaded screen failures that has plagued other Vizios recently, as this TV is exibiting all the same problems as though TVs with it's lip sync issues, banding, and automatic power offs. It's cheap for a reason.