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Just saw this randomly linked in another Vizio thread, but couldn't find one dedicated to it.

Vizio "Gallevia" GV42L specs, manual, and MSRP

Highlights: QAM tuner, "only" 1366x768 native res, 2 HDMI inputs, detachable speakers
Also claims to support 1366x768 via VGA - but is it 1:1?

Anyone seen this in the wild? Post your experiences!

Update 7/22/06
There seems to be another 42" LCD from Vizio now on the website, the L42:

Vizio L42 specs, manual, MSRP

The L42 doesn't have detachable speakers or as many advanced picture controls. Otherwise, I'm guessing these two models will be very similar, so let's keep it as one thread.

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Interesting....I'll have to head to the local Costco. Specs look pretty good. I haven't been following the 37 so I am pretty ignorant regarding the Vizio product. What processor is used and who makes the panel?
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Interesting....I'll have to head to the local Costco. Specs look pretty good. I haven't been following the 37 so I am pretty ignorant regarding the Vizio product. What processor is used and who makes the panel?

i was researching their 37" a while back and never got the answer to this question. Only just recently resumed the TV search, so I'm now wondering the exact same thing once again.

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Thanks for starting the new thread - I was just about to suggest on the 37" thread that it might be best to start a new one. You beat me to it. As stated in the other thread I just got the 37" last week and so far have been happy with it. I was really wanting a 40" or 42" (looking at Westy at BB) but price was a big driver that kept me away from other more "popular" brands. I selected the VIZIO at Costco because I liked the PQ in the showroom, the price and for the return policy. I just knew a 42" would come out sometime after I got my 37" but hadn't expected it so soon.
I think the Costco's here on the East Coast get most new TV products after the West Coast stores so it may be awhile until it shows up here. May go over tomorrow and talk to the manager about if and when they may get it in.
It would be nice to get some comments from anyone who has seen one operating in a store or has bought it.

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I just saw the GV42L today, and it was side-by-side with the Vizio 37"-- MUCH nicer picture, especially with the black levels. Does anybody have the GV42L in their home yet?
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How does this new 42" vizio stack up against the new sharp 45"? Has anyone seen them side by side?
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The store I went to in CA had them side by side. The Vizio 42" LCD picture was a lot darker but don't know if that was due to different set up. The Vizio quality of the materials, finishing & styling looked better than Sharp 45. And for extra 3" inch, the difference is price is astounding.
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I bought the VIZIO GV42L yesterday from costco. It was next to a smaller sony lcd and looked dark. I adjusted it in the store until I was satisfied. Turning up the contrast and backlighting did the trick, but it also has further controls such as black and white level filters that I did not activate. I am very happy with the picture quality on standard definition cable. It is much much better than the scepter 37 lcd that died on me after 7 months! Thank god for costco's libral return policy.
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spham67,
Keep us updated on your likes and dislikes. Wife was at Costco earlier this afternoon and said they had some in stock and one on display. May go over this evening and look at it and talk to a manager about returning the week old 37". May not have a chance to do the swap until next week sometime - also in the midst of buying another car on Monday. My main concern about buying the brand new unit is later updates needed to fix "new design" problems. I know about Costco return policy but don't want to abuse it.

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spham - does the glare from the glossy frame diatracting the viewing? have you tried the OTA tuner yet?
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Looking at the online manual it looks like the PQ has a lot more adjustability compared to my Vizio 42" plasma which is going back ASAP. Hooray, 2 HDMI inputs and removable speakers
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Looking at the online manual it looks like the PQ has a lot more adjustability compared to my Vizio 42" plasma which is going back ASAP. Hooray, 2 HDMI inputs and removable speakers


Did you notice if it has input specific settings?
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Did you notice if it has input specific settings?

The manual only mentioned that each input could have its own mode, such as wide, panoramic, etc.
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I just checked out this 42" LCD at the Costco in Laguna Niguel/Cabot Rd. I have the Vizio 37" LCD TV. The obvious changes that I like are:

1. two HDMI inputs vs. one
2. svideo input is on the back vs. the side.
3. one RF input vs. two so a splitter is not needed.
4. speakers & stand are removable so that all you have is a black frame.
5. audio input for computer is not so close to the VGA/RGB connector.

It is one third more dollars than the 37". I wonder if there are any differences in the quality of SDTV processing or zoom modes for DTV. Contrast & brightness are hard to judge vs. the 37" without having them next to each other but the 42" is listed as having higher contrast in the docs on the visio web site.
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Wich LCD is costco carying?? On the Vinc website there are two 42" LCDs, one is model number
L42 HDTV and the other is the GV42L Gallevia. Just wondering, I checked my local costco today and they wernt in yet. I wonder what the difference is between the two
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Costco is carrying the GV42L Gallevia Model. I was in Costco today and saw it. Nice picture, but the viewing angles were not that good. I did not mess around with the settings though. I think the other model is to be sold at Sam's Club only and the Gallevia at Costco. That is what it looks like at least. No idea why it is $100 less. It looks like the same TV to me.
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Yes a second 42" LCD showed up on the VIZIO website today. It appears to be available only at Sam's Club at the present time. The GV42L is the model that Costco has. I went over there today to give it a look-see. The only negative that I could see (in my mind) was the shiny black finish to the case. I think the matte finish on the 37" is nicer. The 42L has many of the same specs as the GV42 (2 HDMI, 1 coaxial TV input, enhanced picture controls) but doesn't have removable speakers or all of the advanced picture controls. If I can get my mind over the gloss finish I will probably take my 37" back next week and get the GV42. Asked at the service desk, told them why and was told to just bring it back.

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I have owned the Viz P42 Plasma, jumped to the P50, and I think im going to get this LCD. The P50 was amazing but I got tired of IR when playing games. I post pics and a mini review when ever my costco gets them in
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I just looked at this set at my local Arlington VA Costco. I was surprised that I couldn't see the dark detail very well. It reminded me of the muddy darks or blacks that I notice in the Vizio 42" Plasma. I played with the picture settings a bit and reset the image to the factory default but still couldn't get any dark detail. The screen overall looked darker than the others, again similar to plasmas in that regard. This is in comparison to the neighboring sets.. 40" Sony, 45" Sharp, and the 37" Vizio LCDs.

I hope that there was something wrong with the particular set or hookups. I love the size, price, 2 HDMIs, and removable speakers.

Anyone else notice this?
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I just looked at this set at my local Arlington VA Costco. I was surprised that I couldn't see the dark detail very well. It reminded me of the muddy darks or blacks that I notice in the Vizio 42" Plasma. I played with the picture settings a bit and reset the image to the factory default but still couldn't get any dark detail. The screen overall looked darker than the others, again similar to plasmas in that regard. This is in comparison to the neighboring sets.. 40" Sony, 45" Sharp, and the 37" Vizio LCDs.

I hope that there was something wrong with the particular set or hookups. I love the size, price, 2 HDMIs, and removable speakers.

Anyone else notice this?

I just got back from the same Costco (Pentagon City). The 42" Vizio LCD was next to the 45" Sharp, right? The screen definitely looked darker by comparison, but no so much that it was unacceptable (IMHO). At nearly half the price, I'm not sure that's a deal breaker for me. I'm going to go back and get the Vizio LCD (maybe tomorrow). I have the 42" Vizio PDP right now, but I like the increased resolution of the LCD over the PDP. If the speakers are removable, then this is probably going to be the one for me!
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Yes a second 42" LCD showed up on the VIZIO website today. It appears to be available only at Sam's Club at the present time. The GV42L is the model that Costco has. I went over there today to give it a look-see. The only negative that I could see (in my mind) was the shiny black finish to the case. I think the matte finish on the 37" is nicer. The 42L has many of the same specs as the GV42 (2 HDMI, 1 coaxial TV input, enhanced picture controls) but doesn't have removable speakers or all of the advanced picture controls. If I can get my mind over the gloss finish I will probably take my 37" back next week and get the GV42. Asked at the service desk, told them why and was told to just bring it back.

Steve W.

Updated the thread title and first post to include the L42 so we can keep this all in one place.

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Updated the thread title and first post to include the L42 so we can keep this all in one place.

I think only mods can change the actual title - might want to PM one of them to have them do it.
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Has anyone who has this TV at home tried the HDMI connections for picture quality? I ask because I know that the 37" Vizio has a much better picture (with less problems with muddy blacks) on its HDMI connection compared to the Component input.

I really want this to be a good TV, but I wasn't happy at all with it in the store. Turning up the bulb brightness just made the blacks turn grey. There was a real lack of dark area detail which to me indicates either a poor panel or a problem with the source or particular connection used.
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ripflash--

I've had the 42" for a day now-- generally it's a very good upgrade from the old 37" Vizio. Also a much more elegant-looking set.

HDMI looks very good on both my Comcast and my DVD player. Much better than component on the 37" and 42" itself.

Also, I'm seeing none of the problems with brightness and dark levels that are being mentioned in this thread. I'm not an expert on callibration, but while running the THX optimizer I was able to see all the dark black bars on the expert callibration. At any rate, the contrast ratio is much better than the 37"
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HDMI looks very good on both my Comcast and my DVD player. Much better than component on the 37" and 42" itself.

Thanks. I may have to pick up this TV. I also like how there are more picture control options on the new 42" than on the 37" Vizio.
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no GV42L's in Durham, NC just yet...if anyone is wondering.

will PM the mods to change the title.

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Thread title edited as per wishes of the original poster. Hope that does it, PM me again if you need more changes, etc..

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Thread title edited as per wishes of the original poster. Hope that does it, PM me again if you need more changes, etc..

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Wow, that was quick! Thanks!

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Wow, that was quick! Thanks!

You're more than welcome.

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