Originally Posted by 8traxrule
grpape- Funny you should post that as I already sent a link to this thread to the Vizio rep who's been helping me, showing that others have been having the same problem. They're supposed to send me a 553 next week, but it seems like that also has the same problem. Someone else posted a video of it, it's a little hard to see since the camera's far away:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lp29oZiYhnU
And here's 2 more I just put up tonight of my 552:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FooNiB2cochttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGrvwDqTx0Q
A couple weeks ago I looked at a 553 and another 552 at some Wal-Mart stores, and they didn't seem to do this when I switched them to an unused input, but the store was bright and I didn't have the remote so I can't really be sure. Hopefully I'll hear from Vizio again this week- someone is supposed to check the replacement TV for this problem before I send it, but it seems like something that some people just can't see for one reason or another. I'm a little hesitant to take the 553 since it doesn't have an S-Video input on it- I have a game system that uses that; I haven't checked to see if composite really makes any difference on this TV but I don't see any sense in their dropping something like that. On the other hand I have heard that the picture overall is a lot better than the 552.
So I ended up purchasing the 553 from Costco (it was the last one till the end of Dec.). It still has the issue. I guess this is just something these backlit LED TVs have? Or is it just Vizio?
I do like this model better, however, and plan on keeping it. The PQ is much better and the blacks seem darker. It just seems like a better set to me. All in all, I am happy with this set, and will try and tweak the settings to see if there is a fix for the problem.
You might want to hold on to your 552 (S-video seems to be a deal breaker) than swapping out for the 553. My 551 didn't have the widgets and wifi built in, so that was a nice upgrade. I also think the 553 is flat out a better set. You might want to give the 553 a test drive and see if the newer model is worth not having your S-video port. IMHO you might like the overall performance of 553 over the 552 (10,000,000 to 1 ratio is much more noticeable than 1,000,000 to 1)
The only problem I'm experiencing is that with my SA cable box hooked up via HDMI to the set, I'm not getting any audio. I usually run the audio from my tuner, but it would be nice for the kids not to have to power it up. I haven't tried to run other devices through this port to get to the root of the problem (cable, device, TV). There should be audio coming out of the HDMI input correct? I might be just brain farting on the hook up.
I also wanted to let others know that Vizio really stepped up to the plate in helping me get a set much sooner than it was gonna take to have a new one (553 model instead of getting two or three 551s) shipped to me. I would buy another set or product from Vizio without hesitation.