Originally Posted by H8nXTC
What's scary is the price they're asking for the non-VIA featured TV.
For me the price was very fair. The closest current competitor is the LG 47lh90 for 400 bucks more. The LG doesn't have any network features. It does have much more sophisticated picture controls.
So far I'm fairly pleased with the Vizio without the VIA. I already have all the network stuff on my blu-ray player and I don't use it hardly at all.
The Vizio fits very nicely within my enclosed home theater cabinet and doesn't generate very much heat. That's one of the reasons I wanted an LED backlit display.
Despite the limited picture controls, the PQ seems pretty good. Black levels are good. Not Samsung 8500 good, but better than my previous 4 year old LCD. Contrast and sharpness seem fine. It's not the all time best PQ in the world, but I feel like I'm getting what I paid for.
The CNET color settings for the 551 produce a pretty good natural looking color with good skin tones.
For those curious about backlight/brightness/contrast settings, I've played around with that using the basic test screens off Disney Blu-Ray movies. It seems that if the backlight is set anywhere between let's say 40 and 80, the brightness always comes out around 80-82 to set the proper black levels and the contrast always comes out around 80 to set the proper white levels. Thus you are just modifying the backlight setting to set the overall light output you desire. The rest of the color/sharpness/adapative luma/color enhancement, etc are really your preference. Luma off for more "purist" look or on for some dynamic contrast. I find with Luma on low I'm still not getting black crush. In fact I'm pretty impressed with the shadow detail overall on both Standard and my custom settings.
I have a very bright room during the day and Standard seems to please my family with all the natural light. At night when the lights are mostly off, I use a custom setting that turns down the backlight. I'm setting it between 50 and 65, still haven't settled down on that yet.
I do wish it had an ambient light sensor and would adjust the backlight automatically.
Side angle viewing is okay for family use. For critical viewing I would want to be in front. We have a recliner at 45 degree angle form the screen. The comfyness of the recliner outweighs the lightening of the blacks at that angle for my wife and kids...