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post #61 of 159
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Originally Posted by mxpx5678 View Post

Hey I just got this tv.

So far I love it. I do need to go through and calibrate the color. But the out of box settings seem pretty good (after turning down the brightness and some of the after effects processing).

The film mode is weird and makes normal tv look like soap operas but i think it is just something to get used to and can be turned on and off.

xbox 360 looks great on this tv. no problems at all. one really nice thing is I have the older xbox 360 without HDMI, and this tv will accept 1080p over a component connection.

So far I am happy with the tv.

Congrats on the unit! Try the settings and then see if you can get it pro calibrated if you are not happy with them as that seems to make perfect for your enviroment
post #62 of 159
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Originally Posted by mxpx5678 View Post

Thanks for the info!

Do you have any idea what app it is that was causing it? Did you install any additional apps? What if you remove certain apps?

I installed Yahoo Fantasy Football and XBOX Live Alert (can't remember the actual name), so it may have been one of those two.

Also, I am not sure of there has been a recent firmware upgrade or not; if so, that could have caused it.

Please post if any of you are have the same reboot issue. Thanks.
post #63 of 159
Im considering this set from Circuit City for $____. The other option would be a Panasonic Plasma TC-P54G25 for about the same price. Any thoughts?

Thanks for the input.
post #64 of 159
That certainly is the question of the day...what is going to happen with holiday sales.
post #65 of 159
Can only discuss MSRP on the threads.
post #66 of 159
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Originally Posted by ROMAN O View Post

Can only discuss MSRP on the threads.

Oops...deleted comment...thanks for letting me know
post #67 of 159
I just got one of these this week. Nice pic, great whites, very detailed images, but do you guys notice the edge light bleeds or blooming especially in the corners with a solid black image, or with an input selected with no signal? Sure seems like the edge light bleeds into the outer perimeter of the display. Or is there settings to alleviate this anomoly? I've tried numerous adjustments, only one I find eliminates the edgelight bleed is to turn down edgelight to < 40%, and that sucks. Comments?
post #68 of 159
Reboots - Bobby Dale,
Try it again. I am shopping this TV and saw your post about reboots. I called Vizio tech support directly and asked them about it and he checked and said they already did a firmware update that should fix the issue. I asked him for the date of the update and he told me it was 19 November. I need to know if your issue is now solved or not before buying this TV, the update for the firmware is dated the same day as your last post. Check it and/or try manually updating it.

Hope that helps.
post #69 of 159
I havent had any of the issues with the TV rebooting. I have used a few of the web apps and they all seem to work fine as well.
post #70 of 159
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Originally Posted by polizzio View Post

I just got one of these this week. Nice pic, great whites, very detailed images, but do you guys notice the edge light bleeds or blooming especially in the corners with a solid black image, or with an input selected with no signal? Sure seems like the edge light bleeds into the outer perimeter of the display. Or is there settings to alleviate this anomoly? I've tried numerous adjustments, only one I find eliminates the edgelight bleed is to turn down edgelight to < 40%, and that sucks. Comments?

Hey I noticed the blooming being an issue as well. but I only notice it when the entire screen is black and an icon comes on the side or the tv. It really isnt a huge issue and it doesnt affect every day viewing.
post #71 of 159
I started a new thread as I am choosing tonight between the Vizio 550NV and the plain no wireless/LCD not LED/apparently not an LG IPS panel, but large LG 60" 60LD550. It seems several folks own the LG but aren't talking much about their experience with it. I have to order a new Blue Ray player anyway as I only have a plain DVD player now, so if I hear that the LG is has excellent PQ, I can get the new BlueRay DVD player with wifi built in for a few bucks more. If I get the Vizio I'll get a Blue Ray player without wifi. I have seen the Vizio and love the pic in the store. But have never seen the LG 60" personally.

So I'll ask here as well. I already called Vizio customer service and they were fast and understandable, and if you read my previous post above answered another's question about reboots on the Vizio.

I am replacing a 52" Samsung that had its PQ go South about a month ago. It was great until then.

Any thoughts?
post #72 of 159
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Originally Posted by Derek Jr View Post

I started a new thread as I am choosing tonight between the Vizio 550NV and the plain no wireless/LCD not LED/apparently not an LG IPS panel, but large LG 60" 60LD550. It seems several folks own the LG but aren't talking much about their experience with it. I have to order a new Blue Ray player anyway as I only have a plain DVD player now, so if I hear that the LG is has excellent PQ, I can get the new BlueRay DVD player with wifi built in for a few bucks more. If I get the Vizio I'll get a Blue Ray player without wifi. I have seen the Vizio and love the pic in the store. But have never seen the LG 60" personally.

So I'll ask here as well. I already called Vizio customer service and they were fast and understandable, and if you read my previous post above answered another's question about reboots on the Vizio.

I am replacing a 52" Samsung that had its PQ go South about a month ago. It was great until then.

Any thoughts?

Sorry for the late reply! This all happened prior to November 19th, so I will hook it up tonight and see what happens. I may be late in responding, but at least will give some others peace of mind; I just know it has not happened at all since I disconnected from my wireless connection.
post #73 of 159
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Originally Posted by Derek Jr View Post

I started a new thread as I am choosing tonight between the Vizio 550NV and the plain no wireless/LCD not LED/apparently not an LG IPS panel, but large LG 60" 60LD550. It seems several folks own the LG but aren't talking much about their experience with it. I have to order a new Blue Ray player anyway as I only have a plain DVD player now, so if I hear that the LG is has excellent PQ, I can get the new BlueRay DVD player with wifi built in for a few bucks more. If I get the Vizio I'll get a Blue Ray player without wifi. I have seen the Vizio and love the pic in the store. But have never seen the LG 60" personally.

So I'll ask here as well. I already called Vizio customer service and they were fast and understandable, and if you read my previous post above answered another's question about reboots on the Vizio.

I am replacing a 52" Samsung that had its PQ go South about a month ago. It was great until then.

Any thoughts?

2 weeks in with the TV and I still love it a lot. I would not hesitate at all to purchase this tv. The web features i could do without but they dont hurt.

Picture quality is amazing, especially from blu ray sources.
post #74 of 159
So I have been with the TV for about a month and think I have settled on the settings that I am happy with. I didn't use a calibration disk but did it quick based on a test pattern I have PVR'd in HD.

The one setting I keep waffling on is the Adaptive Luma. Does anyone know exactly how it works? Most people on-line are saying to keep it off which for the most part seems ok. But for some programming I think it looks better on. I think if I new the logic behind what it was doing exactly it might help me make up my mind.
post #75 of 159
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Originally Posted by stmax View Post

So I have been with the TV for about a month and think I have settled on the settings that I am happy with. I didn't use a calibration disk but did it quick based on a test pattern I have PVR'd in HD.

The one setting I keep waffling on is the Adaptive Luma. Does anyone know exactly how it works? Most people on-line are saying to keep it off which for the most part seems ok. But for some programming I think it looks better on. I think if I new the logic behind what it was doing exactly it might help me make up my mind.

What settings did you use? and what do you primarily watch (BluRay, TV, etc...)
post #76 of 159
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Originally Posted by mxpx5678 View Post

What settings did you use? and what do you primarily watch (BluRay, TV, etc...)

I hesitate to post my settings as I'm not an expert. To my eyes the following seem to work for my set:

Pic Mode: Custom
Backlight: Not controlled with ambient setting on
Bright: 45
Contrast: 70
Color: 55
Tint: 0
Sharp:4
Temp: Normal
Smooth motion: Low
Real Cinema: Smooth
Noise red: Off
MPEG NR: OFF
Color enhancement: OFF
Adaptive Luma: Low (help on this one please)
Film: Auto
Smart Dimming: ON
Ambient Sensor: Medium

I primarily watch 720P HDTV. Also watch Blu-Ray. All seem great with these settings.
post #77 of 159
I have been looking at this TV for a while, but I am on the fence about the purchase. The only review I can find is for the M470NV located here: televisioninfo.com/content/VIZIO-M470NV-LCD-HDTV-Review.htm

I am mostly concerned about the described poor black levels, peak brightness, and contrast ratio. Given the recent deal for the M550NV at Walmart, does anyone think I can find a better TV than this for the same price range?

Thanks for your help! This is my first TV purchase and is going to be my Christmas present to my family. Please help me make it a good one!
post #78 of 159
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Originally Posted by gr3y3y3s View Post

I have been looking at this TV for a while, but I am on the fence about the purchase. The only review I can find is for the M470NV located here: televisioninfo.com/content/VIZIO-M470NV-LCD-HDTV-Review.htm

I am mostly concerned about the described poor black levels, peak brightness, and contrast ratio. Given the recent deal for the M550NV at Walmart, does anyone think I can find a better TV than this for the same price range?

Thanks for your help! This is my first TV purchase and is going to be my Christmas present to my family. Please help me make it a good one!


I've had the M550NV now for 3 weeks, and have tried many settings. While the image is superb and really vibrant as long as there is no solid black images, like when the movie credits are rolling, or if the projected image is < full screen. Its the edge light bleed/inconsistancy, especially poor in the corners. I wouldn't buy the unit again, I'd stick with a plasma. I like my solid blacks to be solid black, entire screen. My 1.5 year old Panny 720P plasma does blacks better. The only way I can remedy is to turn the edgelight < 50%, and that has serious negatives to the overall image quality.
50-55" 1080P plasmas are priced comparable to the M550NV.

Not to mention the 3 USB input ports which are non-functional.........
post #79 of 159
@ polizzio
Thanks for the help! Is this true with all edge lit LED TVs or just this one has serious issues with it? I would love to have a plasma, but I am concerned as I have a son that like to play video games and pause it and leave it on for an hour before anyone notices. I'm also concerned about the lines that develop after years of watching letterbox movies. Just dont want to have the potential for it to be ruined.
post #80 of 159
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Originally Posted by polizzio View Post

I've had the M550NV now for 3 weeks, and have tried many settings. While the image is superb and really vibrant as long as there is no solid black images, like when the movie credits are rolling, or if the projected image is < full screen. Its the edge light bleed/inconsistancy, especially poor in the corners. I wouldn't buy the unit again, I'd stick with a plasma. I like my solid blacks to be solid black, entire screen. My 1.5 year old Panny 720P plasma does blacks better. The only way I can remedy is to turn the edgelight < 50%, and that has serious negatives to the overall image quality.
50-55" 1080P plasmas are priced comparable to the M550NV.

Not to mention the 3 USB input ports which are non-functional.........

You might have a defective unit. Your house must be pretty bright, I never turn backlight above 25!
post #81 of 159
So after reading this thread and several other reviews from Amazon and Compusa, I finally broke down and replaced my2003 Mitsubishi RPHDTV.

I was long over due. I received an Apple TV for Christmas and my old TV did not even have HDMI. So I knew with the prices the way they were and facing the expense of eventually having to replace a bulb in the Mitsu, I took the plunge on this TV.

At first, I hooked it up to my SA 8300HD and things didn't look that different. Yeah a bit brighter and sharper but I was a bit disappointed. Came back here and used the settings someone above me recommended. That along with an hour or so of warm up and the picture was stunning.

I've since adjusted the following:

brightness: 40
Contrast: 68

Everything else is the same as STMAX.

Seems kind of odd but in my situation, the playback from the DVR actually seems cleaner and sharper that the actual broadcast. I was watching avatar last night and set it to record. Came back and the recording looks noticeably better. Is this possible?

Anyway, on with the review.

Very impressed with the the internet apps. Once the novelty wears off, I doubt I will use them much though. If I did not get the Apple TV, I would probably use the NetFlix. I did test the NetFlix and it worked well but I feel the picture quality thru the iTV was much better.

Overall, I am EXTREMELY pleased with this TV and would HIGHLY recommend it.

Oh, the one downside so far, Glare. I have windows directly behind me and during the day, there is a glare on the screen that I didn't expect.

Now if anyone can tell me how to use this wonderful remote to turn on and off my DVR and receiver, I'd be really pleased.





*edit: So I just had a chat with Vizio tech support.

They do not have SA as a DVR option so my DVR control via the Vizio remote is limited to cable box functionality only.

I can not assign my "Favorites" button from my SA remote over to any corresponding button on the Vizio remote.

I can only control the power function of 2 devices (TV & Cable box) from the Vizio remote so I will still need to turn my stereo receiver on and off via the receiver remote.
post #82 of 159
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Originally Posted by ftboomer View Post

So after reading this thread and several other reviews from Amazon and Compusa, I finally broke down and replaced my2003 Mitsubishi RPHDTV.

I was long over due. I received an Apple TV for Christmas and my old TV did not even have HDMI. So I knew with the prices the way they were and facing the expense of eventually having to replace a bulb in the Mitsu, I took the plunge on this TV.

At first, I hooked it up to my SA 8300HD and things didn't look that different. Yeah a bit brighter and sharper but I was a bit disappointed. Came back here and used the settings someone above me recommended. That along with an hour or so of warm up and the picture was stunning.

I've since adjusted the following:

brightness: 40
Contrast: 68

Everything else is the same as STMAX.

Seems kind of odd but in my situation, the playback from the DVR actually seems cleaner and sharper that the actual broadcast. I was watching avatar last night and set it to record. Came back and the recording looks noticeably better. Is this possible?

Anyway, on with the review.

Very impressed with the the internet apps. Once the novelty wears off, I doubt I will use them much though. If I did not get the Apple TV, I would probably use the NetFlix. I did test the NetFlix and it worked well but I feel the picture quality thru the iTV was much better.

Overall, I am EXTREMELY pleased with this TV and would HIGHLY recommend it.

Oh, the one downside so far, Glare. I have windows directly behind me and during the day, there is a glare on the screen that I didn't expect.

Now if anyone can tell me how to use this wonderful remote to turn on and off my DVR and receiver, I'd be really pleased.





*edit: So I just had a chat with Vizio tech support.

They do not have SA as a DVR option so my DVR control via the Vizio remote is limited to cable box functionality only.

I can not assign my "Favorites" button from my SA remote over to any corresponding button on the Vizio remote.

I can only control the power function of 2 devices (TV & Cable box) from the Vizio remote so I will still need to turn my stereo receiver on and off via the receiver remote.

Glad you like the TV. I have noticed that certain content looks amazing on it, while sometimes others doesnt look as amazing. Blu Ray in 1080p looks especially amazing on the tv.

I would really recomend getting one of the logitech harmony remotes. They are seriously one of the best purchases you can make if you have 3 or more devices in your home theater. Get at least the 700 though since it is rechargable.
post #83 of 159
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Originally Posted by mxpx5678 View Post

Glad you like the TV. I have noticed that certain content looks amazing on it, while sometimes others doesnt look as amazing. Blu Ray in 1080p looks especially amazing on the tv.

I would really recomend getting one of the logitech harmony remotes. They are seriously one of the best purchases you can make if you have 3 or more devices in your home theater. Get at least the 700 though since it is rechargable.

x2 for the harmony remote...i have the 1100 and i love it...my dad has the harmony one and he loves that as well...they make things so convenient.
post #84 of 159
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Originally Posted by gtrscort View Post

x2 for the harmony remote...i have the 1100 and i love it...my dad has the harmony one and he loves that as well...they make things so convenient.

I thought the remote worked off of bluetooth? Would a Harmony remote work with bluetooth because they don't work with a PS3.
post #85 of 159
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Originally Posted by biglen View Post

I thought the remote worked off of bluetooth? Would a Harmony remote work with bluetooth because they don't work with a PS3.

Works great with the tv. The original remote is blue tooth but the tv also as an IR port as well.
post #86 of 159
Just curious what other people's settings are for this tv. I have ones similar to the ones posted above, but my picture was too dark when i used the ambient lighting sensor so I have my Backlighting at 40.
post #87 of 159
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Originally Posted by stmax View Post

I hesitate to post my settings as I'm not an expert. To my eyes the following seem to work for my set:

Pic Mode: Custom
Backlight: Not controlled with ambient setting on
Bright: 45
Contrast: 70
Color: 55
Tint: 0
Sharp:4
Temp: Normal
Smooth motion: Low
Real Cinema: Smooth
Noise red: Off
MPEG NR: OFF
Color enhancement: OFF
Adaptive Luma: Low (help on this one please)
Film: Auto
Smart Dimming: ON
Ambient Sensor: Medium

I primarily watch 720P HDTV. Also watch Blu-Ray. All seem great with these settings.

Where do you see the MPEG NR option? I dont have that in my menu.
post #88 of 159
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Originally Posted by biglen View Post

I thought the remote worked off of bluetooth? Would a Harmony remote work with bluetooth because they don't work with a PS3.


u will have to get the ps3 adapter for the harmony remote to control the ps3
post #89 of 159
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Originally Posted by mxpx5678 View Post

Where do you see the MPEG NR option? I dont have that in my menu.

Hello... On my set it is under Menu--> Picture-->More---> Advanced. But keep in mind mine is the M550NV-CA (Canadian version)

Just wondering also if anyone has learned more about the Adaptive Luma option. I've now decided to leave it off as the blacks seem blacker??
post #90 of 159
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Originally Posted by gtrscort View Post

u will have to get the ps3 adapter for the harmony remote to control the ps3

Just ordered another Harmony and the ps3 adapter for boxing day. I'm currently using an older Harmony with my Vizio, Amp, Cable box, DVD Recorder, and Satellite radio... wouldn't go without one now.

I still used the Harmony without the adapter as it set up all the inputs for the Vizio, amp etc. Then just used the PS3 controller to power it on and control the movie. This worked fine but I think the adapter might make it easier for the family, sitter etc.
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