Originally Posted by absolute584
I received the TV yesterday and watched it for a few hours. It's a nice TV and I put it to the test by watching regular TV, HD TV, and Blu ray. When watching a regular show in non-HD, it is crappy but this is expected. When watching HD TV, the quality is really dependent on the show or movie. So you think you can dance HD was pretty good, MLB HD was even better, and Monsters vs Aliens HD was the best. Animation movies always look very clear on these televisions which is why they play them at Frys and Sears. Now for Blu ray, Spider Man 3 was Ok, GI Joe was better, and Avatar was the best. A friend of mine has the 552 and the picture quality is already great for that TV.
In summary, the 552 and 553 are pretty similar in picture quality and performance. The main difference is the depth (5" vs. 3") and the finish where 553 does not have the silver bar below. The difference in contrast ratio is huge at 8 million but I don't see the difference.
I have not had a chance to play with the picture settings that Nano posted and will try over the weekend.
By far, I am not an expert on tv reviews nor good at looking out for those tiny details. If the tv looks great, that's all that matters to me. The 552 and 553 are selling at the same price so for those who are debating on purchasing this tv, why purchase an older model when you can buy the newer one for the same price. If there was a difference in price and it was significant, I would buy the 552. Otherwise, I am happy with my 553 TV.
Update: The settings posted previously were for a well-lit room and are not the best. I hadn't had much time to play with them. With those settings in a darkened room you'll probably need sunglasses. After a week of fiddling, I've found that tweaking the "standard" setting (one of multiple preset picture settings) gives outstanding flesh tones and a superb picture for watching most movies.
Agree with comment on USB. Multiple Vizio reps have said company is committed to activating them at later date (unlike the last time). We live in hope.
Played some VUDU trailers this week in HDX (1080p)....amazing. Even SD movies in 480p (DVD quality) from Netflix look very good and are completely watchable, but you really get spoiled fast on the 1080p content. Shop around before renting or buying through the apps. Prices on the same movie (rent and buy) are all over the map (VUDU, Netflix, Amazon). You'll probably need 9.0 Mbs download speed to keep the the Vudu HDX working smoothly. Although it says it will work with 4.5-9.0, it burped a few times when download speed dropped. Comcast is working fine for me most of the time.
Firmware is autoupdate, NOT on demand. Vizio says not to interfere with it until it's done. I've not had one yet.
Yahoo finance and weather apps have a few bugs that I've reported. Vizio claims they will be pushing updates down soon for these.
Best comment of the week from the lady of the house who walked in when I was playing a VUDU trailer of Despicable Me:
"Wow, we don't have to go to the movies anymore, the picture is better here".
It's a keeper. Box tossed today.