Originally Posted by Johnny K
Ditto here.. I arrived at 4:50, about 40 people in front of me.. guy with a clipboard and pull tickets was going through the line asking what you wanted.. the laptops and other things got tickets.. most everyone in front of me said "vizio TV".. so I was sweating it.. all 40 grabbed smaller sets and I luckily found a flat bed cart and wrestled mine on as well.. then scored the $94 Sony Blue Ray and checked out.. They had 2 in an ends cap, the display one ans 8 more on the floor in the aisle. I have a Visa too, so I scored $2K on a Walmart Gift card a few days ago and used that (and got reward points too).. Then proceeded to wrestle it in the Town & Coiuntry minivan (fit perfectly behind the 1st row of seats.. Good to see a police car running in the lot as it was dark and people are walking out one by one with electronics.. Still need to go hook up (wife had another agends for me this afternoon..ugh)... Plus need a stand now as it's replacing a projection unit.
I moved out and my wife has all 3 of the plasmas so I had to find a new TV. First I bought a 32" thinking I could watch it then get a big one later. That sucked. Took it back and got the 473 at Walmart on T Day. Looking around my little apartment I was amazed at the beautiful PQ on the 47 but really missed the 65" left w wife. So I loaded up the 473 and took it back. No questions asked at Walmart. Did that Saturday. Then, worried silly that the 553 wouldn't fit into my Honda CRV, I went to Sams and bought the 553. It was $100 less than Walmart. Yay, it did fit into my CRV but only like a glove and only after a concerned passerby, who said he was buying the same TV, came over to help me stuff it in.
I struggled with getting it out of the box and onto the stand but was able to do it by myself. Looks great and the audio ain't half bad. Checked out the Home Theater Magazine for their settings and I must say I am really glad I took the 473 back and added the $200 to it to get the 553. The PQ is very awesome and the size is just what I need to take the blues away.
EDIT: Update - FYI my new apartment hasn't got internet (comcast) yet so I've been using MyWi tethered on iPhone, which works incredibly well BTW, but there is an open community wifi at the clubhouse about 75' - 100' from my house. None of my devices are able to connect to this community wifi, not any of my 3 laptops, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, Logitech Revue, iTV, or even the Boxee Box. BUT - the Vizio 553 connects with no problem. Weird but I wonder if it has some massive screen size antenna built into it or something.