Originally Posted by davenport47
Thanks for the reply (and to Alanp for the Smart Dimming explanation). It appears that the TruLED sets don't have the dreaded DCR (auto-dimming) setting under advanced backlight.
You say that "adding more zones should help to cut down the halo effect." The 42" has 120 zones. Are you saying this is sufficient? Does the smaller 42" set also make a difference, given that number of zones?
I might look at the LG you mention, but I'm with Vizio all the way because of the Lip-Sync adjustment in the user menu. For those who care about lip-sync problems and don't have an AVR with such an adjustment, that is an essential feature.
The 120 zones should be sufficient. The previous 55" sets.....551 and 552 had 80 zones. The new 553 has 120 and the upcoming 47" version will have 160.
I picked up a 553 yesterday and Costco and set it up last night. I stayed up till 2:00am playing with the thing and now I'm shot! I did not have a chance to adjust the picture with DVE, but I will do that tonight. I used the "movie" mode as default for now.
The set itself is a huge improvement in looks over the 551/552. It's thinner, black and has a nice looking oval stand. It definitely has a more up to date look to it. If the 551/552 had a black speaker bar, that would have made a big difference in that set.
The picture is excellent. For the little bit I watched last night, I did not see any light uniformity issues. The smart (local) dimming works as advertised. Blacks look black. HD from Directv is also excellent. Blu-ray is superb.
SD is ok to mediocre depending on the quality of the source. pretty much the same as on most HDTV's.
I'm really happy that I purchased this set because I had been looking to buy an LG Infinia 8500 for quite awhile. The LG is a beautiful set, but I didn't like two things about it.....the highly reflective screen and the price.
I will post more findings after I calibrate with Digital Video Essentials tonight and hopefully a couple of pics.