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post #331 of 4754
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Originally Posted by JCaelum View Post

well, seeming from Tom's post how the manual/website has a vast amount of discrepancies:

can anyone give me the actual measurement of the width of the 55" ? My built-in is exactly 51" wide...the spec sheet lists the width as over 52" so i am guessing it is indeed over 51" but i'm just giving it a shot

The XVT553SV, using a real-live tape measure, is 52 3/16" wide. Sitting on a stand, the height is 35 1/8" tall.

By putting it in a cabinet so tight you'll lose the "Jag dial" functionality as it sits recessed and behind the glass to the left of the unit. The Jag dial provides on/off, volume, channel, and input source (all of which are available on a remote with working batteries).
post #332 of 4754
Can anyone tell me what the "ideal" and/or "minimum" viewing distance for this TV should be. Would 9 1/2 - 10 ft be too close? Thanks.
post #333 of 4754
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Originally Posted by mwhit View Post

Can anyone tell me what the "ideal" and/or "minimum" viewing distance for this TV should be. Would 9 1/2 - 10 ft be too close? Thanks.

Your fine at that viewing distance...you would even be fine with 60" at that distance. 55"'s will work great for you. Have no worries.
post #334 of 4754
The only place near me that has this tv is Sam's Club. But, I don't have a Sam's Club membership. Could I theoretically buy a Sam's Club membership for $40, then buy the tv, and then the next day request to have the membership fee refunded? According to the Sam's Club website, "We want you to be 100% satisfied, so we offer a 100% guarantee on merchandise and membership. We will refund your membership in full on or before the expiration date, if you are not completely satisfied."

I realize this is not the most honest thing to do, but hey, I want this tv!
post #335 of 4754
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Originally Posted by DJTraveler View Post

The only place near me that has this tv is Sam's Club. But, I don't have a Sam's Club membership. Could I theoretically buy a Sam's Club membership for $40, then buy the tv, and then the next day request to have the membership fee refunded? According to the Sam's Club website, "We want you to be 100% satisfied, so we offer a 100% guarantee on merchandise and membership. We will refund your membership in full on or before the expiration date, if you are not completely satisfied."

I realize this is not the most honest thing to do, but hey, I want this tv!

You can also go to the membership desk and request a one day pass........you will have to pay 5% more though, I believe.

For $40, I would let it ride for the year......not much to spend and you may end up going there a few more times.
post #336 of 4754
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Originally Posted by DJTraveler View Post

The only place near me that has this tv is Sam's Club. But, I don't have a Sam's Club membership. Could I theoretically buy a Sam's Club membership for $40, then buy the tv, and then the next day request to have the membership fee refunded? According to the Sam's Club website, "We want you to be 100% satisfied, so we offer a 100% guarantee on merchandise and membership. We will refund your membership in full on or before the expiration date, if you are not completely satisfied."

I realize this is not the most honest thing to do, but hey, I want this tv!

So your plan is drop 1800.00 and then turn around and work the system for 40 bucks
post #337 of 4754
Considering they charge a 10% surcharge for items purchased on a one-day pass, they may try to charge you 10% more for any purchases you made the same day that you joined. I could be way off but it's just a thought. Hell, just give them the 40 bucks. It's still cheaper than Amazon.
post #338 of 4754
Alanp - "But with so many decent 2.1 "computer" speaker sets available, why not just go that route?"

Thanks for the idea. I may try it. I was just trying to save money by using what I have on hand.
post #339 of 4754
vizio Tech/Customer Support (same person, but wears two hats) says, "NO" BlueTooth Headphone Support for now for the 3's, but are coming out with their own BlueTooth Headphones and it will then require a firmware update to the 3's for them to work.

BUT - vizio's manual on page 41 reads "Bluetooth Audio - Turn Bluetooth audio On or Off. Bluetooth Audio enables or disables the output of sound to your Bluetooth receiver, such as Bluetooth headphones."

Anybody have a set of BlueTooth Headphones to try this out now?

HA ha ha, sad day it is....
post #340 of 4754
I have e-mailed all the links and filled out all the forms on vizio's website and talked to Tech and Customer Support. They can not answer any of the questions, except the above BlueTooth Headphone question, or address any of the other issues.

They did say their website is to be the considered accurate, as everybody buying a vizio product gets their info and specs from there. I challenged that statement but it fell on deaf ears. Guess we should ignore the pretty box and the spec's on it and discard the manual as they do not represent what is inside.

They said to "Snail-Mail" the letter/e-mail to Headquarters in Irvine, Ca, which I will. But you would think they could forward the letter/e-mail to the proper person(s) in Ca themselves.

Well, California here it comes.....

I'm kinda ticked off right now about all of this, but that's just me. We need to find the right hand(s) or computer for the letter/e-mail to land in. :-))
post #341 of 4754
btwf, thanks for a great write up. I appreciate your time and knowledge as well as everyone that is on this thread.

Tom
post #342 of 4754
When I am touching the TV at top and applying a little pressure, some tic-tic sound come from stand. I notice this stand is different from 551 and 552. Has anybody else also noticed that or I got a wrong piece.
post #343 of 4754
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Originally Posted by test19 View Post

When I am touching the TV at top and applying a little pressure, some tic-tic sound come from stand. I notice this stand is different from 551 and 552. Has anybody else also noticed that or I got a wrong piece.

Just don't do it! Then it will not make that noise.

I hung one of mine. I'll take a picture of the base for you and you can see how it connects to the TV. Pretty simple but it does wobble easily, which could account for the tic-tic sound. I just tried mine and it does kinda have a tic sound from the base.

There is a matching face plate on the TV with headed type rivets that fit in the two slots in the base plate. When the plates are connected and seated, 4 small screws from the rear of the base secure the 2 plates together.

Hope this helps.
LL
post #344 of 4754
Stumbled upon this website where they tested the XVT 553 SV in supposedly some pretty technical surroundings.

http://www.televisioninfo.com/conten...eview-1784.htm

Some of you "Tech Heads" let us know what you think about their results.
post #345 of 4754
Hey y'all, long time lurker here. I haven't purchased a "large" television for my living room since my 36" Sony WEGA CRT. Anyways, I'm really interested in this Vizio, as it has all the features I'm looking for; at a really amazing price. Two Costco's near me have them in stock, but I'm a little hesitant. I've only owned Sony gear on the past, and have always had great luck with them.

So my question is, does Vizio have a good track record with reliabilty? I'd rather spend more money on something that'll last longer, instead of saving money in the short term. Again, I love everything this TV has to offer, and I'm real close to pulling the trigger; I just don't want something that's gonna go bad on me in a couple years.
post #346 of 4754
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Originally Posted by Tom the Piddler View Post

Stumbled upon this website where they tested the XVT 553 SV in supposedly some pretty technical surroundings.

http://www.televisioninfo.com/conten...eview-1784.htm

Some of you "Tech Heads" let us know what you think about their results.

Tom, thanks for sharing the link. While the review bursted my bubble a bit, it really seems as if they put it through the ringer. I'm wondering about their comment saying that the screen is reflective. I've read elsewhere that it has a matte finish. One of the reasons I want to replace my plasma is the room it's going in is very bright and it makes it hard to watch TV during the day. Can someone please comment on the review's reflection comment and whether or not you agree? Thanks!
post #347 of 4754
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Originally Posted by Tom the Piddler View Post

Stumbled upon this website where they tested the XVT 553 SV in supposedly some pretty technical surroundings.

http://www.televisioninfo.com/conten...eview-1784.htm

Some of you "Tech Heads" let us know what you think about their results.

Wow! This tv is rated #1 at this site; but it says the black levels are very poor.

I must say, I like the the website.
post #348 of 4754
I'm confused about their test method, thought the dimming zones were whole purpose of led. Why would you disable them to test black level or am I not understanding this technology?
post #349 of 4754
Take televisioninfo's review with a grain of salt. There methodology is is shaky at best and I have often seen their results differ from other reviewers.
post #350 of 4754
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Originally Posted by topr View Post

Take televisioninfo's review with a grain of salt. There methodology is is shaky at best and I have often seen their results differ from other reviewers.

Exactly, they based the black level without using Smart Dimming.

Here is what The Perfect Vision said about the blacks-
The VIZIO (XVT473SV) performs as well as any plasma flat panel I've ever seen, and in fact is somewhat better at delivering gorgeously rich, inky blacks that will have you drooling.
The Perfect Vision, #93, August 2010

Link:
http://www.avguide.com/review/vizio-...cd-hdtv-tpv-93
post #351 of 4754
Does anyone know when Amazon will have more in stock?
post #352 of 4754
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Originally Posted by topr View Post

Take televisioninfo's review with a grain of salt. There methodology is is shaky at best and I have often seen their results differ from other reviewers.

It's funny they treated auto dimming like other advanced settings most of us turn off. I have a feeling most people will have the auto dimming feature on most of the time even if it causes some issues such as the halo effect.

To bad they didn't do some of their tests with the auto dimming on just to see the effect of the overall picture.
post #353 of 4754
It's also odd that the televisioninfo review set the backlight to 100 and has no mention of cutting the color down slightly as in the AVguide review. I think tvinfo is trying to get a set of measured numbers, NOT the best looking picture..
post #354 of 4754
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Originally Posted by Tom the Piddler View Post

They said to "Snail-Mail" the letter/e-mail to Headquarters in Irvine, Ca, which I will. But you would think they could forward the letter/e-mail to the proper person(s) in Ca themselves.

Well, California here it comes.....

I'm kinda ticked off right now about all of this, but that's just me. We need to find the right hand(s) or computer for the letter/e-mail to land in. :-))

Well at least amazon.com will work with us by extending their return policy in hopes that vizio will respond.

Funny story: The cc'ing of the letter to amazon.com prompted them to arrange for the pick up of the units. I got an e-mail from them a hour ago giving a tracking number and who the pick-up company is, and they would be out in a few days to pick them up. A quick call to amazon.com stopped this action and extended the 30 day return policy in hopes that vizio responds.

I really like amazon.com.

Foz32 - you almost had one available. ;-))
post #355 of 4754
I've been looking for a new TV to replace my SXRD XBR1, and this Vizio looks like the winner due to its matte screen.

I want to order off Amazon, but it's showing as "pre-order". Yet others on this forum have gotten theirs from Amazon already. Does anyone know why it's flagged as such?
post #356 of 4754
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Originally Posted by Tom the Piddler View Post

I have e-mailed all the links and filled out all the forms on vizio's website and talked to Tech and Customer Support. They can not answer any of the questions, except the above BlueTooth Headphone question, or address any of the other issues.

They did say their website is to be the considered accurate, as everybody buying a vizio product gets their info and specs from there. I challenged that statement but it fell on deaf ears. Guess we should ignore the pretty box and the spec's on it and discard the manual as they do not represent what is inside.

They said to "Snail-Mail" the letter/e-mail to Headquarters in Irvine, Ca, which I will. But you would think they could forward the letter/e-mail to the proper person(s) in Ca themselves.

Well, California here it comes.....

I'm kinda ticked off right now about all of this, but that's just me. We need to find the right hand(s) or computer for the letter/e-mail to land in. :-))

I've had good luck with a senior person at Vizio who brought my technical questions directly to an engineer and responded quickly (and honestly) about the specs on the set. The company's request to snail mail the letter to headquarters is inappropriate. I've left a message with him about your letter and inability to get hard answers promptly. Let's see what happens.

As for the bluetooth headsets, the VHB100's as mentioned at CES in Jan. are registered with the FCC as of last week. Others can attest as to whether there have been design changes, since the Jan announcement mentioned LCD panels on the outside of the earcup as I recall. Click on the diagram for a closer look at the headset:

http://www.wirelessgoodness.com/2010...ce-on-the-fcc/
post #357 of 4754
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Originally Posted by ronnied316 View Post

Hey y'all, long time lurker here. I haven't purchased a "large" television for my living room since my 36" Sony WEGA CRT. Anyways, I'm really interested in this Vizio, as it has all the features I'm looking for; at a really amazing price. Two Costco's near me have them in stock, but I'm a little hesitant. I've only owned Sony gear on the past, and have always had great luck with them.

So my question is, does Vizio have a good track record with reliabilty? I'd rather spend more money on something that'll last longer, instead of saving money in the short term. Again, I love everything this TV has to offer, and I'm real close to pulling the trigger; I just don't want something that's gonna go bad on me in a couple years.

Consumer Reports has Vizio, Samsung, Sony, LG, Toshiba, and some other's as having a 3% failure rate in the first couple of years.

As to going bad.....you just don't know. A friend of mine's Sony 46" has developed a purple vwertical line 2 inches from the right of the screen that is there at power-up and takes ten minutes to go away.

If you are worried......Costco has a two year warranty and you can always buy an extended warranty through Square-Trade or Vizio itself.
post #358 of 4754
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Originally Posted by Shakesa7 View Post

It's funny they treated auto dimming like other advanced settings most of us turn off. I have a feeling most people will have the auto dimming feature on most of the time even if it causes some issues such as the halo effect.

To bad they didn't do some of their tests with the auto dimming on just to see the effect of the overall picture.

Televisioninfo is bogus. I completely discount their reviews. An LED set with local dimming needs to be tested with that feature enabled, otherwise why would you buy the set?

By the way, I really have not seen any blooming or haloing in the few days I've owned the set.

Also, I don't think the style is that bad. Yes, it's not as sexy as the more espensive Sony's, Samsung's, and LG's, but it does look good to me.

Again......bogus review site.
post #359 of 4754
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Originally Posted by ronnied316 View Post

Hey y'all, long time lurker here. I haven't purchased a "large" television for my living room since my 36" Sony WEGA CRT. Anyways, I'm really interested in this Vizio, as it has all the features I'm looking for; at a really amazing price. Two Costco's near me have them in stock, but I'm a little hesitant. I've only owned Sony gear on the past, and have always had great luck with them.

So my question is, does Vizio have a good track record with reliabilty? I'd rather spend more money on something that'll last longer, instead of saving money in the short term. Again, I love everything this TV has to offer, and I'm real close to pulling the trigger; I just don't want something that's gonna go bad on me in a couple years.

Go audition it against the Sony NX801 60" to decide or if they carry an EX500 60". I personally would choose the NX801 over the Vizio even though it's close to a grand more as I don't have budget issues to be concerned with.

Worst case scenario = a return but with Costco you've got extensive return time flexability. Go audition like material and deem a winner to your eyes and PQ preference.
post #360 of 4754
Thanks cawgijoe and westa6969!

I didn't realize I could purchase an extended warranty through Vizio; and the Costco warranty and return policy are incredibly consumer-friendly. I've seen Vizio's in person, and the PQ has always been really good; but I was mainly concerned about the reliability. So with that answered, I think I'm going to go pick it up tomorrow afternoon!
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