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Originally Posted by FoF404 View Post

I do have a question about using it as a monitor via HDMI. I have it set as 1920x1080, but it leaves about a 1/2 inch to 1 inch black border around the entire picture.
As a test I just now connected a laptop computer to an E601-A3 via an inexpensive Monoprice supplied Displayport to HDMI cable. I'm not seeing any border at all around the picture. It looks quite good. It's even outputting system sounds to the TV.
post #1112 of 3777
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Originally Posted by ace3166 View Post

Wow,Jack Morris,I would be upset. after reading that,I came up with a plan
If I have any problems with mine,I will simply go to Walmart and purchase another one,take the broken one,put it in the box and return it as doa.

the serial number on the tv wont match the number on the box....not that walmart will notice that
post #1113 of 3777
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Originally Posted by vinnier6 View Post

the serial number on the tv wont match the number on the box....not that walmart will notice that

I have the original boxes, so serial number won't be a problem.

On another note,does anyone know if Vizio pushed out an update? My lip sync issue has just disappeared
since last night???
Edited by ace3166 - 1/5/13 at 11:01am
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I would like your opinions of some TV’s I am considering. I originally was considering the Sony 55 HX850 but have become concerned of the cost of it ($2000). I am coming from an 8 year old Sony plasma and want to go to an LED TV. Newer technologies will be coming and am concerned about investing too much money on a technology what will be obsolete real soon like(OLED, 4k resolution etc). Also the price of this set has not been discounted as much as I expected, Sony's new policies.. The other sets I have been considering at lower price points are the Vizio E601I-A3 ($999), the Sony KDL60EX645 ($1499) and Sony KDL55HX750 ($1499). But I an concerned with the over quality of black level, black uniformity and off axis viewing of these compared to the Sony 55HX850.
Unfortunately I cannot view these sets in order to compare them and I am looking for suggestions on a direction to go in. Should I wait for the new 2013 tv since they are around they will be released soon?
I would appreciate comments. Thanks for the help.

Tony
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Originally Posted by ace3166 View Post

Wow,Jack Morris,I would be upset. after reading that,I came up with a plan
If I have any problems with mine,I will simply go to Walmart and purchase another one,take the broken one,put it in the box and return it as doa.

I tried that today... see this thread for what happened at Walmart(it isn't good).
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1449769/walmart-warning-looking-to-buy-that-sale-lcd-tv-at-walmart-look-elsewhere

So, I am back to waiting for Vizio to follow through on their replacement TV. Spoke with them again today and still nothing has transpired with them sending me a replacement TV after one full week. I am staring to wonder if they are out of stock on the TV or if they are not sending out any of the old faulty units and waiting for new fixed ones to come in from China?

Don't think I'll be buying anything from Walmart or Vizio in the future and I can't recommend anyone else does either.... mad.gif
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Originally Posted by Volcanik6 View Post

Turn on the Game mode on the input that you are using for the xbox 360, that will get rid of any delays. Mine works fine.

My update to this game mode issue.

The game mode ON, which is a input specific setting, does fix the video lag. However, every time I go to play Xbox, I need to turn game mode OFF then back ON.

It is like the game mode defaults back to OFF even though it says ON when I turn on the TV.
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Originally Posted by Jakemon31 View Post

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Originally Posted by Volcanik6 View Post

Turn on the Game mode on the input that you are using for the xbox 360, that will get rid of any delays. Mine works fine.

My update to this game mode issue.

The game mode ON, which is a input specific setting, does fix the video lag. However, every time I go to play Xbox, I need to turn game mode OFF then back ON.

It is like the game mode defaults back to OFF even though it says ON when I turn on the TV.

Yeah it's an annoying bug, but to save one step you don't have to turn it off then on again, just select on and press ok and it'll blink on. But much consolation but does save one step
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I'm waiting on my new replacement from Vizio, the tracking is accurate and they said I'll have it on Tuesday the 8th... Meanwhile I have a new Vizio 32" LED slim set that I bought to tide me over for the 3 weeks that I had to wait and I have a question on backlighting.

I dont know much at all about LED sets, and I 've seen some settings people use, some are running backlight down around 50... some at 60, and higher... One mode on the TV , I believe is Vivid mode, sets the backlight up to 90 or so...

My experience over many years of older tv's was to always run the contrast and brightness very low, and as the tv ages you can turn it up more and more.... This helped a lot of my older Tv's as I always set those settings at around 50 percent or so... When you crank up the backlight on these LED sets, does it hurt the TV or shorten the life of the panel ? I'm not quite clear on how the back light works....I've had mine set about 80, and lowered it to 70 and I notice a slight dimming of the picture but it's a great picture and I didnt want to push the back light to hard....

Anyone know if running high back light settings hurts the set ? I run contrast about 55 and brightness about 50 to 55 on my little Vizio and it seems to do well....

Thanks,
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Sorry, haven't had a chance to run through all of the posts to see if someone has experienced the same thing that I'm going through. Purchased the E601-A3 a week ago and have loved everybit of it until the other night when the TV started doing something strange. I can't describe it so I took a video of it happening and put it on youtube. Any comments would be appreciated. Definitely going to return but was wondering if it's worth getting the same model again?
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I see some early comments in this thread saying motion blur and what I'd call ghosting is minimal with the E601i. I just bought the set yesterday, largely based on good reviews and forum comments. I'll admit the first sports program I watched was a tough test -- hockey with fast motion on a white sheet of ice -- but the motion blur made it almost unwatchable. I played with the smooth motion settings, from off through most of the spectrum to full on. It actually seemed best with smooth motion off, but none of the settings, including "football" mode, were good. Is this a settings issue and I just haven't found the right combo yet, or did I get a bad set? By the way, the football game I watched after hockey was better, but even there the football was clearly blurring in flight.
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Originally Posted by Ken McGonagle View Post

Sorry, haven't had a chance to run through all of the posts to see if someone has experienced the same thing that I'm going through. Purchased the E601-A3 a week ago and have loved everybit of it until the other night when the TV started doing something strange. I can't describe it so I took a video of it happening and put it on youtube. Any comments would be appreciated. Definitely going to return but was wondering if it's worth getting the same model again?

Have you tried a different interconnect cable? I watched your video, and I have seen similar macro blocking occur when a bad or low quality HDMI cable was used. Its worth a try to change it out and see if the problem disappears.
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I'm curious if anybody who's had their screen go permanently dark had the 'backlight control' setting off. When using backlight control, I had issues with the screen going blank periodically (though it would always come back on in a minute or two, or by turning on a settings menu or changing the picture in other ways). Since disabling backlight control, the picture has *never* gone out.

- Gerry

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Originally Posted by acermen1212 View Post

I an concerned with the over quality of black level, black uniformity and off axis viewing of these compared to the Sony 55HX850.
Unfortunately I cannot view these sets in order to compare them and I am looking for suggestions on a direction to go in. Should I wait for the new 2013 tv since they are around they will be released soon?
I would appreciate comments. Thanks for the help.
Tony

Black levels were actually ok, defiantly some clouding and off axis viewing was noticeable better with certain settings but not even watchable with others it would wash right out. I haven't seen the Sony in person so I don't know how it compares directly to it just how my vizio looked to me (while it worked of course)
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Originally Posted by gstellenberg View Post

I'm curious if anybody who's had their screen go permanently dark had the 'backlight control' setting off. When using backlight control, I had issues with the screen going blank periodically (though it would always come back on in a minute or two, or by turning on a settings menu or changing the picture in other ways). Since disabling backlight control, the picture has *never* gone out.
- Gerry
OMG... I hope you are a messiah for our new TVs????

Have to hook up my back from the Walmart TV again to check... but dangit, if it worked for you,, maybe it works for me>

Will let you know and report back to this thread....
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Originally Posted by Jack Morris View Post

OMG... I hope you are a messiah for our new TVs????
Have to hook up my back from the Walmart TV again to check... but dangit, if it worked for you,, maybe it works for me>
Will let you know and report back to this thread....

When my Vizio was working the back light was set to OFF ... The picture went out anyhow in 3 weeks.... New one coming in a couple of days so I'll give Vizio another chance... if it goes out I'll buy another brand there are far to many failures on these Vizio E601 sets to be comfortable with...
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I got my set mid December after missing out on the amazon split second black friday availability. So far so good, although all of these panel failure reports are starting to worry me. Anyway I thought I'd post a pic of my setup since those are always fun.

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Yeah I'm getting uneasy over these failures. I bought mine on BF and a buddy did too. My daughter was 14th in line and my buddy was 15th for the 15 available tv's they offered. Anyway he texted me yesterday to say that his picture went out and he was getting an exchange at Walmart. Not too confidence inspiring. I have to say mine has been used quite a bit. Over the holidays my son probably played video games on it at least 8 hours a day and nary a blip but I'm worrying now that I'll go past my 90 days and be stuck with it where as now I could get a refund and look elsewhere.
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Originally Posted by crawdad62 View Post

Yeah I'm getting uneasy over these failures. I bought mine on BF and a buddy did too. My daughter was 14th in line and my buddy was 15th for the 15 available tv's they offered. Anyway he texted me yesterday to say that his picture went out and he was getting an exchange at Walmart. Not too confidence inspiring. I have to say mine has been used quite a bit. Over the holidays my son probably played video games on it at least 8 hours a day and nary a blip but I'm worrying now that I'll go past my 90 days and be stuck with it where as now I could get a refund and look elsewhere.

I have to wonder how many sets they've sold? The user reviews at Amazon are pushing 300 (4 star so far) just since October. The only problem I've had was the lip sync and changing my cable box to LPCM cured that. This was my first new TV since '08 and I have to say it's the best picture I've ever owned. Tho old saying about electronics is that if it survives the first 90 days it'll last for years, hope that holds true! My set will be 90 days old on January 20th. biggrin.gif

After they have been in production for a while longer I plan on getting the E70 for the LR, these sets are an amazing bargain...assuming they continue to work.
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Quick phone pic of my little setup.. i know it's pink eek.gif i just recently acquired this space in my house, so haven't had time to repaint it yet, i had to get this bad boy up for football season.. anyways i'm happy with it only thing is the lip sync issue but like others have mentioned switching my box to lpcm should fix that.. so for $800 and some change with the 4 year warranty you can't go wrong in my opinion
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This isn't E60 specific but it's a big deal that you need to know if you have TWC. They have developed an app for Roku that puts your entire cable subscription on line. This can eliminate the cable box if you choose. It will be available in the first Q. It is already available for IOS now, I just put it on my iPad and there is my cable TV! Gotta love tech! biggrin.gif

http://ces.cnet.com/8301-34444_1-57562357/twc-tv-app-brings-300-live-tv-channels-to-roku-owners/
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I am not sure if this was talked about I was not able to go through all 38 pages but does this set suffer from input lag? I am asking specifically for FPS games such as Call of Duty. I just bought a Vizio m55ovse from my local Walmart. When I play online the lag is horrible even in game mode. So I was going to return it to purchase this set in hopes of it having better input lag.
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I received this Vizio E601-A3 as a X-mas gift, first time I owned a LED TV..old TV was a 12 year old rear projection TV.
I didn't get a chance to check it all out yet ( work to much), but watched football and a HD movie seems great the picture.
I'm checking it all out slowly, last week I tried the thumb drive in a HDMI slot...had some work related pictures I wanted to see big..and big they were look great.

Today I hooked it up as a second display for my PC....using a HDMI cable I just had to set it for #2 display and to have the desktop icons showing and need to switch back when using display #1 (the PC) with the desktop icons showing...no big deal there for me.

Now my question is this ( my next check out of this TV)..
The Vizio dock at bottom is all internet related items like Yahoo,Netflix etc. I know this has to be connected to the internet (wired or wireless) but is it better to do this hookup since I can already get all these from using it as a #2 display for PC, I can get the internet on the TV screen using my wireless mouse and keyboard..I know that Vizio dock needs its own internet connection but is it better..say if you want to watch a movie from Netflix is it in HD using the Vizio dock and not HD just using the internet from a PC hookup???

Will have to send a ethernet cable into the wall from my modem and just swiitch them from TV to PC or buy a wired or wireless router...not sure if its worth the problem if not gaining anything from it. Thanks folks for any reply.
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here are some pix of my set up - replaced a 42" plasma-
I had to make a custom stand in order to fit the unit and have a spot for my center channel speaker.
So far no problems whatsoever - looking forward to football tonight!
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Originally Posted by schex View Post

here are some pix of my set up - replaced a 42" plasma-
I had to make a custom stand in order to fit the unit and have a spot for my center channel speaker.
So far no problems whatsoever - looking forward to football tonight!

Thanks for sharing, nice work! Any issues with flex?
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Originally Posted by cayers71 View Post

Thanks for sharing, nice work! Any issues with flex?

Thanks. Yes actually it flexes a bit. My buddy had a piece of aluminum angle iron that we used. Probably would have been fine but we had to cut the back edge of the angle off for the center channel. It's fine for now unless a big earthquake or small kid gets it! I may try steel or a heavier piece of aluminum.
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Thanks. Yes actually it flexes a bit. My buddy had a piece of aluminum angle iron that we used. Probably would have been fine but we had to cut the back edge of the angle off for the center channel. It's fine for now unless a big earthquake or small kid gets it! I may try steel or a heavier piece of aluminum.

if you do end up using a heavier gauge material, you could throw in some close tolerance recessed hex bolts that will sit flush with the surface...give it a nice finished look. But if there are no kids around to mess with it, no problem!
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I will definitely redo it or reinforce it. We used stainless bolts, I am not familiar with close tolerance recessed hex bolts. I would guess they would need to be countersunk?
Sorry for off topic...

Still tweaking settings on mine.
Is anyone a tennis fan?? On my current settings the ball is pretty bad. Would like to get it fixed before the Australian Open, if anyone has any suggestions.
Thanks
Schex
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Originally Posted by schex View Post

I will definitely redo it or reinforce it. We used stainless bolts, I am not familiar with close tolerance recessed hex bolts. I would guess they would need to be countersunk?
Sorry for off topic...
Still tweaking settings on mine.
Is anyone a tennis fan?? On my current settings the ball is pretty bad. Would like to get it fixed before the Australian Open, if anyone has any suggestions.
Thanks
Schex

Have you tried it on game setting? Might be worth playing with.
post #1139 of 3777
Updating my previous posts on my broken Vizio.

Just got off the phone with Sandra at Vizio and after 12 days, they still haven't yet shipped the replacement TV to me. Since they are shipping the TV from Cali, they probably need to ship it to me tomorrow for me to receive it within their promised 5-13 working day window. If I lived farther away in Florida or the NE, there is no way I could receive the TV in time.

Every time I call I just have to vomit upon hearing all their self promotion of how JD Powers says their customer service is wonderful..... frown.gif
post #1140 of 3777
Hi guys.
My 40 day old Vizio e601i-a3 picture just went black. Got sound but no picture. Contacted Vizio and they confirmed that the picture was out. I bought at a Samsclub for $978, so i'm returning it.

I want a 60 inch LED smart tv.
Should i exchange for the same tv or get another brand? What brand? No 3D tv's.
I'm willing to spend an extra $400 if needed.
The vizio had no problems until now.
thanks guys
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