Originally Posted by stonedauwg
Is there any
downside to leaving the sensor off? I only ask because I'm sure it was engineered for some
reason - even if obviously the picture looks "better" without it on as many have testified to. I don't know enough about the science of these new LED back (side) lit sets to know if longevity of the back lighting is an issue like it is in a traditional projection florescent back-lit set. Won't turning off this sensor, which dims the lighting, decrease the longevity of the LEDs? Or is that just not an issue with modern LED screens? Not arguing with picture quality being better without it, just wondering what the long term consequences are of telling everyone to leave it off.
Ok, this is a good question and one deserved of a call to Vizio Technical Support
....which I just made.
Spoke with "Holly"
for about 30 minutes about this subject and brought her up to date on the Firmware Update's effect on the Ambient Light Sensor's setting and our viewing experience and I'll paraphrase what she told me:
Originally Posted by "Holly@VizioTechnicalsupport
"As far as I know, turning off the Ambient Light Sensor will NOT shorten the life of the TV or LED's, in fact I have that turned off on my set also, as well as the Adaptive Luma setting. Thank you for your call and I will pass this information along to the department responsible for the Firmware settings and if there is any concern, I will call you back."
Holly's operative phrase: "As far as I know..."
(these Tech Support people, of course, are not Engineers).
She also suggested if I go to Vizio.com
and on the bottom clicked on "Contact Us"
and then on that page on the bottom right, find "Give Feedback
", I could post this information/concern there and Vizio people read those posts frequently during the day and will respond if they feel there is a need.
There was much more to our discussion, but this was her response to my question in a nut shell.
I think it would be a good idea if someone else here would also make a call to Vizio just to get verification in the form of a second opinion of what Holly told me.VIZIO:
PHONE: (877) 698-4946 (1-877-MY-VIZIO)
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 6am-9pm PST
Sat-Sun: 8am-4pm PST
btw...I invited Holly to check out this forum where she could get some excellent opinions of Vizio and this particular set and see exactly what prompted my call, but, according to her: "We are not allowed to visit any online forums while on the job." So, I said something like "Well, maybe when you're at home tonight you might want to surf yourself to http://www.avsforum.com/t/1433329/vizio-e601-a3-owners-thread/
and take a look at what Vizio owner's think about Vizio and the technical support we receive. (I sense she was noting the link and will do exactly that later on...she's in South Dakota.Edited by iautotron - 7/15/13 at 1:55pm