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post #2881 of 3777
Thanks gene. Trying out your settings. All I know is this is a huge change from my Mitsubishi dlp


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post #2882 of 3777
Just switched from a vizio sound bar to an onkyo s3500 home theatre system. Does anyone with a home theatre know why the vizio won't put the onkyo receiver into standby mode when I turn the tv off? I tried playing with settings in tv but had no luck. The sound will shut off, but the receiver stays fully on. Confused because I have a similar setup with a Panasonic st30 and no issues.
post #2883 of 3777
Man...I want to like this TV but looks like its goin back. I keep getting these hdmi handshake type issues. The screen will go dark on my ps3 as well as my computer. Hitting any button on the tv remote will make it come back. Also get the occasional lip sync issue which I thought would be fixed by now.
post #2884 of 3777
Gosh darn exciting -

I'm using a Harmony remote in conjunction with my Vizio. I recently went into the Harmony software and was notified there was an update for the Vizio E601-A3 device. I figured "why not?" Well, I now have the option of DISCRETE HDMI INPUT BUTTONS!

I only use HDMI1 for all devices (through my receiver). Occasionally, someone will click something and the TV will change to a different input, so I've got "TV Input" as a custom on screen button for every Harmony activity. Previously I only had the option of the "input" command which would cycle through all inputs. Now I can set that up as a discrete Input HDMI 1 command to make everything even more bullet proof!

I'm not sure if this is included because Logitech was able to figure out this command, or if a recent firmware update to the TV added this command.

Either way, another bonus point for the Vizio (and Harmony!)
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Any opinions on how good the refurbs are?

The refurb + 4-year warranty + tax comes out to about $830
post #2887 of 3777
The refurbs are fine. Most of them are probably TV's that fell into the affected range of serial #'s and people got spooked & returned them. You can't go wrong with TV, especially for that kind of money. If i were you, I would jump on that tv before they are gone!
post #2888 of 3777
Agree on referbs. I bought a Vizio factory referb from WalMart and have been pleased ever since with zero issues. Even the shipping was done well, which I was worried about since I thought Wally's might use the cheapest/worst carrier. Just stick to watching this forum, you'll get all the up to date info you need!
post #2889 of 3777
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Originally Posted by fastman43 View Post

The refurbs are fine. Most of them are probably TV's that fell into the affected range of serial #'s and people got spooked & returned them. You can't go wrong with TV, especially for that kind of money. If i were you, I would jump on that tv before they are gone!

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Originally Posted by stonedauwg View Post

Agree on referbs. I bought a Vizio factory referb from WalMart and have been pleased ever since with zero issues. Even the shipping was done well, which I was worried about since I thought Wally's might use the cheapest/worst carrier. Just stick to watching this forum, you'll get all the up to date info you need!

Thanks. I did jump on the deal. I hope if it was one of the affected SNs, Vizio would have fixed the problem before selling it. In any case it does have a 90-day manufacturers warranty, and I assume it can also be returned to Walmart within 90-days if I'm not fully satisfied. I also got the 4-year extended warranty, so if anything should go bad after the 90-day period, it will still be covered under the extended warranty.

I've seen may different picture settings on this forum. Any consensus on the best picture settings for general TV and movie watching?

Can't wait to try it out once the set is delivered.

Thanks!
post #2890 of 3777
I'm not trying to hijack, but i need to know something that may or may not be common with vizio e series and i'm not finding any answers. Do you have a setting for motion, and/or more specifically for turning off/on the SOE (soap opera effect)? Last week we bought the E551d-AO, and it does not have the SOE. My wife loves this feature...she's seen it on my brother's vizio and several others. I've spent several hours looking through the settings over and over again, reading forums, etc. and I can't find any info on this at all. I'm beginning to wonder if my tv, or the E series in general don't do the SOE effect, or if there's some hidden setting to control it or something. I don't see any motion settings anywhere. Turning game mode off/on does nothing...i see no noticeable difference when watching a bluray or movie on netflix or cable.
post #2891 of 3777
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Originally Posted by wader2k View Post

Well, our 3rd E60 died today. Yup, 3rd....

S/N LFTRNWAP0900640

No display....screen black. A weird sound emanating from the speaker by the power cord as near as I can tell. Sounds like someone thumping an empty 2 liter soda bottle. Over and over and over.
Sounds like an audio noise coming from the speaker.

Unplugged unit for some time. As soon as I plug it back in the thumping continues. This is before I get a chance to even power it on. Unit will not turn on.

I love this TV when it works....but it doesn't seem to last. HDMI Control has always been a little flaky when using Netflix and Amazon apps. I wonder if some thing in the HDMI control could be causing strange states and erratic behavior. Maybe I will leave HDMI control off on the next one for giggles.

Anyway, Vizio has once again easily set up a swap for a new unit. Last time it took 8-9 days. I have a 42" Vizio for backup that has worked for years.

The s/n indicates this is way past the the problem units mentioned in the special bulletin. Worrisome! Gotta wonder if they really fixed the problems with these.
I also wonder if the warranty date changes every time I get a replacement or if I will eventually be stuck with a unit that only seems to last 3-6 months.


Replacement showed up today. Initial reports are no stuck pixels and all looks good. I won't know much till I get home from work. Vizio is outstanding with shipping and customer service!
Now we'll see if 4th time is the charm......
post #2892 of 3777
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Originally Posted by wader2k View Post

Replacement showed up today. Initial reports are no stuck pixels and all looks good. I won't know much till I get home from work. Vizio is outstanding with shipping and customer service!
Now we'll see if 4th time is the charm......

Good luck with your 4th one. Hope you did buy an extended warranty, didn't sound like you had one in a past post.
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You never got a reply to this question you asked- "I also wonder if the warranty date changes every time I get a replacement or if I will eventually be stuck with a unit that only seems to last 3-6 months."

Once you get a replacement the Vizio warranty falls back to the day of your very first TV purchase date. Example: if your first TV was brought November 1, 2012 you now have less then three months warranty on your 4th TV with the Vizio warranty ( even if it was one in that special serial number range that extra year by Vizio is not included anymore).
post #2893 of 3777
@#%$@#$^$%!!!!

Turned on the TV this morning to get ready for a Rock Band and movie watching party tonight.... and I got bit by the dreaded black screen of death....

S/N: LFTRNWAN4219030

Yup, I believe that falls in the range of the service bulletin... but damn I sure was hoping I would escape without having to get it serviced / exchanged. And the timing couldn't possibly be any worse, either... :-(

*Herman Munster* DARN! DARN! DARN! DARN! DARN!
post #2894 of 3777
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Originally Posted by TheGeekRedneck View Post

@#%$@#$^$%!!!!

Turned on the TV this morning to get ready for a Rock Band and movie watching party tonight.... and I got bit by the dreaded black screen of death....

S/N: LFTRNWAN4219030

Yup, I believe that falls in the range of the service bulletin... but damn I sure was hoping I would escape without having to get it serviced / exchanged. And the timing couldn't possibly be any worse, either... :-(

*Herman Munster* DARN! DARN! DARN! DARN! DARN!

Well, the good news is Vizio will take care of it right away with no problem. Love the Herman Munster!!
post #2895 of 3777
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Originally Posted by Smitty2k1 View Post

Gosh darn exciting -

I'm using a Harmony remote in conjunction with my Vizio. I recently went into the Harmony software and was notified there was an update for the Vizio E601-A3 device. I figured "why not?" Well, I now have the option of DISCRETE HDMI INPUT BUTTONS!

I only use HDMI1 for all devices (through my receiver). Occasionally, someone will click something and the TV will change to a different input, so I've got "TV Input" as a custom on screen button for every Harmony activity. Previously I only had the option of the "input" command which would cycle through all inputs. Now I can set that up as a discrete Input HDMI 1 command to make everything even more bullet proof!

I'm not sure if this is included because Logitech was able to figure out this command, or if a recent firmware update to the TV added this command.

Either way, another bonus point for the Vizio (and Harmony!)

Is anyone having issues with the Harmony remote when used with the TV when changing "Activity", say when going from watch DVD to watch TV, the TV goes to the wrong input?
post #2896 of 3777
The refurbish unit I got from Walmart has the serial number BFLFTRNWAN44xxxxx.

Since it's a 44WAN, I'm guessing it was one of the defective units from last year. Other than the fact this TV came in a plain Vizio box marked Refurbished, there was no indication this was a used set--it looked absolutely new with all the plastic wrapping etc.

Hope they fixed any and all problems with this set before reselling.

I've tried all the different picture settings recommended on this forum, but have yet to find a setting I like.

Has anyone used a calibration disc with this set and recorded the settings?

Also having some issues with how the TV processes input changes sent from my Logitech Harmony 550 remote when changing activities. For some reason, it activates the Input menu on the screen and goes through each input one at a time before stopping (sometimes on the wrong input).

Anyone else have issues with the Harmony Remote, and thoughts on how to fix it?

Thanks!
post #2897 of 3777
I just got the same issue. Serial Number in the Vizio Service Bulletin Range.

While watching a feed on HDMI started getting evenly spaced vertical green lines across the entire screen. Mine does not go away as the TV warms up.

Are you still having the issue? What was the resolution with Vizio?
post #2898 of 3777
Can I program this set's remote to control my DirecTV box?
post #2899 of 3777
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Originally Posted by vizbar View Post

Is anyone having issues with the Harmony remote when used with the TV when changing "Activity", say when going from watch DVD to watch TV, the TV goes to the wrong input?

No, but all my activities use HDMI 1. The input screen shows up but input does not change
post #2900 of 3777
Found a solution to the Logitech Remote problem. The trick is to adjust the Input setting for the TV Device. Instead of the default setup which says the remote has one Input button, change it to remote has separate buttons for each input. Then you map each Input to the appropriate button. Since this TV accepts discrete Inputs from the remote, it fixes the problem when switching activities so it doesn't search around and goes to the wrong input.

I'm including screenshots from my Harmony setup which should help understand it better:

Select Settings in this first step.




Select Method 2 on this screen. The default Method 1 does not work correctly.


Adjust Source Inputs here. I combined Component and AV to Comp/AV, since that's how they show-up on the TV. Also changed RGB to RGB/Comp.


I mapped the Comp/AV Input to InputAv, because mapping it to InputComp did not work for me.
post #2901 of 3777
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Originally Posted by OncleJulien - 3 weeks ago View Post

Hello all - just purchased this set to replace my XVT553SV, and while I love the picture quality, I'm a little confused - is the remote universal? My old remote, which looks like previous generation to this one, controlled my DirecTV and BD player, but unless I'm missing something, this remote looks like a unitasker.
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Originally Posted by OncleJulien - 2 weeks ago View Post

Is the remote that comes with this set universal? I can find no menu or settings for programming it to control other devices.
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Originally Posted by OncleJulien - 1 day ago View Post

Can I program this set's remote to control my DirecTV box?


Joelle: Thank you for contacting VIZIO Live Chat.   Unfortunately the remote is not an universal remote.

Answers that, I suppose.
post #2902 of 3777
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Originally Posted by vizbar View Post

Found a solution to the Logitech Remote problem. The trick is to adjust the Input setting for the TV Device. Instead of the default setup which says the remote has one Input button, change it to remote has separate buttons for each input. Then you map each Input to the appropriate button. Since this TV accepts discrete Inputs from the remote, it fixes the problem when switching activities so it doesn't search around and goes to the wrong input.

I'm including screenshots from my Harmony setup which should help understand it better:

Select Settings in this first step.




Select Method 2 on this screen. The default Method 1 does not work correctly.


Adjust Source Inputs here. I combined Component and AV to Comp/AV, since that's how they show-up on the TV. Also changed RGB to RGB/Comp.


I mapped the Comp/AV Input to InputAv, because mapping it to InputComp did not work for me.

GREAT!
post #2903 of 3777
All of my apps seem to work fine except youtube. It lags so badly it's unwatchable. anyone else?
post #2904 of 3777
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Originally Posted by tycho brahe View Post

All of my apps seem to work fine except youtube. It lags so badly it's unwatchable. anyone else?

Youtube is working for me with not much lag. I paired it with my iPad, so I am able to select the videos on the iPad and use the TV for displaying them.
post #2905 of 3777
Wanted to share my picture settings, in case someone is looking for an alternative to the already published settings on CNET and on this forum.

I used a mix of the default Cool Color Temperature, montecore's Advanced Picture settings (p.43), and calibrated the Standard Picture Mode using the AVD HD 709 HDTV Calibration disc to adjust my Backlight, Brightness, Contrast, and Color.

Here's what I ended-up with, and I'm pretty happy with it...

Picture Mode: Standard
Backlight: 60
Brightness: 50
Contrast: 72
Color: 40
Tint: 0
Sharpness: 5

Color Temp: Cool
Red Gain: 121
Green Gain: 99
Blue Gain: 128
Red Offset: 128
Green Offset: 128
Blue Offset: 128

Smooth Motion: Off
Noise Reduction: Low
MPEG NR: Low
Color Enhancement: Grn/Flesh
Adaptive Luma: Off
Film: Auto
Backlight Control: Off
Ambient Light Sensor: Off


Thanks to all who contribute to this forum.
post #2906 of 3777
Funny I read posts about your Vizio's turning on by themselves. My wife asked me this morning why I left the TV on all night! I told her I remembered turning it off. I guess I wasn't crazy after all smile.gif We did have a power blink early this morning. Maybe that had something to do with it.
post #2907 of 3777
I am having problems with my E60 not working correctly when I have my router turned on. For some reason it interferes with the side control buttons as in you can't turn the volume up or down, change inputs, menu, anything that is tied in to the side controls. Doesn't matter if you use the remote or the side buttons. If I turn off my router the TV works fine (other than the internet apps obviously). Could this be a DNS setting or IP address configuration that is messed up?
post #2908 of 3777
Can someone tell me which sizes have the direct led vs. edge lit ? Is there a difference in picture quality ? Any clouding or flashlighting ?
post #2909 of 3777
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Originally Posted by TSR4UA View Post

Funny I read posts about your Vizio's turning on by themselves. My wife asked me this morning why I left the TV on all night! I told her I remembered turning it off. I guess I wasn't crazy after all smile.gif We did have a power blink early this morning. Maybe that had something to do with it.

My TV also turned itself on overnight last weekend. Knock on wood it's only done it that once so hopefully it was just a fluke thing. I will keep an eye on it for sure.

-Guru
post #2910 of 3777
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Originally Posted by TSR4UA View Post

Funny I read posts about your Vizio's turning on by themselves.
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In previous posts I mentioned this strange occurrence on my own set.

It has only happened two times in the eight months I've had my set, and still don't have a reason or understanding why this would happen, but hopefully those are the last times I'll experience it.
(Ghosts in the machine?)

btw...still loving this TV! wink.gif

Gene smile.gif
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