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post #3451 of 3777
Here's the photos. Right in the middle on the top. Kinda like a yellow doughnut. Also this area was very pixelated. Never goes away, but not as noticeable on like a bright beach scene, but always there in dark ones.


post #3452 of 3777
I'm thinking of getting this (in-store Target deal for $688). This will replace my 10 yr old Hitachi projection TV that still runs like a champ (albeit glare+minor convergence issues).

I'm also debating the Walmart 60" LG deal ($598) which is NOT a smart TV. I like the Vizio as my wife/kids watch Netflix/Hulu a lot so with the Vizio, it will be ease of convenience with the press of a button.

With the LG, I have to spend another $50 on a Roku device.

How does the Vizio fare with the smart apps (speficially with Netflix/Hlul)? I know Roku is supposedly to load/process much faster but for owners of this Vizio, are you satisifed with the Smart streaming features or ended up buying a Roku type device eventually?

If the latter, I might go for the 60" LG Plasma then.

Thanks !!
post #3453 of 3777
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Originally Posted by Fragster View Post

I'm thinking of getting this (in-store Target deal for $688). This will replace my 10 yr old Hitachi projection TV that still runs like a champ (albeit glare+minor convergence issues).

I'm also debating the Walmart 60" LG deal ($598) which is NOT a smart TV. I like the Vizio as my wife/kids watch Netflix/Hulu a lot so with the Vizio, it will be ease of convenience with the press of a button.

With the LG, I have to spend another $50 on a Roku device.

How does the Vizio fare with the smart apps (speficially with Netflix/Hlul)? I know Roku is supposedly to load/process much faster but for owners of this Vizio, are you satisifed with the Smart streaming features or ended up buying a Roku type device eventually?

If the latter, I might go for the 60" LG Plasma then.

Thanks !!

The netflix app quality is horrible on this TV for me. Apparently it is OK for some others. I have ~8Mbps bandwidth, and don't even get 480p resolution (DVD quality). See the discussion on this about a page or two up from here. So eeither way, you will probably end up with a Roku.
Edited by bcms6 - 1/30/14 at 9:24am
post #3454 of 3777
I bought a roku for it. Much better.
post #3455 of 3777
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Originally Posted by iautotron View Post

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It has been reported at various times within this thread by owners, including myself (link) about this sets tendency to simply turn itself on, with no human intervention, and without warning. This, I believe, has nothing at all to do with DirecTv, Comcast, or any other service provider, but instead, is simply a Vizio technical issue.

In the year or so since setting up my set, it has occurred about four or five times, as recently as last week for me, typically a few seconds or a minute after turning the power off using the remote (but never more than that in my case), I'll walk out of the room only to hear the audio come back on and then seeing that the set has turned back on, under its own power. To me, this is some kind of uncharacteristic "quirk" or aberration within the electronics of the E601i-A3 that causes this and so far has gone unexplained or a solution offered by Vizio.

This one fault, for me, is not enough to be too concerned about since it happens only on rare occasions and does not affect the overall performance of this set. Depending on the frequency of occurrences for you and others, you might raise this again with Vizio and hopefully you'll be talking to a service rep who will be a bit more knowledgeable and won't be so quick to blame the service provider, but instead will provide a better solution that will rectify the situation once and for all.

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I've had a refurb 601 from Walmart for about 6-months. And I've seen the set turn itself on about 8-10 times in that period. Most recently, it happened a couple days ago. TV turned itself on less than a minute after it was turned off. So far I have resisted calling Vizio, but if it happened more frequently I may have to call them. I don't have a Cable box in the equation, playing TV over-the-air using an antenna, so they can't blame it on a Cable box.
post #3456 of 3777
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Originally Posted by Fragster View Post

I'm thinking of getting this (in-store Target deal for $688). This will replace my 10 yr old Hitachi projection TV that still runs like a champ (albeit glare+minor convergence issues).

I'm also debating the Walmart 60" LG deal ($598) which is NOT a smart TV. I like the Vizio as my wife/kids watch Netflix/Hulu a lot so with the Vizio, it will be ease of convenience with the press of a button.

With the LG, I have to spend another $50 on a Roku device.

How does the Vizio fare with the smart apps (speficially with Netflix/Hlul)? I know Roku is supposedly to load/process much faster but for owners of this Vizio, are you satisifed with the Smart streaming features or ended up buying a Roku type device eventually?

If the latter, I might go for the 60" LG Plasma then.

Thanks !!

Is your Hitachi named Rocky? Sorry, reading that made me laugh.
post #3457 of 3777

Hi,

 

I'm new here on the AVS Forums and I just bought this TV from target for 688 and was trying to use the setting I found on the spreadsheet as well as one I found on cnet, but I'm having trouble find all the setting with1.25.24-300.0090. I have options like calibrated, calibrated (dark), normal, game mode, computer etc, but no movie and not football etc. Also when I go to color tuner I have a range between -100 and +100 so i can't go to 129 for example. Does 129 in this case mean 29 or what am I missing? 

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

 

Many thanks,

Doc

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Originally Posted by Docbartus View Post

Hi,

I'm new here on the AVS Forums and I just bought this TV from target for 688 and was trying to use the setting I found on the spreadsheet as well as one I found on cnet, but I'm having trouble find all the setting with1.25.24-300.0090. I have options like calibrated, calibrated (dark), normal, game mode, computer etc, but no movie and not football etc. Also when I go to color tuner I have a range between -100 and +100 so i can't go to 129 for example. Does 129 in this case mean 29 or what am I missing? 

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,
Doc

You have a newer A3 model. Those are all updated features that were not present on the A3 models when they were released (and reviewed by CNET). I'm not sure what the new Calibrated presets do but the color tuner and other professional settings allow you (or someone you hire) to truly calibrate the TV.
post #3459 of 3777
[quote name="Fragster" url="/t/1433329/vizio-e601-a3-owners-thread/3450#post_24287314"]I'm thinking of getting this (in-store Target deal for $688). This will replace my 10 yr old Hitachi projection TV that still runs like a champ (albeit glare+minor convergence issues).

I'm also debating the Walmart 60" LG deal ($598) which is NOT a smart TV. I like the Vizio as my wife/kids watch Netflix/Hulu a lot so with the Vizio, it will be ease of convenience with the press of a button.

With the LG, I have to spend another $50 on a Roku device.

How does the Vizio fare with the smart apps (speficially with Netflix/Hlul)? I know Roku is supposedly to load/process much faster but for owners of this Vizio, are you satisifed with the Smart streaming features or ended up buying a Roku type device eventually?

If the latter, I might go for the 60" LG Plasma then.

Thanks !![/quote]

Where are you finding this deal? I've been looking at both of these tvs you mentioned and for the $688 price sounds like a heck of a deal. Thanks in advanced.

**Nevermind, I found it onslickdeals**
Edited by whitemeat640 - 1/30/14 at 7:02pm
post #3460 of 3777
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Originally Posted by vizbar View Post

I've had a refurb 601 from Walmart for about 6-months. And I've seen the set turn itself on about 8-10 times in that period. Most recently, it happened a couple days ago. TV turned itself on less than a minute after it was turned off. So far I have resisted calling Vizio, but if it happened more frequently I may have to call them. I don't have a Cable box in the equation, playing TV over-the-air using an antenna, so they can't blame it on a Cable box.

Vizio tech support can help you some but that's just about it. You said you have a E601i refurbished TV for six months now and got it from Walmart. You do know I hope a refurbished unit only has a 90 day warranty..that's why you pay a low price for it besides it being repaired for some reason in past.

A recertified TV has a one year warranty like a brand new TV..but not a refurbished TV..

If you got an extended warranty with it good idea..but Vizio has nothing to do with that, have to deal with the warranty company.
Edited by Internet2 - 1/30/14 at 7:42pm
post #3461 of 3777
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Originally Posted by Anon314 View Post


You have a newer A3 model. Those are all updated features that were not present on the A3 models when they were released (and reviewed by CNET). I'm not sure what the new Calibrated presets do but the color tuner and other professional settings allow you (or someone you hire) to truly calibrate the TV.

Oh I see... I'm not videophile enough to hire someone to do it for me, but is there a general guide somewhere so I can get an approximation of what a professional can do? Out of the box it doesn't seem to be that good. I had a much smaller Samsung LN46D630 before that and that one seems to have better colors than the new one. Kinda bummed about that. hehe... If someone could give me some general settings which aren't perfect, but at least better than the status quo that would be awesome...

 

Thanks,

Doc

post #3462 of 3777
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Originally Posted by Docbartus View Post
 

Oh I see... I'm not videophile enough to hire someone to do it for me, but is there a general guide somewhere so I can get an approximation of what a professional can do? Out of the box it doesn't seem to be that good. I had a much smaller Samsung LN46D630 before that and that one seems to have better colors than the new one. Kinda bummed about that. hehe... If someone could give me some general settings which aren't perfect, but at least better than the status quo that would be awesome...

 

Thanks,

Doc

Without proper equipment just ignore and of the advanced settings as it would be guess work and may do more harm than good.  Stick with the basics:  brightness, contrast, color, tint, sharpness.  If you don't have a pattern disc to set those, start with the Cnet settings as those should be in the ballpark and tweak to your liking from there.

post #3463 of 3777
Doc,
Get the WOW Blu-ray or the DVE Blu-ray off of Amazon or borrow one from someone and you can calibrate it yourself in under an hour (incl. the time to watch the directions on what to do with each pattern). Well worth it!
Rudy
post #3464 of 3777
If you have Apple TV or an iPad/iPhone and HDMI adapter, you can also try the free THX tune-up app.
Edited by Anon314 - 2/4/14 at 2:23am
post #3465 of 3777
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Originally Posted by Internet2 View Post

Vizio tech support can help you some but that's just about it. You said you have a E601i refurbished TV for six months now and got it from Walmart. You do know I hope a refurbished unit only has a 90 day warranty..that's why you pay a low price for it besides it being repaired for some reason in past.

A recertified TV has a one year warranty like a brand new TV..but not a refurbished TV..

If you got an extended warranty with it good idea..but Vizio has nothing to do with that, have to deal with the warranty company.

Yes I am aware of these things. I did get a 4-year extended warranty from Walmart, so I may have to call them if the auto-on thing becomes more frequent.
post #3466 of 3777
Hi Guys

I've got a Vizio E601i-A3 and would like to purchase a Vizio soundbar.
I know I can use the optical out or HDMI/ARC, but can I use to TV remote to control the volume on the sound bar?

Is there any way to have the sound bar turn on and off automatically when it detects audio signal?

Pretty much, I want to use the TV remote for everything.

Thanks
post #3467 of 3777
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Originally Posted by harshdave View Post

Hi Guys

I've got a Vizio E601i-A3 and would like to purchase a Vizio soundbar.
I know I can use the optical out or HDMI/ARC, but can I use to TV remote to control the volume on the sound bar?

Is there any way to have the sound bar turn on and off automatically when it detects audio signal?

Pretty much, I want to use the TV remote for everything.

Thanks

100% you can control the soundbar with the tv remote, you cant have it turn on automatically to my knowledge though
post #3468 of 3777

Just discovered an issue with this. Last night while watching TV I set my backlight to 10 and set a sleep timer for 90 minutes. When I got up in the morning and turned the TV on, I wondered why the backlight wasn't still dim and found in the picture settings it was still set to 10 but looked like it was on a high setting. I tried adjusting the slider all the way to 100 and then to 0 and the backlight wouldn't adjust. I could switch from picture mode "Calibrated" and "Calibrated (Dark)" and see no change. I turned off auto brightness control and backlight control with no change. The only way to get the backlight adjustments working again was to unplug and power cycle the TV. I repeated the scenario with the sleep timer and it did it again. I did a reset to factory setting and I have the sleep timer going now to see if it still does it.. will report back

Also, as a side note, my TV seems to be running a newer firmware

 

Ok, reporting back, the problem still persists after resetting the TV to factory defaults. I have found however that I can resolve the issue after turning back on from a sleep timer shut off by simply powering off and back on again, and can avoid an entire power cycle. Still not too pleased with that solution however. I have contacted Vizio about this and expressed my concern over the next TV having the same issue and they said it is not a common occurence and I should swap for a different tv at the store. However I still have my doubts

 

Back with more info. Just tried to recreate the problem again with a few differences. This time I set the backlight to 20 and set the sleep timer. Also when powering the TV back on I used the remote instead of the side panel button. No problem with backlight control. Tried it again with backlight set at 8 and the problem occurred again.  Must be related to the backlight setting being too low?

 

Isolated the problem a little farther. Any time I turn the TV off with the backlight set to 15 or lower, the backlight will be set to default and will be un-adjustable the next time you turn the TV on. The only way to get it working again is to set the backlight to a higher number and turn off/on the tv, and it will resume as normal. So in a nutshell.. I can't turn my TV off if the backlight is set to 15 or lower (could be 16 also)


Edited by Adam Bomb - 1/31/14 at 4:27pm
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Just noticed a horizontal line about 12 inches up from the bottom of the screen. It starts on the left edge of the screen and kind of trails off a few inches before reaching the right edge.

Anyone else have this problem?

I only noticed it today, and I have had the tv since the original BF sale at Walmart for $688.

I think my model is WAN46, no other problems with picture until today.

I wonder if Vizio will do anything, hasn't it been too long for warranty replacement?

Thanks for any advice.


Update:

So a power cycle removed the line, I guess I jumped the gun.
Edited by GOMD - 2/1/14 at 10:00am
post #3470 of 3777
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Originally Posted by GOMD View Post

Just noticed a horizontal line about 12 inches up from the bottom of the screen. It starts on the left edge of the screen and kind of trails off a few inches before reaching the right edge.

Anyone else have this problem?

I only noticed it today, and I have had the tv since the original BF sale at Walmart for $688.

I think my model is WAN46, no other problems with picture until today.

I wonder if Vizio will do anything, hasn't it been too long for warranty replacement?

Thanks for any advice.

You said you got it on the original BF sale at $688..that is back in 2012 correct? Seems it is since your serial number is WAN46.

Your TV is still under factory warranty and you can get a brand new TV replacement for it..Your serial number falls in a special volunteer recall and you get a 'TWO YEAR' factory warranty for it not one year..I have a WAN 43 and it still works great from the day I brought it back in Nov.2012..I have about nine months left on my 2 year factory warranty still.

Call Vizio..they will give you a new TV with no questions asked if it is indeed a WAN46...of course you will need the receipt and send Vizio a copy.
Edited by Internet2 - 2/1/14 at 10:08am
post #3471 of 3777
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Originally Posted by Internet2 View Post

You said you got it on the original BF sale at $688..that is back in 2012 correct? Seems it is since your serial number is WAN46.

Your TV is still under factory warranty and you can get a brand new TV replacement for it..Your serial number falls in a special volunteer recall and you get a 'TWO YEAR' factory warranty for it not one year..I have a WAN 43 and it still works great from the day I brought it back in Nov.2012..I have about nine months left on my 2 year factory warranty still.

Call Vizio..they will give you a new TV with no questions asked if it is indeed a WAN46...of course you will need the receipt and send Vizio a copy.


A power cycle did fix the line issue.

I have called a few times about picture issues (not the black screen of death, but other things) and each time they were reluctant to replace my tv. Even though I am in the recall range, they have never offered a replacement.

Hopefully I do not run into a major issue before the 2 year extended warranty is over.

Thanks for the info
post #3472 of 3777

Picked up the E601i-A3 from Target on Thursday.  For the price and size, I'm not going to say it's a bad deal, but the set is definitely not without flaws.  First off, this is my second Vizio set, and this is the second time I've only been able to pull 7 HDTV channels (2 of which come and go) compared to the 11 channels I'm able to pull on both my Samsung plasma and Sony LCD.  So, evidently Vizio tuners are junk.  Secondly, the viewing angle instantly become washed out from about 30* and over.  Lastly, and this one is confusing me to no end, but Input Lag Database has this set rated at 31ms input lag.  I have not been able to achieve anywhere near this number.  By hooking up my laptop with HDMI out and running a high speed clock, I was able to capture the difference with my DSLR camera.  The difference varied from 100-120ms, no matter what features I turned on and off.  I can only attribute this to the panel not being a true native 120Hz.  Now what I find interesting is that there's the A3 and the A3E.  The box for mine states it is a A3, as well as the information menu, but if you look at the online manuals on Vizio's website, the one for the A3 shows features for picture adjustment that are simply not present on my set.  The menus that are available match the A3E.  So, are the true A3's long gone and now all the A3E's are being pushed as A3's since the only visible difference to consumers is the QWERTY remote?  In any case, gaming on this set is unbearable.  I know my method of testing isn't super accurate, but as a reference, my Samsung D450 51" plasma yields between 40-50ms.  So going in to this, I thought I would be upgrading.

 

The picture and color is very good though.  Very accurate after calibration, very smooth motion that you can tune down to eliminate SoE, and it displays 1080/24p source perfectly.  But for the viewing angle we watch this TV at, the fact that I game in this location, and the lack of a quality HDTV tuner has brought 3 strikes against it, so it will be going back to Target.  I'm going to try the LG 60PN5000 that is on sale at Wal-Mart for $600 ($500 in some markets, just not mine).  So, this set will save me $120 over this Vizio, and will put me back in a plasma that will hopefully be equivalent as my Samsung in the gaming department.

post #3473 of 3777
Bought a Vizio 2.1 sound last night. It sounds pretty good I don't like that my tv remote turns it on when I try to raise the volume on my TV with my cable box remote. Anyway around this?
post #3474 of 3777

Just returned mine to costco after Vizio assured me that my problem with the backlight was not a common occurrence, and the replacement does the exact same thing. Must be a software glitch on the new ones. Any time I set the backlight to 15 or lower, and power off the tv with the remote, the backlight will be un-adjustable when you turn it back on. The only way to get around it is to set the backlight higher, then power off and on again.

post #3475 of 3777
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Originally Posted by LincMercLover View Post

Picked up the E601i-A3 from Target on Thursday.  For the price and size, I'm not going to say it's a bad deal, but the set is definitely not without flaws.  First off, this is my second Vizio set, and this is the second time I've only been able to pull 7 HDTV channels (2 of which come and go) compared to the 11 channels I'm able to pull on both my Samsung plasma and Sony LCD.  So, evidently Vizio tuners are junk.  Secondly, the viewing angle instantly become washed out from about 30* and over.  Lastly, and this one is confusing me to no end, but Input Lag Database has this set rated at 31ms input lag.  I have not been able to achieve anywhere near this number.  By hooking up my laptop with HDMI out and running a high speed clock, I was able to capture the difference with my DSLR camera.  The difference varied from 100-120ms, no matter what features I turned on and off.  I can only attribute this to the panel not being a true native 120Hz.  Now what I find interesting is that there's the A3 and the A3E.  The box for mine states it is a A3, as well as the information menu, but if you look at the online manuals on Vizio's website, the one for the A3 shows features for picture adjustment that are simply not present on my set.  The menus that are available match the A3E.  So, are the true A3's long gone and now all the A3E's are being pushed as A3's since the only visible difference to consumers is the QWERTY remote?  In any case, gaming on this set is unbearable.  I know my method of testing isn't super accurate, but as a reference, my Samsung D450 51" plasma yields between 40-50ms.  So going in to this, I thought I would be upgrading.

The picture and color is very good though.  Very accurate after calibration, very smooth motion that you can tune down to eliminate SoE, and it displays 1080/24p source perfectly.  But for the viewing angle we watch this TV at, the fact that I game in this location, and the lack of a quality HDTV tuner has brought 3 strikes against it, so it will be going back to Target.  I'm going to try the LG 60PN5000 that is on sale at Wal-Mart for $600 ($500 in some markets, just not mine).  So, this set will save me $120 over this Vizio, and will put me back in a plasma that will hopefully be equivalent as my Samsung in the gaming department.
Did you test the lag in game mode? I don't see any lag when gaming.
As far as a tuner goes I'm on the fringes and have tried many tuners and the vizio I find is pretty good. I can get all but one channel.
post #3476 of 3777
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Originally Posted by archer75 View Post

Did you test the lag in game mode? I don't see any lag when gaming.
As far as a tuner goes I'm on the fringes and have tried many tuners and the vizio I find is pretty good. I can get all but one channel.

Yes, under menu>picture>picture mode is set to game, and under more>advanced picture I have all the features turned to off except for film mode is set to auto so I can achieve 24p when I watch blurays on my XBox One. Even when hooking up my laptop to HDMI, you can visually see the lag as you move the mouse around. There has to be a difference in the model since it's launch.
post #3477 of 3777
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Originally Posted by LincMercLover View Post

Now what I find interesting is that there's the A3 and the A3E.  The box for mine states it is a A3, as well as the information menu, but if you look at the online manuals on Vizio's website, the one for the A3 shows features for picture adjustment that are simply not present on my set.  The menus that are available match the A3E.  So, are the true A3's long gone and now all the A3E's are being pushed as A3's since the only visible difference to consumers is the QWERTY remote?

In 2014, Vizio started releasing A3 models with updated features and new firmware. It appears you got a 2013 A3 model, which seem to be the same as the A3E models (originally released in connection with BF sales). If you want the updated features and firmware, which include updated GUI, updated picture presets, professional settings with a color tuner, 11-point white balance, and test patterns, and Vizio Internet Apps Plus, you may have to take it back and exchange it. Tell them you want the 2014 A3 model, which will be identified with a "Q" in the S/N. There has been a lot of discussion about this in the E701i Owner's Thread, and no one is entirely certain as to whether Vizio is going to roll the new features out in an update for the 2013 A3 and/or A3E models.
Edited by Anon314 - 2/4/14 at 2:26am
post #3478 of 3777
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Originally Posted by Adam Bomb View Post

Just returned mine to costco after Vizio assured me that my problem with the backlight was not a common occurrence, and the replacement does the exact same thing. Must be a software glitch on the new ones. Any time I set the backlight to 15 or lower, and power off the tv with the remote, the backlight will be un-adjustable when you turn it back on. The only way to get around it is to set the backlight higher, then power off and on again.

I'm not trying to defend a bug in the software but how often are you changing the backlight settings in day to day use that this is a problem? I set mine during the initial calibration and haven't touched it since and likely won't ever again.
post #3479 of 3777
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Originally Posted by crucial View Post


I'm not trying to defend a bug in the software but how often are you changing the backlight settings in day to day use that this is a problem? I set mine during the initial calibration and haven't touched it since and likely won't ever again.


I turn the backlight down at night because it doesn't need to be very high when the room is pitch black, so yeah, having to power cycle every time the next day is a big issue.. and should be to anybody

post #3480 of 3777
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Originally Posted by Adam Bomb View Post


I turn the backlight down at night because it doesn't need to be very high when the room is pitch black, so yeah, having to power cycle every time the next day is a big issue.. and should be to anybody

Just turn back light down to 16 and problem solved :-)
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