Originally Posted by coolcoach2u
Originally Posted by royy
The darker pictures lack detail compared to all the big name brand LCDs, but at the price one can not complain. Sure, the Sony and Sharp LCDs look better, but they cost a heck of a lot more. I work at Costco in the TV department and mess around with these TVs all the time and have yet been able to get the off brand TVs to get detail in the darker areas without a loss of color and a graying of the blacks. I do think the TV is very sharp and it looks great on brighter content. It is a great value buy, but not really comparable to the top rated LCDs.
I think Roy is right on the money from what I just saw at my local Costco. They had the Pirates of the Caribbean, Batman Begins, and Superman Preview Loops playing, all were the dark scenes, so it was great to judge the detail of black levels. The Sharp LCD was noticeably better with the black levels than the Vizio 42" LCD, the Sony 40" Bravia was slightly better, but the Vizio was still very watch-able, and I am sure could be better when tweaked. At the price point that it is being sold, this is one GREAT buy!
The Vizio Plasma at 50", which is a few bills higher than the 42" Vizio LCD was on the other side, so it was tough to do a direct comparison. The LCD's are without a doubt more vivid than any Plasma, including the Panny. Where the Plasmas might have an edge is in the black levels, but the Sharp 45" is right on par, with the Sony next, then the Vizio 42" LCD. But, none can match the Vizio 42" LCD price point.
First post. To save you the reading, I completely agree with two comments quoted above. I literally spent the last two days at Costco, looking at L42. I very much liked it at first, bright picture, no noticeable pixelization, the color banding is present in gradient colors, but not much worse than on Sharp. Still, even considering the larger than twice price difference comparing to 45'' Sharp I decided to stay away from the purchase. Of course I could get a rain check, try the unit in privacy of my home and then return it, but I hate returning things. Vizio and Sharp were standing beside each other so I could compare the picture. I am not sure that inferior Vizio PQ can be fixed with picture settings, considering that its whites were brighter than on Sharp but the black lacked details. Ok you might think that the picture is too bright with too high contrast setting. Not really because mid-colored picture did not looked having too much contrast, instead it looked "washed" like having lower contrast. It was the weird feeling, seeing the really bright whites on the ads and promos, washed low-contrast picture on midtones and no black details on darks. I don't think this can be fixed by playing with settings.
I don't want even to get started with angle view, Vizio PQ degrades very fast with angle increase, but Sharp stays pretty good, almost as good as watching it straight on. This is a real indicator of panel quality and panel price. Vizio's panel is obviously cheaper. Duh, they cannot sell it for twice cheaper just by saving on advertising.
The Sharp is sooooo much better. Of course everyone decides for themselves the level of quality they want to live with and the price point, but for me the $1500 price difference does not make Vizio worth considering. Well, after I saw the Sharp. I very much might have been bought the Vizio if Sharp unit wasn't there
I've read in this thread that Vizio will launch 46" unit later this year. Well, I will have to compare 45" Sharp and 46" Vizio again, maybe at that time the larger size and hopefully the lower price will be good enough reasons to get Vizio. Again, could get L42 today and then upgrade it to newer model, but I just don't feel like returning things.
P.S. I don't care about sound quality, having speakers removable is a nice feature.