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Vizio SV471XVT 47-inch LCD TV Review

by September 25, 2009
Vizio SV471XVT 47-inch LCD

Vizio SV471XVT 47-inch LCD

  • Product Name: SV471XVT 47-inch LCD
  • Manufacturer: Vizio
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: September 25, 2009 09:05
  • MSRP: $ 1499
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Integrated ATSC/QAM HDTV Tuner
Native Panel Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Supported PC Resolutions: 1920 x 1080, 1366 x 768, 1024 x 768, 800 x 600
Supported resolutions: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p

Panel Type: 47" Diagonal, Color TFT Active Matrix LCD
Anti-Static and hard coated surface
Response Time: 4 ms (typical)
Colors: 1.06 Billion
Brightness: 500 cd/m2 (typical)
Contrast Ratio: 50,000:1 (w/DCR)
Viewable Angle: <178 degrees (horizontal and vertical)

Inputs
RF: 1
HDMI with HDCP: 4 (1 side)
Analog Stereo Audio for HDMI Inputs: 1
Component YPbPr plus Stereo Audio: 2 (1 side)
Composite Video: 2 (1 side)
S-Video plus Stereo Audio: 1
Computer RGB (HD15) plus Stereo Audio: 1
USB: 1 (side)

Outputs
Analog Audio out (RCA): 1
5.1 SPDIF Digital Optical Audio: 1
Additional Information
Picture-in-Picture (PIP); Picture-outside-Picture (POP)
Closed Caption (CC)
V-Chip
3D Comb Filter
Zoom
Freeze
3:2 or 2:2 Reverse Pull-down
ATSC with 8VSB & QAM demodulation & MPEG-2 decoding
SRS TruSurround XT
Color Temperature: 6500K (standard),  9300K, and 11000K
Color Fine Tuning: Independent Red, Green and Blue (no gain/bias)
Audio: Built-in 15W x 2
Panel Life: 50,000 hours
Power: Removable IEC Connector
Voltage Range100 ~ 240 Vac at 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption: 176W average, <1W standby
Removable Base

Vizio One Year Parts & Labor Warranty
Free Lifetime Technical Support
Free On-Site Repair on VIZIO Televisions 30" and above
Zero Bright Pixel Defects Guaranteed

Weight
Gross: 63.7 lbs
Net: 49.3 lbs (44.1 lbs without stand)

Dimensions
43.9" W x 29.7" H x 10" D (with stand)
43.9" W x 28.1" H x 4.1" D (without stand)

Pros

  • Excellent color reproduction
  • Universal learning remote
  • Great value for picture quality
  • Energy Star 3.0

Cons

  • 240Hz mode is unpolished
  • Remote lacks discrete inputs
  • Only 1 component video input on rear of set

Introduction

I love progress and Vizio seems to be making it in strides as it seeks to bring value-minded products to consumers with ever-increasing features and capabilities that help it stand out amongst a sea of products. Their latest 47-inch LCD, the SV471XVT, is packed with a 240Hz SPS system with Smooth Motion, a revised LCD panel and a power supply that exceeds Energy Star 3.0 guidelines. Priced at only $1499 ($200 less than where the prior model debuted) this is a television force to be reckoned with.
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Recent Forum Posts:

AccessGuy posts on October 04, 2009 19:53
Vizio LCD TV's slightly above average in reliability according to CU

Flat panel TVs (Percentage needing repairs between 2005 and 2008) based on a sample size of 168,000 reports: (I was surprised at the Sanyo figure, but actually I have a 32" Sanyo in the guest bedroom I bought in 2005 and it's still fine, though the picture quality is certainly not nearly as good as Samsung, Sony, or Vizio)

Sanyo 1
Sony 2
Sylvania 2
Panasonic 2
JVC 2
Sharp 2

Toshiba 3
Vizio 3
Samsung 3
Philips Magnavox 3

Olevia 4
LG 4
Hitachi 4

Westinghouse 5
Polaroid 6
Mitsubishi 7
3db posts on September 29, 2009 06:56
mnnc, post: 629125
I am certain that Vizio are not the only company with less than desirable customer service as you clearly mention. “First rate”…concerning what specifically? In support of my “claim” there are several forums dedicated to Vizio products, their failure, and the companies reluctance to do much or anything to remedy issues with their products. In fact, most issues have been resolved not by Vizio but by the customer returning product to store where unit was purchased and getting a refund or exchange. This did not always go so well and management had to become involved with some owners. I own an earlier plasma that is known to be a lemmon…blowing up literally left and right that Vizio are very aware of and have not acted upon the situation.

Lets hope that Vizio keeps on improving their customer service as they are at least native to North America even though they buy their panels from other manufaturers such as LG. BTW, thanks for chiming in with your response. I still would have to pay an additional $500 more for the same resolution and screen size here in Canada.
mnnc posts on September 28, 2009 18:04
3db, post: 628923
This is the 2nd time you slammed Vizio's customer service and without proof. Anty up or be still. My a/v sales guy dropped selling Samsung becuase of their poor customer support. I've read many threads were Vizio's customer support was first rate.

I am certain that Vizio are not the only company with less than desirable customer service as you clearly mention. “First rate”…concerning what specifically? In support of my “claim” there are several forums dedicated to Vizio products, their failure, and the companies reluctance to do much or anything to remedy issues with their products. In fact, most issues have been resolved not by Vizio but by the customer returning product to store where unit was purchased and getting a refund or exchange. This did not always go so well and management had to become involved with some owners. I own an earlier plasma that is known to be a lemmon…blowing up literally left and right that Vizio are very aware of and have not acted upon the situation.
3db posts on September 28, 2009 12:06
bandphan, post: 628955
This is what some people equate to poor customer service, not saying that the reseller might provide better.. From Vizo

”Service Labor
During the one (1) year warranty period, VIZIO will provide, when needed, service labor to repair a manufacturing defect at its designated service center. To obtain warranty service in the United States, you must first contact VIZIO Technical Support via email at [email protected] or via phone at (949) 428-2525. The determination of service will be made by VIZIO. PLEASE DO NOT RETURN YOUR UNIT TO VIZIO WITHOUT PRIOR AUTHORIZATION.

Service
During the one (1) year warranty period, VIZIO will, at its option and sole discretion, repair or replace defective parts, which may be new or remanufactured, including replacement of the entire unit. The Customer will be required to ship the product to the service center indicated by VIZIO when the return authorization is provided. The Customer is responsible for all transportation charges to the service center. VIZIO is not responsible for the de-installation or re-installation of the product.

Packaging and Shipping Instruction
When shipping the product to an authorized VIZIO service facility, the original carton box and packing material, or an equivalent as designated by VIZIO, must be utilized.”

According to Vizio, all TVs 37” and larger must go by truck to California. Fed Ex Ground from NY to Vizio in Irvine, CA is $88.95 for its 42” LCD TV and $108.95 for its 50” plasma. You threw out the TVs packing carton? If you are in the warranty period, it’s no problem, Vizio will ship you a new cardboard box at no charge (according to its CS rep).

If the Vizio flat screen breaks after the one-year warranty expires is where it gets expensive. The prices are shocking.

For any Vizio 42” LCD, the carton and packing material with shipping is $300. Its out of warranty service is at a “Flat Rate” of $300 parts + $140 labor. Outbound shipping (FED EX ground) to Vizio cost $89. For return freight, Vizio charges $250 bringing the total cost of an out of warranty repair cost a staggering $1079. The current cost of a new Visio 42” LCD at Circuit City is $1099. Think of it, twenty bucks more and you get a brand new disposable TV with a new one-year warranty. What a deal!

An update to the shipping;

“Service
During the one (1) year warranty period, VIZIO will, at its option and sole discretion, repair or replace defective parts, which may be new or remanufactured, including replacement of the entire unit. Please note that it may be determined that the unit cannot be repaired and must be replaced. In this case, the Customer may be required to ship the product to the service center indicated by VIZIO when the return authorization is provided. For displays forty-two inches (42?) and larger, VIZIO will cover the transportation charges to replace the unit. For displays under forty-two inches (42?), the Customer is responsible for transportation charges to the service center. VIZIO will be responsible for the return transportation charges from the service center to the Customer. VIZIO is not responsible for the de-installation or re-installation of the product.”

according to http://hdguru.com/?p=108
Clint DeBoer posts on September 28, 2009 10:58
I think it's clear that the only people who should contemplate fixing TVs are those with electronics knowledge, and access to service manuals and parts. For the rest of us, they are disposable and we certainly hope they last at least 5 years.
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