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Vizio VF551XVT LED LCD Television Review

by March 19, 2010
Vizio VF551XVT LED Backlit Television

Vizio VF551XVT LED Backlit Television

  • Product Name: VF551XVT 55-inch LED LCD Display
  • Manufacturer: Vizio
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Review Date: March 19, 2010 09:00
  • MSRP: $ 2100
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Resolution: 1920x1080 pixels, 55"
Tuner:ATSC/Clear QAM Tuner
Signal Compatibility: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Colors: 1.07 Billion
Computer Support:     640 x 480, 800 x 600, 1024 x 768, 1920 x 1080 via VGA and HDMI
Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 2,000,000:1 (dynamic)
Brightness: 500 cd/m2 (typical)
Response Time: 5ms
Viewable Angle: 178 degrees
SRS TruSurround HD, TruVolume
Inputs: 5 x HDMI, 2 x component (YCbCr), 2 x composite, S-video, HD15/VGA, USB, RF (cable/antenna)
Outputs: SPDIF Digital Optical, stereo audio
Refresh Rate: 240Hz SPS (120Hz processing plus 120Hz flicker reduction)
Smooth Motion: Yes
LED:     Direct Type LED Backlight w/ Smart Dimming - 960 LEDs (80 control blocks)
Picture-in-Picture (PIP), Picture-outside-Picture (POP)
Zero Bright Pixel Defect Guarantee: Yes
V-Chip: Yes
3D Comb Filter: Yes
3:2 or 2:2 Reverse Pull-down: Yes
ATSC with 8VSB & QAM demodulation: Yes
ATSC with MPEG-2 decoding: Yes
Color Temperature: 6500K, 5400K, 9300K
Speakers: Built-in 15W x 2 Speakers
LCD Panel Life: 40,000 hours
Voltage Range: 100~240 Vac at 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption: 154W average, 0.37W standby
Remote: VIZIO Remote Control - VUR8M
Weight (w/ stand):     90.25 lbs
Weight: 77.96 lbs
Dimensions (w/ stand): 51.5"W x 35.9"H x 13.5"D
Dimensions (w/o stand): 51.5"W x 34"H x 5"D


  • Deep blacks
  • Effective remote control
  • Great value
  • 240Hz mode is improving


  • Limited user calibration options
  • Remote lacks discrete inputs
  • Only 1 component video input on rear of set


I'm a big fan of LED TVs when they are done right – and Vizio seems to really be getting the hang of this new technology. Their latest heavy hitter, the VF551XVT, has a very consistent brightness uniformity – something that is lacking in many of the new LCD-backlit displays. It also reproduces blacks with an uncanny darkness that all but mimics the drool-inspiring qualities of much-heralded plasma displays. For just over $2000, this television is well above average in its value and something that will bring years of quality enjoyment to many homes.
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