“Let our rigorous testing and reviews be your guidelines to A/V equipment – not marketing slogans”
Facebook Youtube Twitter instagram pinterest

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
  • Buy Now
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

Pros

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

Cons

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

Introduction

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.
About the author:
author portrait

Clint Deboer was terminated from Audioholics for misconduct on April 4th, 2014. He no longer represents Audioholics in any fashion.

View full profile

Confused about what AV Gear to buy or how to set it up? Join our Exclusive Audioholics E-Book Membership Program!

Recent Forum Posts: