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  • Customer Rating Non-expert review (just being honest with you!), 2011-04-30
    This review is from: VIZIO E3D420VX 42
    I have to tell you that I’m not an audio/visual expert. I wear glasses (if that makes any difference) and am prone to headaches (which is relevant to 3D material).

    So far I only have 3 3D Blu Ray movies (Tangled, Tron Legacy, and Piranha) and have only rented one other (Bolt) so my expertise on this TV is fairly limited. With that said, I’ve over-all been extremely pleased with the 3D output of this TV. Keep in mind, this TV doesn’t require active-shutter glasses (and I’m not even sure if those kinds of glasses will even work with it). It uses basically the same glasses that you get from seeing a movie in “Real-D” at the theater–hence the name of this “Theater 3D” TV. In fact, I saved a couple pairs of the 3D glasses I got from seeing 3D movies in the theater and they work with this TV as well–which is nice, because I can have friends over to watch the 3D movies without having to shell out a ton of cash just for the glasses.

    Be warned though, the 3D experience won’t necessarily always be good–that depends on the source material, not on the TV itself. For instance, the 3D of Piranha, and the 3D from Time Warner On Demand, made me feel kind of woozy. Time Warner uses (at least on the free 3D shows it has available, that I’ve watched) the top/bottom 3D approach and that makes me feel horrible. Hopefully that gets phased out and only the side/side approach gets used. Piranha looked decent at times but I’m afraid it uses the t/b approach and it made me feel crummy too.

    Still, with the right source material–like Tangled and Tron Legacy, as well as Bolt and I’m sure many others–the 3D can and does look stunning. It may not be “Full HD” (based on other reviews I’ve read) but I can’t really tell. Sitting 8 feet back, the 3D looks like Full HD to me and the 3D looks awesome. In fact, my dad–who hates seeing 3D movies because it always makes him feel sick, and who says 3D looks poor anyway–was actually very into Tangled 3D at home. He said, with a bit of surprise and even a little smile, “it actually looks a lot better than in the theater.”

    The video quality… I shouldn’t really have to say it, but it’s great. One of the first things I watched when I got this thing home last weekend was an NBA game and it was SO much better on this TV than my previous (a 32″ Samsung 720p). I nearly felt like I was at the court. It could be clearer, and I still noticed some “blocks” (don’t know the technical terms) when there was a lot of fast action, but those moments were few and far between. I only noticed them when I got up close and wanted to see them. Sitting back, you couldn’t tell.

    Besides the 3D, there are other things that make this TV well worth it. First is the Vizio Internet Apps aka VIA. I love having Netflix, Hulu and Amazon VOD right on my TV, without having to switch to another component. You have the VIA button–as well as Netflix, Vudu and Amazon VOD buttons–right on the double-sided remote control. Besides those video services, you can also download Vizio apps such as NBA Game Time (which hopefully, next year, will have League Pass), Showtime, weather, eBay, Facebook, Pandora, a lot of different local news apps, games, Twitter, etc. They all seem to work well, although the Netflix app would be better off if updated (to resemble the current PS3 Netflix app).

    Second is the remote control which, although not perfect by a long shot, is really cool. For one it’s fairly small and thus easy to use. One major plus is, as I mentioned before, the back side which sports a QWERTY keyboard. Unfortunately (maybe) the buttons are not extremely easy to use. I expect the typical buttons to require a bit of force–to prevent hitting buttons that you didn’t mean to–but the whole point of a QWERTY is to be able to type faster. Well, the fact that you have to really push the buttons slows you down. Of course the problem here is that if they were easier to push, you’d be pushing them all the time while gripping the remote. Maybe Vizio could redo the remote to have a slide or flip cover for the back?

    Anyhow, I love the TV and have no regrets buying it. The only problem I have is not having under-$100 access to some of the more popular 3D movies. Bugger.

  • Customer Rating Awesome 3D TV for the Price .., 2011-04-15
    This review is from: VIZIO E3D420VX 42
    I had been researching 3D TVs for over a year before I bought this TV. Plasma had my vote as lack of deep black levels were something that were very noticeable for me on my last two televisions. I had been interested in Panasonic GT25 series for a while but the cost of active shutter glasses and up-keep (battery, wear and tear etc.) was prohibitive (this being a 2nd TV in the bedroom).

    The first I had heard about FPR passive glasses based devices was about a year ago. They were said to be the next best thing but being a geek who has been burned before I was initially skeptical that the 3D effect would be very good. I was certain there will be sacrifices in image quality for 2D however I was actually very surprised by the image quality (both 2D and 3D) on this television. The device simply can not be beat in terms of image quality and features at this low price (Similarly capable LG TVs (albeit with 240 Hz and some extra bells and whistles) cost more than twice as much).

    I have had an HDTV (this being my 3rd) for the past 5 years and this TV has the best image quality and features and costs the least.


    – Even though this is an LCD panel the blacks levels are actually pretty good.
    – PS3 and XBOX360 on HDMI look fantastic and there are several modes available to tweak color temp and/or brightness hue contrast levels.
    – 3D effect looks amazing with both games and movies. I have had the TV for only a day so I have not had a chance to watch a full length 3D movie yet. 3D games I tried include wipeout HD which looks amazing. I had tried this game previously on a 3D Sony TV before and this one looks just as good while costing one 3rd.
    – Lots of options are available for different settings e.g. Zoom has 4 settings (normal, wide, zoom, panoramic)
    – Internet apps are available for flickr, facebook, NEtflix, VUDU, Amazon video on demand, Blockbuster and lots of news station. Not needing to power up my PS3 (for netflix) or my PC (for amazon video on demand) mean power savings :).
    – Qwerty keyboard on the remote makes using these internet apps a breeze.
    – The TV has wifi n and ethernet both which makes it very flexible. It has 3 HDMI ports and 1 component and 1 VGA port.
    – It has capability to play songs and display pictures a usb disk (has 2-3 usb ports, I tried connecting my western digital passport and it worked great)but no movies. Pictures app has a lot of different transitions that make the slideshow and normal photo viewing great.
    – The passive glasses are much lighter and more comfortable than active shutter glasses I had tried before. I wear glasses so I have to wear these on top of my existing ones and they have been much easier to handle than other glasses. I believe one can get clip-on type attachments (generic variety not from Vizio) for prescription glasses as well.


    – None that I can think of. The TV has surpassed my expectations for its price. To nitpick it is not 240HZ, or LED backlit, does not support PIP or POP. There are less options available compared to TVs that cost more than twice as much.
    – After a couple of weeks of use I can definitely say that the TV is a little slow to start compared to my older HDTV, granted this one has internet apps (implying an embedded processor with an OS that needs to boot) but it is a noticeable difference. Since, this feature was not something I could test with other floor models, this could just be the norm for internet enabled TVs.

    UPDATE APRIL 16th 2011:

    – Confirmed that movie playback from usb disks is not supported as mentioned in the manual.
    – I had a chance to watch some more 3D content (Tangled 3D, Super stardust HD, mortal Kombat 3D demo, KillZone 3 3D demo) and played around with some internet apps like Vudu and netflix and all looked great. I have not tried the wifi n link as I have it connected via wired ethernet. Vudu has a test festure built-in that tells you what format (SD, 720P, 1080P would be most suitable as they are priced differently. There are not a lot of choices though and the prices are pretty high (4.99 – 6.99 for 720p to 1080p rentals) but they are sometimes better than Sony Playstation Network especially for 3D movies.

    UPDATE APRIL 25th 2011:

    – Added more information and my thoughts after a couple of weeks of use.
    – I also tried IZ3D with every setting but could not get 3D (for PC)to work over HDMI. Maybe it will work over RGB but for my setup HDMI looks and works better so that is not an option I was going to try.
    – I would also like to add that sound quality is actually decent on this device, depending on the source of the original material sound is clear. I was going to buy a sound bar for this TV (since it is in my bedroom) but i guess i can wait until the next version comes out in July instead of buying last years model.

  • J. Rocke says:

    Customer Rating Excellent Value 3D TV with plenty of features!, 2011-06-04
    This review is from: VIZIO E3D420VX 42
    I’ve had this TV for almost 2 weeks and I am very pleased with it. Keep in mind I rated this TV based on value not on picture quality. The 3d picture is stunning and works very well, the passive display does mean it cuts down the resolution while in 3d mode, but given it’s flicker free and very inexpensive that’s not a big deal breaker. The glasses are lightweight, battery-less, and inexpensive. Those wanting to buy must understand that this is and economy TV, meaning that its primary focus is value for your buck, It won’t rival the picture quality of the new 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio led TVs. Being under $700 puts it at a price that with its specifications and features rival similar 2d CCFL LCD TVs. It does lack 2d to 3d like sets that cost at least twice as much. Overall I think this is a tremendous value, especially for those buying a TV anyway, you get a good 2d TV with the option of using 3d.

    -Under $700!
    -3d is great, no flickering or having expensive glasses to charge or break, you can use Real-D glasses you get free at the movies.
    -Great with ps3 for playing 3d blu-ray movies, 3d MPO picture viewing(works with 3ds pictures), and gaming(3d adds a lot more to gaming than it does movies).
    -Wifi and apps- Surprised Vizio include both wifi and apps at this price. Pandora, Netflix, Amazon Video, and much more are available.
    -Full function remote- Not only has tv functions and a qwerty keyboard, but also supports CEC for controlling hdmi devices(ps3 control works great for bluray playback and menu navigation).
    -Ample amount of settings to change- Changing the picture to your liking is easy, also has a game setting to ensure you get lag free play when gaming.

    -3d up and down viewing angle is limited and slight cross talk when a very bright color overlaps a a very dark background.
    -3d resolution is cut in half. In order to work with the lightweight polarized glasses every other horizontal line of pixels is polarized differently. This means in 3d mode each eye gets a 1920 x 540 resolution image, when displaying full HD 3d most won’t be able to tell much of a difference. This is also not a big deal for this reason, 3d Blurays are the only content I know of that output full 1080p 3d at this time. The PS3, due to processing limitations, cuts games down to 720p when in 3d, current internet and cable streaming send half of full 3d by squeezing 2 images into one 2d hd stream.
    -Lacks backlight uniformity of leds/plasma, Uses CCFLs which causes a slight brightness banding effect that is noticeable on solid and panning backgrounds. I’m not overly picky, but a perfectionist will likely want another set.
    -No 2d to 3d conversion.
    -Sound does lack richness and bass of a external system, does fine for my small room but those with a big room may want to invest in a sound system.

    I gave it a 5 out of 5 not because it produces a perfect picture, but because it is a great value and meets all my expectations. It has the potential to be the best selling 3d TV this year. Keep in mind while 3d is the main reason people will by this, 3d is just an extra feature not a mandate and it is still a good 2d TV to buy in case you want 3d in the future. Back to 3d Gran Turismo 5!!

    Feel free to post a comment or question…

  • C. Ramos says:

    Customer Rating Fantastic Deal On A 3D TV!, 2011-05-03
    This review is from: VIZIO E3D420VX 42
    Earlier I gave this TV a negative review for 2 reasons:

    1. 3D would not work with my Playstation 3 and Killzone 3.

    2. Games had noticeable lag during gameplay.

    After some tinkering around, I resolved both problems.

    The problem I had with 3D is that since this TV is fairly new it REQUIRES 1.4 HDMI cables to enable 3D content to work. So if you plan to use it with an older HDMI cord, think twice. Online forums may tell you otherwise, but take it from someone who’s experienced severe frustration from the issue, YOU NEED 1.4 HDMI CABLES FOR 3D.

    The problem with gaming lag is because of the default settings on the TV. You have to go into settings and enable “gaming mode”. Until you change this setting on the TV, CoD and other fast paced action games are virtually unplayable due to input lag.

    After those problems are dealt with then it’s smooth sailing for gamers and movie enthusiasts alike. It’s a great value for a TV with these features and it really does perform. Only other gripe is that the main speakers are very underwhelming. Which is only a problem if you don’t have a speaker system.

    As of right now this TV is not available on Amazon, so I’d advise anyone looking to purchase it to go to their nearest Walmart and pick it up. You can’t go wrong with a deal this good!

    UPDATE 05/14/11:
    Did some more research and found out that game systems can output 3D with 1.3 HDMI cables since they were created before the induction of the 1.4 standard. 3D Blu-Ray Players on the other hand have emerged much more recently and therefore are only compliant with the 1.4 standard. Hope this helps.

  • Hailey says:

    Customer Rating Crystal clear 3d at an exceptional value, 2011-04-04
    This review is from: VIZIO E3D420VX 42
    I was impressed with how well this TV produced flawless 3D effects without any ghosting at all. 3D Blu-ray movies appear brighter and even more rich in color through the polarized glasses. As opposed to some of the active shutter glasses I have tried out, the lightweight polarized glasses are less strenous on both the eyes and the nose they rest on. The TV also works well with the PS3 and generates an immersive 3d gaming enviroment. While I was easily able to link my computer to it through the hdmi port to play my downloaded 3d content, I was a little dissapointed that I could not access 3d controls while trying it on the RGB port. I also could not find a way to make it work with nvidia’s 3d vision. However, I am hopeful that Nvidia will provide support for this TV in a future driver release. The TV can normally autodetect 3D content but when it doesn’t you can push the 3D button on the remote for easy access to the SBS, TB, or Sensio 3d settings. The wireless setup was very quick and easy and involved no more then picking out my network and typing in my password. I also really like the one touch buttons for VOD, Netflix, And Vudu. The full QWERTY keyboard on the reverse side of the remote allows for painless browsing of online movies and TV shows. In conclusion, for the features, screen size, quality and price of this TV set, it’s a fantastic bargain and I fully endorse it.IMPORTANT NOTE — When using the TV for gaming, make sure film mode is off or you will experience massive input lag.Update: after a bit of tinkering I have found that the TV works flawlessly with IZ3D drivers on the interleaved setting, you don’t even have to put the tv in 3d mode for it to work and it produces some truly amazing pc 3d gaming immersion. Don’t even bother with nvidia 3d vision its a dead end on this tv, the IZ3D software works with both ati and nvidia cards.Update 2: This TV is now listed on the Nvidia 3dtv play site as supported through the Beta 285.38 drivers. I bought the $40 program but the tv does not seem to detect the 3d signal from my nvidia gtx 285 card. I have both posted on the nvidia forums and sent a support email. I shall update again with the results.

  • redchord11 says:

    Customer Rating 3D value and quality currently unmatched, 2011-05-06
    This review is from: VIZIO E3D420VX 42
    I just got this and have been testing it out all morning/afternoon. 2D picture looks incredibly sharp. This set is connected to my PC. 3D content looks just as good if not better than the active 3D sets. Very minimal ghosting. The only other 3D TV I can compare this to is the Samsung 9000 Series, which had a lot of ghosting.

    It really comes down to how affordable this TV is. I wanted 3D but didn’t want to spend a lot on it. The overall build quality is nice for this range. It’s not paper thin and as sleek looking as the 9000 series, but again keep that price in mind.

    I love that you can use the “Real 3D” glasses from the theater with these passive sets. Actually, they seemed to give me better vision than the 2 pairs that were included with the TV. As one other review mentioned on here, some 3D looks better than others. This really does have all to do with the source material. I have been going between a few of the latest 3D animated movies (which definitely look the best) and some IMAX movies from a few years ago. There is a noticeable difference in depth.

    There’s other features and settings I have yet to delve into- but so far so good.

    Very happy with my purchase.

  • Customer Rating What a lot of fun crammed into such a low price!, 2011-07-21
    This review is from: VIZIO E3D420VX 42
    I was so sure this TV wasn’t going to be great. I was compromising on price and just didn’t feel good about it. I’m a die hard Samsung and Sony fan, and I’m used to getting more because I paid more.

    But this TV has blown me away. The image really is sharp and vivid. The 3D is impressive and immerses you. It’s especially a big deal for the games. I have this game, Gran Turismo 5, which while imperfect does have very pretty cars and high speed racing in 3D. When I’m in 3D, in that cockpit of my Ferrari, and I spin off the track, and the 3D display shows a wall rushing towards me, or another car… it’s actually pretty scary. The sense of speed is there.

    This TV is the perfect size for theater without being obnoxious in a medium sized room. It’s worked without any problems. The menus are easy to tinker with. The audio is nothing better than any other TV… but I hooked it up to surround sound and I’m delighted.

    This is a serious upgrade over my 3 year old LCD TV, but it costs about 1/5th!

    The apps provide a lot more functionality than you’d expect, too. This really is the best choice in a TV you can get right now. Sure, it’s not quite as good as the very best in contrast, but I think it’s excellent.

  • Kevin says:

    Customer Rating Great TV. Fantastic 3D. Phenomenal Value!, 2011-08-24
    This review is from: VIZIO E3D420VX 42
    I purchased this TV after buying a Samsung UN46D6400 LED TV and returning it to Samsung for a refund — Samsung was great to work with, by the way, and I would buy from them again only because they acted honorably in the spirit of customer satisfaction. That being said, having bought the Samsung for $1,300, I felt somewhat like I’d been “ripped off.” Sure, the TV’s contrast ratio was through the roof, and the image quality overall was bar none, but I believe the contrast ratio, in addition to the high-gloss coating Samsung applies to its screens, exacerbate any screen uniformity issues, and the unit I had suffered from HORRIBLE clouding and “flashlighting.” Furthermore, though it was a 3D-ready TV, it included no glasses (which are pricey), and accessing any internet apps would have required the purchase of an external wifi dongle, an additional $80 or so. In short, I would have had to spend about $1,500 to use the Samsung’s 3D and internet features, and I still would have been stuck with a TV marred by poor backlight uniformity.

    For the Vizio E3D420VX, I spent a total of $668, and while this TV is 42″, versus the Samsung’s 46 inches, it includes two pairs of 3D glasses and has 802.11n built in. I set it up, connected my PS3 via HDMI, and breezed through the setup procedure. It picked up my wireless network quickly, and I was immediately able to access Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, and all of the other available online content. My PS3 looks fantastic, but the icing on the cake is the 3D. It’s not just $668 good. It’s very, very good, period. I’ve played a few game demos and viewed some of the free 3D content available on PSN, and so far, I’m really impressed with what I’ve seen (and having been partially responsible for the development of Dell’s Alienware AW2310 3D gaming monitor, I know 3D).

    I’m also very happy with some of the TV’s other, less prominent features, such as its RCA analog stereo output, the option to turn-off its power LED (thank you, Vizio, and praise baby Jesus!!!), and its clever QWERTY remote. I have a 2.1 receiver with two bookshelf speakers and a sub, and it’s becoming more and more difficult to find a TV with analog stereo outputs. With this Vizio TV, I was able to easily connect my receiver and use the TV’s remote to adjust the volume level. When my receiver was connected to the Samsung TV, I had to use the receiver’s remote to adjust the volume level, because the Samsung remote’s volume control becomes disabled when the TV is configured for “External Speakers.” Being able to turn-off the Vizio’s power LED, while a minor feature, is a HUGE plus to me; I had an older Vizio TV whose illuminated logo I quickly became annoyed with, so to be able to view content with one less visual distraction makes for a great bonus — it’s really nice to see a company like Vizio being mindful of details like this. And speaking of details, while I’ve noted complaints about the QWERTY remote, the only thing I can ding if for is not being back-lit; however, at $668, I can’t balk. In fact, even in the dark, entering text using the remote’s keyboard is far, far more convenient than having to use what is usually a poorly executed on-screen substitute.

    As for the Vizio’s picture quality, it’s not perfect, but it’s still very, very impressive, especially at its price-point. Contrast is good, clarity is very good, and after calibrating the unit, its color reproduction is, in my opinion, extremely natural and transparent. Overall, I’m thoroughly impressed with its ability to render HD content. It does suffer somewhat from backlight uniformity issues, and it’s black levels don’t touch those of plasmas or LED TVs, but in comparing it to the Samsung LED TV I had, I have to say that even in dark scenes, this TV is far more satisfying to watch; as mentioned previously, I suspect that the astronomically high contrast levels afforded by LED TVs actually work to exploit any clouding and “flashlighting” issues that may be present. In the case of this Vizio CCFL TV, its lower contrast ratio actually makes for a picture that is, overall, far more uniform.

    As a consumer who feels as though truly solid values are becoming increasingly difficult to come by, I have to say I’m very, very happy with my purchase of this Vizio TV. It’s a great HDTV with fantastic 3D at an incredible value. Highly recommended.

    Update: The TV is still working to my expectations. I have noted that, on occasion, the Vizio Internet Apps will act a little wonky (won’t start or exit), requiring a second (or third) press of the respective button on the remote. I’ve also noted a minor uniformity issue that affects the TV’s picture only when the majority of the screen is white or near-white; there are three VERY slightly darkened vertical “bars” that run down the center of the screen. They’re so faint that I’m fairly certain they’ve been there the whole time and that I simply hadn’t noticed them until recently. They’re not bad enough to be considered a deal-breaker, so I’m still very, very happy with my purchase and I would still recommend the product to even my very best friends.

  • Customer Rating Great HD, astonishing 3D, BAD sound, 2011-05-23
    This review is from: VIZIO E3D420VX 42
    HD: This is my second HDTV. The first was a samsung 40′ from 2006. The hd quality has improved tremendously since then. I mean deep color, black, faster refresh rate… it is really something to watch. The tv (I got e3d470vx, the 47′ version) performs less impressively on white and light blue. However this takes nothing away from the overall picture quality. You can watch this tv in a bright room without a problem except at an extreme angle where hues are reflected on the screen.

    3D: is just phenomenal. I watched the Directv channels so far and it all looks out of this world. Depth perception on a home tv is just what I wanted. Directv has 3 3d channels that come witn your subscription, one for music and concerts, one for nature and history films and the third is espn3d for live sporting events. They also have a $$ on demand channel with limited 3d movie selection.

    Sound: Tv speakers are worth 3-4 cents collectively, no kidding. I mean I know vizio wants me to buy a sound system, but at least include speakers that actually convey SOME sound. I had to go out and buy vizio sound bar vsb200. It is really a good solution for under $100.

    Remote: it is odd looking, but surprisingly easy to use. The keyboard on the back is easier to use and more straightforward than any smartphone keyboard I had ever used. I made just one mistake typing multiple times. It is not hard to press buttons like some suggested.

    Internet apps: vary in quality by purveyor. Netflix & vudu are just great, while Facebook and twitter apps are hard to navigate. The apps are designed by yahoo seemingly as an afterthought. They lose connection constantly, they can’t seem to take any advantage of the 47′ landscape… A mess really. Yahoo includes all its usual apps: news, sports, weather… Apps by 3rd parties are mostly useless local news channels apps! Note: you can only have a total of 17 apps on your tv at any one time.

    TV settings: they are quite a bit simplified compared to my previous tv. I kept everything on factory settings so far and picture looks great. I plan to calibrate later but I have explored every setting there is and I found no gibberish. It is all understandable.

    Setup costs: I needed new hdmi cables for the 3d part. I got mediabridge brand from amazon. They cost $9 each. You should know hdmi terminology changed. It used to be 1.3b or 1.4. This has all been dropped. What you need to run 3d is a “category 2 certified” cable. Mediabridge has a fabulous track record and this time was no different. I also needed a digital audio spdif cable to hook tv to soundbar. I got one from bestbyy and they ripped me off. A 6” cable for 18 bucks. You can get the same one on amazon for 6. And of course I had to buy the sound bar for 98 bucks. Overall for the 47′ version you end up with $1100.

    Note: for first time 3Ders, you have to watch the tv at a straight angle; Straight plane from your eyes to tv. This means that if you have multiple people over, they ALL have to squeeze on a coach facing tv directly. Otherwise image looks distorted and blurred.

    I’ll write more as I gain more experience with the unit.

  • Customer Rating Awsome! Worth every penny., 2011-05-02
    This review is from: VIZIO E3D420VX 42
    First let me say don’t let the awesome price push you away. It’s not to good to be true… it’s true. I bought the 47″ and after some help from this review page I am up and going and loving it. The 3D is amazing(watching Tangled with my daughter right now) and the glasses do not need any charging or batteries. The wifi is my favorite part. With just one touch on the remote(which has a keyboard on the bottom side of it) and your watching a movie or listening to Pandora which is pretty cool especially if you have surround sound. The HD is great but side by side next to my Samsung it is just right below it. Which is why I didn’t give it 5 stars(i would of given it 4 3/4 if that was an option). With that said it is a great tv if your looking for a 108oP/120Hz/3D/lcd/wifi for under $800. To be honest you can’t come close to this price with these options(i’ve looked). $695 for 42″ and $868 for 47″, I got the 47″ for $695 because someone had it for a day and returned it(can’t beat that with a 2 year extended warranty for $65). If your on the fence just jump off and head to Walmart and pick it up, you won’t regret it.

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