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  • Customer Rating VIZIO M550SV 55, 1970-01-01
    This review is from: VIZIO M550SV 55
    I amazed when a nice product like this has a technical flaw so major that it makes it unusable. I was reading about the “self-turn-off” problem (check out You-Tube for some great videos of this) and wanted to hear from Vizio if they had fixed it. After some fancy dancing on the phone (she read me a carefully scripted response) the poor gal admitted that the product is in fact flawed, that the technicians were working on a fix, but there was none yet. Yes, the TV turns itself off in the middle of watching it. Often.Translate: Don’t buy this TV. Simple. Done.Neil

  • Customer Rating This is a great TV, 2011-10-21
    This review is from: VIZIO M550SV 55
    For me and my family this TV is darn near perfect. We upgraded from a 53″ Panasonic projection that we’ve had for almost 12 years. Right out of the box I got it hooked up and working fairly quickly (with some goofs on my part hooking up the surround system, Direct TV and the Bluray). But once it was set up, I was blown away. It’s a bit of a shock going from 60hz to 240hz. After previewing a few movies I could see what I have been missing all this time. Some do not like the increased frame rate and turn that off. But for us, it is almost too surreal how everything looks. After popping in the first Lord of the Rings movie, it was incredible the detail that came out of the grass and the foliage. A well done movie will look real. Others, will obviously look fake which is the slight downfall of such a sharp image. But there, I blame Hollywood rather than the TV. The colors are good, good shading and blacks, though I can see where some would have issues with this. I tend not to look for details in dark objects, but I guess some do. The matte screen is a blessing as we have a very brightly lit room and this TV has nearly no reflection from sunlight or other off-light sources. The menus are pretty easy to navigate, I haven’t had any issues as of yet that others have experienced. I was hoping not and have been very please with the performance of this TV. My issues, which are very minor, have to do with the remote. Its good, not great, as the QWERTY keyboard is on the flip side of the remote and not a slide out like on other remotes out there. And for some reason while using the keyboard you still have to point it at the TV like a remote which make typing rather awkward when your facing the screen directly. Second, with Direct TV, the remote ID’s they have for Vizio do not work with this particular TV. I had to use one of the Mitsubishi codes in order for the their remote to control it. But other than that, love it, love it, love it! If I have any other problems I’ll come back to report, but this has been well worth the wait to upgrade to.

  • Customer Rating Five stars…except for one major problem, 2011-06-07
    This review is from: VIZIO M550SV 55
    Length:: 6:54 MinsI absolutely love this TV. It has a fantastic picture, lots of great apps, the remote is great, everything about it is fantastic – except for one thing: the TV is unwatchable.

    This TV has a major firmware flaw. When the TV encounters a significant scene change, particularly if the scene change involves a sudden, black image, the TV turns itself off. Pulling the power cord for a few seconds to reset the TV fixes it for a while – but the problem eventually returns. Watching a Blu-Ray disc is impossible – the TV turns itself off almost every 30 seconds or so. It happens when watching something via HDMI, it even happens (less frequently) when watching something on the internal built-in Netflix app. Obviously there is a firmware problem in the code that is decoding and displaying the image – I suspect when an exception happens in this code, the TV turns itself off.

    Doing a Google search for “M550SV” and “turns off” you can see that this is not an uncommon problem – it’s quite widespread. It is also happening to the M420SV, the 42 inch version of this TV. Repeated calls to Vizio customer support result in denial of any known problem, and claims that it must be “power related” – telling me to go buy a surge suppressor (I already have one on the TV). When I pressed them on the issue, they agreed to send a repairman to my house to “replace the power supply.”

    Replacing the power supply is not going to fix a firmware problem. The problem can be easily demonstrated by playing a pre-recorded video that makes the TV turn off at the same spot every time, as I demonstrate in this video.

    Unfortunately, as much as I love this TV, I am going to have to return it. I cannot live with such a major fault. And while I have purchased (and recommended to others) Vizio TV’s (as well as other products) before, the replacement for this TV is not going to be a Vizio. What a shame.

  • Customer Rating Pleased with my purchase, 2011-09-05
    This review is from: VIZIO M550SV 55
    I had to buy a new TV because our projection went out. I looked at various reviews and viewed store models. I settled on the Vizio M550SV because of features, size, and price. I didn’t get a 3D because I couldn’t see myself wearing those stupid glasses all the time (or at all). The picture quality is great and the sound is ok. I will spring for a home theater system down the road, but I would suggest playing with the settings until you get the right mix (sometimes turning off the surround gives better quality). I gave $1299 through Amazon – free shipping, no tax. Delivered by freight. The tv only weighs 58 lbs. Put on the base, one person on each side, and lift. Glad I got the LED instead of the old technology- half the weight and saves energy. Football games look incredible. Also, you’ll want to play with the picture settings like tru-cinema and smooth motion. Out of the box, movies look weird because the frame-rate is not right- way too smooth and “video camera” looking. Once adjusted, it looks perfect, like being at the movies. So far very satisfied, and hey – Vizio is based in the USA!

  • AlanD says:

    Customer Rating Best Value in an HD TV, 2011-06-16
    This review is from: VIZIO M550SV 55
    I picked up this TV at my Walmart and am just THRILLED with it. The picture and clarity are amazing (you’ll be blown away if you watch a blu-ray disk on it.) It’s priced at least 200 dollars less than other more known brand equivalent TVs.
    Stand assembly was easy (they even INCLUDE a phillips head screwdriver in case you don’t have one).
    I’m still having fun playing with all the Internet Apps on the toolbar (new apps are sent to your TV automatically.) The remote control is cool, with a standard setup on one side, and a QWERTY keyboard on the other.
    One caution:
    The set I purchased had a power issue, it turned itself off occasionally. I called Vizio tech support (they’re located in South Dakota). Within a week at no charge two men arrived at my door to pick up the defective TV and deliver and assemble my new one which has worked perfectly for the last month. I could not have been more impressed.

    Friends of mine who own Sony and Samsung TV’s cant believe the picture!
    I’m so pleased with my purchase.

  • LucidLegend says:

    Customer Rating VIZIO M550SV 55, 1970-01-01
    This review is from: VIZIO M550SV 55
    This is a great LED TV. All specs listed are the actual specs. 240hz refresh, 1080p, 55 inch diagonal. My only complaint is that its too much tv. If you’ve been watching low res low refresh tvs your whole life and jump right into this, you will be overwhelmed!

  • Customer Rating It’s a great TV, 2011-06-14
    This review is from: VIZIO M550SV 55
    I don’t know what the problem the other reviewer had with the “sudden change” in picture but my wife and I haven’t had one problem. It has beautiful color.

    We do have a few comments about features. I’m used to having TVs that you could set alarms for it to come ON. The last TV I had, by Apex, had FIVE different alarms. This Vizio has NONE. It only has sleep timers.

    Secondly, The Apex we owned had the capability of entering titles for each channel. For example: CBS, NBC, Syfy, etc. This Vizio does NOT allow you to enter channel names. So if the cable/satellite service doesn’t provide the name, then it’s going to be blank and you will have to guess what you are watching.

    It does have a LOT of inputs: 4 – HDMIs, VGA, and component. You CAN name the inputs: Blu-ray, computer, etc.

    Overall, we do love the TV. We can do without the missing options. We would give it a FIVE STAR rating if it had everything we wanted. We do recommend you buy one.

  • Customer Rating VIZIO M550SV 55, 1970-01-01
    This review is from: VIZIO M550SV 55
    I have had this TV for a few weeks now and I absolutely love it. The picture is so real I swear that I am in the action myself. I recently signed up for Netflix so the Netflix button on the remote makes it very convenient to navigate between it and my regular channels. Setup is fairly straight forward and fine tuning modifications via the Menu are simple. I see no reason why anyone would not choose this TV over many of the other higher priced sets.

  • Customer Rating Nice product and everything is working well…, 2011-06-17
    This review is from: VIZIO M550SV 55
    I received this TV on Friday 6/17 after a lot of nail-biting because of the power/firware issue mentioned by a few other people. First off, the TV is very slim and the picture on it is very good. I am still futzing with the picture options but I think I have everything set the way I like. I have it connected via HDMI to a Comcast DVR and also an XBOX 360 (also via HDMI) and everything is good there. Also, I was able to get the unit very snug to the wall using a PYLE PSW598UT wall mount (also from Amazon). I have a recessed power outlet behind the TV and all of the cables are hidden and it looks really nice being such a thin TV and then having it right up against the wall. The TV was on a lot today and never shut itself off. I also got the TV to recognize my wireless router and I played with the apps a little bit. The remote is a bit clunky but I like the way it works. The only issue I have with it is the sound, which is okay but not great. I changed the audio settings and equalizer settings (I set it to ROCK which seems to have the most bass). But as I went between the unit that this one replaced (a 50″ Samsung which is now in a different room) I noticed that the audio on the Samsung is MUCH better than the Vizio. The 37″ Vizio I own had sound that was so bad that I had to by a soundbar for it. I don’t think I’ll need one for this 55″, but it’s always possible I’ll get one. I will update this review as pros and cons come up but at this point, I’m liking it.

    ** UPDATE **

    I have been playing with the video settings on the TV for the past four days & watching quite a bit of baseball, news and other HD content. I don’t know if everyone will benefit from this, but after looking at the various settings, the best combination seems to be:


    I like the screen bright and everyone in my house agrees with that. The smart dimming plus the ambient light sensor both being off along with the picture mode set to VIVID makes for a pretty bright screen but I like it. I will admit right now that I do not know what all of these things do so I just played with the settings until I thought I had the best picture for me. Also, the 50″ plasma that was in this space before had a better viewing angle. It was bright, crisp and clear from angles and across the room. This one is very good from directly in front of the screen and although it’s okay from angles, it’s noticeably darker which is why I keep the picture settings bright. I have not changed the other video settings at all (BRIGHTNESS, CONTRAST, SHARPNESS, etc). The TV has stayed powered on and has not surprised us by turning itself off or anything else.

  • Customer Rating a great tv, 2011-05-01
    This review is from: VIZIO M550SV 55
    I just got this tv three days ago and the picture is great and the sound is sufficient.The dirct tv box remote wont control the tv so you have to use both remotes but you are gonna use the tv remote for the internet anyway so no big deal.

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