A first off is, I'm not exaggerating when I say that this is an excellent buy.
Value - $578 for a 1080P native 42inch? Add free site to store shipping and that's an amazing price! Go Viore and Wal-Mart!
Picture - At first I was kind of unimpressed with the picture; compared to a new expensive Phillips or Sony the contrast seemed weak, grey blacks, dull whites, but simply going through the picture settings made this TV look amazing! 1080P through Blu-Ray is absolutely gorgeous on this TV, Colors are great, Deep blacks, Bright whites, even a 480i standard TV signal looks fairly good on it. One thing not noted is a response time and I couldn't find one anywhere. A couple of tests ran on it rated it on average below 20ms, which is more than fast enough to preventing the ghosting effect on fast images.
Sound - All I'm gonna say is the built in speakers are absolutely amazing, loud, clear, and even nice bass sounds! The disappointment is that there is no fiber-optical audio out. There is digital though (SPDIF) and like I said, the speakers are amazing and you might not even want a system hooked up! It has a "Surround" audio function that when used in gaming systems sounds like you have a 5.1 system.
Features - These are kind of lacking, advanced controls are missing but all of your basics are there. It does include auto volumizing for those nasty commercials that are cranked, and includes XVS, which I'll admit I have no clue what that is. :-D
Overall, a GREAT buy. Dead pixels are random, it happens no matter what brand you get by chance so don't blame a brand, my Viore had NO dead pixels. Normal universal remotes don't seem to really have a great code but I suppose if you wanna blow the money and NEED 1 remote, the expensive LCD ones worked on it, I borrowed a friends and it seemed to auto-find the code for it.
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