Our main video unit is a 50-inch plasma with Onkyo surround sound, Apple TV2, and Sony blu-ray DVD player. I needed an alternative because my wife finally learned how to use Netflix on Apple TV and I can no longer take hours of movies from the Jane Austen books. I began looking for a HDTV to replace the 30-inch Sony CRT in my cave, which is a corner of the bedroom and also features a reclining rocker, laptop, and low-end surround sound system.
I was considering a 32-inch LCD with Internet apps.
On a trip to visit my daughter at her college, we visited Walmart to stock her up on supplies. I strolled by Electronics and spotted the Vizio 32-inch 3D LCD 1080p 120Hz HDTV. I was impressed with the price, and then I saw the 42-inch version. Wow! The price was unbelievable!
I wasn’t looking for 3D, but the 3D model wasn’t much more than the non-3D model, so I was very interested.
We went out to eat and I couldn’t stop thinking about the 42-inch model. My wife spilled some food on her pants and said we need to go back to Walmart so she could buy a new pair of pants. I told her those would be the most expensive pair of pants she had ever purchased!
I am very impressed with the television. Setup was simple. To begin watching cable with audio through the low-end surround sound took about 20 minutes. To setup everything else (i.e., Amazon Prime, Vudu, Netflix, Facebook, Flickr, etc.) took about an hour. I even purchased a 15-foot VGA cable and now occasionally use the Vizio as an extended monitor for my laptop!
The picture quality is excellent. I purchased my first 3D movie through Vudu and was very impressed. I even forgot I was wearing the 3D glasses after about 15 minutes. And, yes, the glasses used at Avitar at the theater worked with the Vizio.
(Side Note: I did not enjoy watching the NBA finals in 3D on ESPN, but that had more to do with ESPN learning how to present NBA games in 3D.)
I cannot speak about the Vizio’s speaker system because I have audio through a surround sound system. However, I can say the available inputs and outputs on the Vizio are exactly what you need to connect a 3D blu-ray DVD player, a surround sound system, a cable box, a gaming system, and a computer. I have it connected to the Uverse router via the wireless mode.
The Internet apps are outstanding. I have streamed movies from Amazon, Vudu, and Netflix, and the quality is great. The 3D movie from Vudu had a few buffering issues at HDX -- I have a 12 MB Internet account with Uverse -- but viewing at HD eliminated those issues.
I also like the remote. If I could find the code to work my AT&T Uverse DVR, I would use the Vizio remote exclusively. Yes, it takes firm pressure to press the keys, but I like that. (I sometimes sit with the remote in my hand and I am not accidentally changing channels as much as before.)
There is a time lag from the time you press the on button and when the show appears on the Vizio, but this doesn’t bother me.
In summary, I highly recommend this television.