LCD HDTV Review: Sharp and Crisp VIZIO XVT473SV 47-inch Class Full Array TruLED 240 Hz SPS with VIZIO Internet Apps

[Front View: VIZIO's XVT473SV 47" TruLEDTM LCD HDTV with VIZIO Internet Apps]Dec 24, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) We have been looking for a new TV for quite some time, thinking we would go with a 47" LCD. But then we happened to see some of the new LED TV's which took us on a whole new quest. And this is where we ended up. With the Vizio xvt473sv. The picture is just fabulous. I can't begin to stress that. We are not young folks by any stretch of the imagination. 3D didn't interest us. (It's fun at the theater but I don't want to watch it at home.) But this TV has true LED, with true back-lighting (not just edge lighting) and it's beyond terrific for viewing.

The pictures are sharp and crisp. Like when you're at the eye doctor and he says, "Which is better, A or B?" And B jumps out at you because it is like the best you've ever seen? Well folks, that's this television. Not kidding.

We have only had it for one week so I can't yet comment on the internet apps. Everything else is hooked up now - sorry, we work and only have limited time in the evenings - but so far it all works flawlessly. Our bonanza was discovering that we get HD channels for free because this TV has an integrated quam tuner. I'm no tech geek and I have no idea what that is but that's what the nice cable lady told me. (And because it's so new we've had to make our own list of HD channels because we live in the boonies and our cable folks don't have the list for our area yet.) AM I complaining??? No way!

My one and only criticism of this TV is that when you enter a channel in the bluetooth remote, it takes about 4-5 seconds for the TV to go to that channel. That is annoying. Surely Vizio will be coming out with a fix for this soon. (Are you listening Vizio?)

But I tell you, once you get to the channel, you forget that annoyance because the picture is so incredible. It's like that person in the box is in the room with you. It looks that real. Colors are gorgeous. Bright and vibrant!

The TV doesn't swivel on it's base but given that it's so large, I can't imagine needing it to swivel. Tonight we watched the CMA Awards on a non-HD channel. And the picture was still awesome. I can't wait to watch some college football this weekend.

When we get the internet part up and running, I'll be back with an update on this review. In the meantime, go for it. You won't be sorry. This is the LED-TV to which all others will be compared. Seriously. It is fabulous!!!

2 weeks later: I want to add a few more comments. My DH has downloaded several "apps" and they are easy, intuitive to use. BTW, this is not like a computer screen. VIZIO has it set up to download "apps" to prevent viruses from getting on your nice new TV. And they were really helpful when I called their customer service number to ask some questions before we purchased this TV. We still love it. The picture is just beyond belief. Literally, the detail you can see with it is just amazing.

- SippiMom

VIZIO's XVT473SV 47" TruLED LCD HDTV with VIZIO Internet Apps delivers the ultimate HDTV experience. This full array LED HDTV is packed with the latest technology and delivers superior picture quality at a superior price. The immersive virtual high definition sound and premium wireless Internet connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi 802.11n dual-band gives you the convenience of on-demand movies, TV shows, social networking, music, photos and more with just the push of a button on the premium Bluetooth QWERTY keyboard universal remote.
TruLED LCD HDTV graphic
Backlit LED blocks turn on and off based on the real-time content.

VIZIO Wi-Fi dual band 802.11n HD graphic
Quick and easy 802.11N wireless networking built-in.

VIZIO's VUR10 QWERTY remote used for Internet Apps
Control TV and Internet Apps via remote with QWERTY keypad.

240Hz SPS Smooth Motion technology graphic
240Hz SPS technology delivers 240 scenes per second for clarity.

TruLED with Smart Dimming achieves a 10,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio for deep, true blacks, brighter whites and crisp detail. The 240Hz SPS* Smooth Motion technology provides sharp, blur free images with less judder and the full 1080p renders every image with amazing precision, color and contrast. Take pride in knowing this energy efficient LED LCD HDTV exceeds new ENERGY STAR 4.1 guidelines, conserving our planet’s resources while saving you money.
Key Features

      Front view of the VIZIO XVT473SV 47-inch full 1080p TruLED LCD HDTV
      Advanced 47-inch picture quality with immersive virtual high definition sound and premium wireless Internet connectivity.
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    * 47-inch HDTV featuring 1920 x 1080 pixels and support for 1.06 billion colors.
    * Features VIZIO TruLED and Smart Dimming Technologies providing backlit illumination of the screen that results in breathtaking clarity and depth of color, while consuming up to 50 percent less energy than other HDTVs.
    * Full 1080p High Definition Resolution gives you over 2 million pixels, making the clarity and detail of your picture razor sharp.
    * 10,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio giving you deeper blacks and brighter whites.
    * 240Hz refresh rate delivers 240 scenes per second, producing enhanced frame rate and delivering sharper clarity of fast action scenes for blur free images.
    * 178/178 Degree Horizontal/Vertical Viewing Angle results in a crisp and clear picture that is easily visible from just about anywhere in the room.
    * Two built-in 15-watt speakers provide room-filling sound.
    * SRS Audio Technologies: SRS TruVolume evens out dynamics to limit volume inconsistencies between programming, while SRS TruSurround HD delivers immersive virtual high-definition surround sound out of the unit's two speakers.
    * Connect to the Internet Via Integrated Wireless-N Wi-Fi or via the included Ethernet port.
    * VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA) let you easily connect to the Internet and stream movies and TV shows, listen to music and get the latest news, sports and weather. VIA comes with Amazon Video on Demand, Flickr, Netflix, Rhapsody, Twitter, VUDU and Yahoo TV Widgets pre-loaded on the TV, ready to launch on-screen at the touch of a single button on the remote. You can continually discover and download more apps from other content and service providers by browsing our gallery of apps that is dynamically updated right on your VIZIO HDTV. (Learn more)
    * Customized Bluetooth remote with slide out QWERTY keypad enables you to control your TV, even type on-screen, from any spot in the room--all without having to point the remote at the TV. This universal remote also uses infrared to control all of the A/V devices connected to their HDTV, such as DVD and Blu-ray players, VCRs, audio devices, cable and satellite set-top boxes, DVRs, and other components.
    * ECO HD exceeds the current Energy Star Guidelines by 50 percent below Energy Star 3.0, saving you money on your utility bills while limiting the impact on our planet.
    * Mercury Free Display: The display's backlight is environmentally-friendly due to the fact that LED backlights do not utilize mercury, an environmentally harmful substance.
    * Warranty: One year parts and labor, and free lifetime technical support.

Illustration of the back panel of the VIZIO XVT473SV 47-inch full 1080p TruLED LCD HDTV
Plenty of rear panel connections including 4 HDMI, component, Ethernet and more.
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Connections

    * HDMI (with HDCP): 5 (1 side)
    * Component: 1
    * Composite A/V: 1
    * RF: 1
    * PC input (RGB): 1
    * Ethernet: 1
    * SPDIF Digital Optical Output: 1
    * Stereo Audio Output: 1
    * USB: 3 (on the side)

Dimensions

    * TV with stand: 45.22" x 30.63" x 10.62" (WxHxD); 55.18 pounds
    * TV without stand: 45.22" x 28.89" x 2.99" (WxHxD); 51.70 pounds
    * What size TV should you get?

What's in the Box

VIZIO XVT473SV TruLED LCD HDTV, VIZIO VUR10 remote control (2 AA batteries included), detachable base and thumb screw, power cord, VIZIO cloth, safety strap, user manual, quick setup guide, registration card.
Side view of the VIZIO XVT473SV 47-inch full 1080p TruLED LCD HDTV
1 HDMI and 3 USB at the side.
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Technical Specifications

    * Screen size: 47 inches
    * Tuner: ATSC/Clear QAM Tuner
    * Native Panel Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
    * Signal Compatibility: 1080I(HDTV), 720P(HDTV), 480P(EDTV), 480I(SDTV)
    * Computer Support: 1920x1080, 1360x768, 800x600, 640x480 via VGA/HDMI
    * Display Compatibility: 1080P(FHDTV)
    * LED: Direct Type LED Backlight Technology with Smart Dimming - 640 LEDs (80 control Blocks)
    * Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 10,000,000:1 w/DCR
    * Brightness: 500 nits
    * Response Time: 5ms
    * Picture-in-Picture (PIP): Yes
    * Picture-outside-Picture (POP): Yes
    * 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 and QAM demodulation: Yes
    * ATSC with MPEG-2 decoding: Yes
    * NTSC Video decoding via Video: Yes
    * Progressive Scan Video: Yes
    * Color Fine Tuning: Independent Red, Green and Blue
    * Universal Remote: VIZIO Bluetooth Remote Control with Qwerty Keyboard - VUR10
    * Panel Lamp Life (typical): 30,000 hours
    * Voltage Range: 100~240 Vac at 50/60 Hz
    * Power Consumption: 189W (AVG), < 1W standby
    * Wall mount hole pattern: VESA standard 200mm x 200mm

Internet-Ready Television
Internet-Ready Television

Internet-ready TVs use your broadband connection to deliver dynamic content, whether it's streaming video from Netflix, new music from Pandora, or a quick glance at today's weather forecast.

Although there is overlap, each manufacturer offers a unique bundle of free or paid services, including streaming video and music, social networking apps, online photo galleries, news and financial updates, weather info, sports scores, and a variety of other smartphone-like applications.

Manufacturers continue to add new content to their offerings, keeping customers current through firmware updates, and making a bit of research a prudent step in your buying decision.

Learn more about Internet TVs, how they work, what services are offered by different manufacturers, and exactly what you'll need to get started at our Internet TV 101 customer center.

Learn More
VIZIO Internet Apps

This VIZIO HDTV includes the VIZIO Internet Apps feature (VIA), and it comes pre-loaded with Amazon Video on Demand, Flickr, Netflix, Rhapsody, Twitter, VUDU and Yahoo TV Widgets, ready to launch on-screen at the touch of a single button on the premium Bluetooth universal remote control. A high-speed Internet connection is required to access content and receive product updates, and this model enables you to connect to the Internet via integrated Wireless-N Wi-Fi or wired Ethernet.

When you press the VIA button on your remote, the Apps Dock appears along the bottom of your screen with a selection of different Apps that let you watch movies, TV shows, listen to music, or get weather and news information all on demand. In addition to the providers listed above, new partners for 2010 include:

    * blip.tv: Blip.tv is an online television network that hosts the best original shows on the Web; from scripted sitcoms and dramas to shows about fashion, technology, politics and more.
    * CBS: The CBS Widget offers easy access to CBS schedule information, program metadata, previews and clips, cast photos and BIOS, and more.
    * NBC: View NBC's show schedule, view full screen photo galleries and catch up on your favorite shows with up-to-date quick text recaps, cast BIOS, and more.
    * CNBC: The CNBC widget allows you to interact with CNBC's real-time stock quotes direct from the NYSE and NASDAQ, real-time watchlists to track favorite stocks, and other key analytics.
    * iMemories: Now all your old home movies, photos and slides can be watched directly on your VIZIO TV with iMemories. iMemories digitally converts and preserves all your favorite memories online, regardless of the original media format.
    * Roxio CinemaNow: The Roxio CinemaNow platform enables you to instantly access a broad range of high-quality digital entertainment from your favorite consumer electronic devices.
    * The Weather Channel: Get your weather forecast when you want it with the press of your remote. The Weather Channel Widget delivers current conditions, the 5-day forecast and more for your zip code and thousands more.

Which Size HDTV is Right for My Room?
Graphic for determining the right size HDTV for your room


With standard-definition TVs, the rule used to be that viewers would feel comfortable watching a set from a distance of 3 to 6 times the screen size in inches. With HDTV, the resolution is so much better that you can sit closer to a larger TV without noticing the pixels. So with HDTVs, the rule tends to be you can sit anywhere from 1.5 to 3 times the screen size (in inches) for the best experience.

If you know the size of the room you have already, where you want to sit, and where your new HDTV should go once you get it, you can figure out the size HDTV you should get.

    * Minimum size = Viewing distance/3
    * Maximum size=Viewing distance/1.5

Rent or Buy more than 50,000 Titles from Amazon Video On Demand

With Amazon Video On Demand, VIZIO customers with either an Internet ready HDTV or an HDTV with additional Internet enabled devices (sold separately) can now instantly watch more than 50,000 commercial-free movies and television shows, including hit new releases and the latest episodes available in HD.
Streaming the Way You Want It

Using an intuitive interface, customers can order movies right from their couch and enjoy instant playback without waiting for lengthy downloads or annoying commercials. Prices start as low as $.99 and no subscription fee is required.
Find

Choose from thousands of movies and TV shows by browsing in the Amazon Video On Demand section on your VIZIO TV. Access and add to your virtual library of purchases via Amazon Video On Demand's Your Video Library and re-watch anytime on your VIZIO TV, your PC or Mac and other compatible devices.
Rent or Buy

Renting and purchasing titles is a snap with the power of Amazon's 1-click purchasing. Order new release movies and the latest TV shows right from your couch and you're watching within seconds. Prices start as low as $.99.
Watch

Using your VIZIO TV, enjoy Amazon Video On Demand's high quality video on any TV. Videos playback instantly, without waiting for a download. Purchases and rentals are added to Your Video Library and stored online by Amazon so you can conveniently watch them on your VIZIO television, PC or Mac, and other compatible devices.

*240Hz SPS displays 240 scenes per second by combining advanced 120Hz technology with scanning backlight.
Product Description
VIZIO's XVT473SV 47" TruLEDTM LCD HDTV with VIZIO Internet AppsTM delivers the ultimate HDTV experience. Packed with the latest technology including 240Hz, TruLED with Smart Dimming, built-in WiFi (802.11n dual-band), Bluetooth remote and SRS StudioSound HD, this high performance 10080p HDTV also puts the best of the web right on your screen.