Saturday, March 15, 2008


Out of the Box

Unless you are looking closely when you pull this 77.5 pound TV (with the black, non-swivel stand) out of its box, you may not notice a subtle design element. The dual textured bezel creates a frame within a frame around the screen – similar to a double matte around a photo.


The inner bezel is glossy piano black. The outer part of the frame is a cross-hatched matte black. The effect is understated and elegant, but almost subverted by the shiny gold "1080P FULL HD" label ingrained into the lower right corner of the bezel.

The only other marking on the front is the VIZIO logo that lights a dull yellow when the TV is plugged in and changes to a lighter white when the TV is turned on. This signature feature, which cannot be disabled, used to bug me when I experienced it in earlier VIZIO models. Now, I just ignore it.

The connection panel on the back contains the highest number of
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inputs, four, that I have seen on a TV. A stereo pair of Audio inputs is linked to the HDMIs. In addition, the panel offers two Component inputs (YPbPr) with matching stereo Audio Ins, one Composite (with Audio), one VGA (15 pin D-Sub) with a stereo Audio In mini-plug, one S-Video (with audio), and a Service port.

f you want to run audio out of the TV, there's an SPDIF (optical) digital Audio Out and a stereo pair of RCA analog Audio Outs.


Once again, the connectors are facing downward, which makes them much harder to view. I will admit that the color coded strip above the connectors does make the job easier.

The one RF connector links to the internal NTSC/ATSC/QAM tuner. When setting up the tuners, you scan for the digital (ATSC) and analog (NTSC) channels at the same time. Once they are tuned, you can surf from analog to digital channels by simply hitting the upper or lower portion of the Channel rocker button. Since the tuner system is also Clear QAM compatible, you can attach your cable TV signal directly into the RF connector and tune in unscrambled cable stations.

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