Manufacturer: Vizio Part number: M3D550KD
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CNET editors' review
price range: $1,389.95
- Reviewed by: David Katzmaier
- Reviewed on: 07/27/2012
- Updated on:08/21/2012
The good: The Vizio M3D0KD produces some of the deepest black levels and most accurate color of any LED TV this year, and does it for a bargain price. Its passive TV was brighter than many active sets and virtually crosstalk-free. The Smart TV suite has plenty of content and the remote has plenty of capabilities. Vizio includes four pairs of 3D glasses.
The bad: Variable black levels, blooming, and lackluster video processing hurt the Vizio's picture quality to some extent. Its passive 3D showed occasional artifacts and moving lines. The TV's design is ho-hum.
The bottom line: Very good picture quality and an extremely aggressive price make the Vizio M3D0KD one of the best LED TV values on the market.
This HDTV delivers excellent picture quality
by johnnydk on January 15, 2013
Pros: I like the picture quality and very good dark level. Performs perfect during both daytime and nighttime.
Cons: Can't really think of one. If I have to say one then maybe sound quality is not as good as home theater system. The silver stand looks a bit annoying.
Summary: I am an electronic sales and I highly recommend this HDTV if you planning to playing video games or watch movie during daytime or nighttime. Also, feel free to check ...
Summary: I am an electronic sales and I highly recommend this HDTV if you planning to playing video games or watch movie during daytime or nighttime. Also, feel free to check out http://www.squidoo.com/best-hdtv for information on what best HDTV to get this year.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Hands down, the best TV at this price point!
by BizwizMB on July 16, 2012
Pros: See Review
Cons: See Review
Summary: Let me start off by giving you some background. I have owned 3 Sony HDTV's since 2006. The first was a rear projection LCD model that I purchased for ...
Summary: Let me start off by giving you some background. I have owned 3 Sony HDTV's since 2006. The first was a rear projection LCD model that I purchased for about $3800 in mid-2006 and had a design defect with something called the "optic block" that ended up as the subject of a class action lawsuit. Sony extended the warranty for a year because of it. Some people got new flat panel TV's for free or extreme discounts. Mine was repaired once and by the time it broken again, which was inevitable, It was out of warranty and Sony wouldn't help me. I have bought Sony all my life and thought that sometime you just get a lemon, so I gave them another chance and in mid-2009 bought a KDL-52V5100 for about $2000. I had nothing but problems right out of the box. The TV's auto dimming feature would make the screen so dim that it went very dark in movies and video games and you couldn't see anything in dark scenes, EVEN WITH SMART DIMMING TURNED OFF! Sony sent me a firmware update, which didn't fix it. Then they sent me a new TV, same problem. It was obviously a software/hardware design issue. They sent me a KDL-52W5100 as a replacement, which was a slight upgrade. I was fairly happy with that TV other than the 8-bit panel which did cause noticeable banding at times. Then, in May of 2012 roughly 3 year old it started exhibiting a picture problem where the whole left side of the screen would turn green and horizontal line covering the rest of the screen appeared along with a terrible high pitched squealing noise. Sony, of course, refused to help me as this TV only had a 1 year warranty. I found out from a local shop that it needed a new LCD panel for about $1600, which of course meant that my 3 year old TV was now a big door stop. The Sony name used to mean quality, but after spending almost $6000 in roughly 4 years and then having now working TV is ridiculous. I decided I was done with Sony. It's really too bad. I've been buying Sony my whole life.
Before this I didn't really consider Vizio because it's always been a pretty low end brand. I did some research and found the M3D550KD, which had the same features as the $2400 Sony KDL-55HX850 (except for Gorilla Glass). In fact it scored better than the Sony by far in native contrast ratio and black level. A review from PC Magazine gave it 4 out of 5 stars and the editor's choice award. See review on pcmag.com.
**After connecting to my WI-FI and turning the TV off for about 10 minutes, when I turned back on it had updated itself to the latest firmware.
First thing I did was calibrate the TV using Digital Video Essentials HD - DVE HD Basics Blu-ray. The settings I came up with are below.
User Menu Settings
• Picture Modes
o Picture Mode : Custom
o Color Temperature : Normal
o Aspect Ratio : Normal/Wide
• Picture Settings
o Backlight : 55
o Contrast : 50
o Brightness : 42
o Color : 55
o Tint : -1
o Sharpness : 8
• Advanced Video
o Smooth Effect : Off
o Real Cinema Mode : Smooth
o Noise Reduction : Off
o Color Enhancement : Off
o Adaptive Lumina : Off
o Film Mode : Auto
o Smart Dimming : Off
o Ambient Sensor : Off
**XBOX360 Users Note: One thing that I kind of freaked me out when I first hooked up my XBOX was that if you set resolution to 1080p most of the advanced picture settings disappear from the menu. Not just greyed out/unavailable, the menu actually changes. If you set the TV to the input your XBOX is connected to, bring up the TV settings menu, then power on the XBOX you can actually watch the picture settings menu change! The picture mode (Custom, Standard, Movie, Etc.) in gone, the advanced picture menu is gone and the only options available are Contrast, Brightness, Backlight, Game mode and Ambient Light Sensor. I called Vizio and after finally getting hold of a engineer rather than tech support he verified that it was by design. Apparently the XBOX can communicate with the TV and takes over all these settings. It knows what the TV can and can't do and takes full advantage of the TV's capabilities. If I set the resolution to 1080i it didn't do this. I was a little worried about this at first, but after setting to 1080i and using my tweaked settings I could not make it look nearly as good as the XBOX controlled settings when set to 1080p. The picture was amazing! The PS3 does not exhibit the same behavior when set to 1080p although still looks amazing with my custom settings.
• Verifiable 10-bit panel, so no banding (most companies are not disclosing anymore).
• Very complete set of advanced customizable picture settings.
• Audio was surprisingly better than I expected and better than other LED backlit super thin TV's I've looked at.
• Excellent color and black level.
• Bluetooth Remote with built-in QWERTY keyboard.
• 3D is excellent, it really pops and the TV comes with 4 pairs of glasses (So far, testing with 3D Blu-ray and XBOX 3D games the TV auto detects if you turn 3D on and I haven't had to set the mode manually in the TV menu).
• LG panel (So basically it's generic LG)
• Inexpensive 3D glasses because of passive 3D. ($4 for a pack of 2 on Amazon)
• Lots of built-in web apps. (haven't had any crashing as others have reported)
• Better than expected Standard Definition picture quality.
• Customizable EQ audio settings are a plus. (Not quite as customizable as my old Sony but still very good)
• Screen is more on the glossy side than the matte side so it's semi reflective which makes room placement more important (more so than my old Sony) but not full glossy like most of the Samsung's I looked at.
• No 2D to 3D conversion because of passive 3D.
• Noticeable blooming on really dark scenes (common in all edge-lit LED/LCD's).
• Noticeable "electronic" smell for about the first 3 or 4 days. It's gone now (common in new electronics also).
• As with all Vizio's I've seen, the menu and Apps are a bit slow and clunky (especially compared to the Sony, but it's literally half the price of the equivalent Sony!)
• No manual firmware updates check that I can see and none to download on Vizio's website (although it automatically updated itself almost immediately after I connected it to my WI-FI)
• No DLNA or web browser, which most brands include in a TV of this caliber (possible firmware update in the future?)
• Uses more power than most LED/LCD TV's this size (108 Watts).
The best "bang for your buck" TV out there! At this price, you will not be disappointed! This is my first Vizio and I love it. 3D is great, lots of features, and great built-in internet apps.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
This is THE TV to be beat at this price!
by StylinJ78 on May 28, 2012
Pros: Excellent black levels! Color appears uniform and realistic. LED edge-lit adds longevity to TV as well as slim profile and weight loss. Qwerty keyboard. WIFI built-in, lot's of App choices, and 3D capable! Overscan adjustment capability.
Cons: Slightly laggy smart dimming. No swivel base. No coaxial digital output only Toslink optical and 1/8" headphone style output (needed coaxial for my setup). No S-video input(useless for most people today but still a "con" for me.
Summary: Using on-screen menu will program remote to control other devices based on input. Comes with 4 "cheapy" glasses but do their job just fine and fit over my prescription glasses. ...
Summary: Using on-screen menu will program remote to control other devices based on input. Comes with 4 "cheapy" glasses but do their job just fine and fit over my prescription glasses. TV won't do 2D to 3D conversion but that keeps the price down and if needed you can buy blu-ray players that can do the 2D\3D conversion. 3D is good but if you want great 3D you will have to go "active 3D" which gets costly. This TV is currently sold at Costco which is where I got mine for $1249+tax, I also saw it at Sam's club but COSTCO adds 2nd year warranty for free. There is no "Z" control to change depth of 3D like LG TV's can do but thats an $800 upgrade I didn't want to spend for. 3D TV was "ok" but I've heard the same comment from my friend with an "active 3D" Samsung which cost a lot more. VIZIO symbol is behind metal mesh on front of unit and dims to half-light when TV is in standby mode but can be turned completely off in both modes through menu option. Adjusts automatically to 3D for 3D blu-rays and PS3 games but TV will have to be selected to engage(easy to see SBS or TB just by seeing of you have 2 pictures side-by-side or top and bottom on the screen then make the selection from the 3D menu on TV. This TV is simply awesome due to the amazing picture, Internet apps capability, passive 3D experience, LED EDGE-lit, Qwerty keyboard, WIFI built-in, and even has a 5-band EQ for sound if needed all for under $1500! TV updated firmware automatically overnight as well! Excellent TV!
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Vizio
- Part number: M3D550KD
- Description: Theater 3D is advanced, flicker-free 3D that's better and brighter than conventional 3D. Including four pairs of lightweight, battery-free glasses you can wear at home or at the movies, this HDTV puts 3D well within reach. Featuring Edge Lit Razor LED backlighting, 240 Hz SPS refresh rate, 10,000,000 to 1 DCR and 1080p Full HD, this superb HDTV displays both 3D and HD content with amazing clarity, color and contrast. And VIZIO makes no compromises when it comes to sound with SRS StudioSound HD. Also includes VIZIO Internet Apps and built-in 802.11n WiFi, giving you the convenience of on-demand movies, TV shows, social networking, music, photos, and more - all at the push of a button on the premium Bluetooth QWERTY remote.
- TV type LED-LCD
- Screen size 55 in
- Viewing angle 178 degrees
- Viewing angle (vertical) 178 degrees
- 3D Passive 3D
- Connectivity Bluetooth,
- Internet streaming services Smart TV
- Smart TV Yes
- Skype details Skype ready,
Web camera sold separately - Vizio XCV100
- TV features SRS TruSurround HD,
Ambient light sensor (ALS),
- 3D glasses & accessories 3D glasses (4pcs) included
- Technology 3D,
- Backlight technology LED Backlight technology
- LED backlight type Edge-lit with local dimming
- Native resolution 1920 x 1080
- Resolution 1080p
- Dynamic contrast ratio 10000000:1
- Refresh rate 240 Hz
- Motion Enhancement Technology 240 Hz SPS
- Aspect ratio 16:9
- Response time (ms) 5.5 ms
- Progressive Scan Progressive scanning (line doubling)
- Widescreen Widescreen
- HDCP compatible Yes
- TV tuner presence Yes
- Digital TV tuner ATSC
- Speaker(s) 2 x Main channel speaker - Built-in - 10 Watt
- Surround mode Yes
- Sound effects SRS StudioSound,
SRS TruSurround HD
- Total output power 20 Watt
- HDMI ports qty 4
- PC interface VGA (HD-15)
- Input/Output connections 4 x HDMI input (19 pin HDMI Type A) - Side,
2 x Hi-Speed USB (4 pin USB Type A) - Side,
1 x Digital audio output (optical) (TOSLINK) - Side,
1 x Audio output (Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm) - Side,
1 x Ethernet (RJ-45) - Bottom,
1 x VGA input (15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15)) - Bottom,
1 x Composite video / component video input (RCA phono x 3) - Bottom,
1 x Audio line-in (RCA phono x 2)
- Video interface HDMI,
- Menu language French,
- Type 2-sided QWERTY Bluetooth remote
- Features Bluetooth,
- Service & support 1 year warranty
- Service & support details Limited warranty - Parts and labor - 1 year,
Technical support - Lifetime
Stands & Mounts
- Stand included Included
- Stand design Tabletop
- Flat panel mount interface 400 x 400 mm
- Power device Power supply
- Power consumption operational 108 Watt
- Power consumption stand by / sleep 1 Watt
- ENERGY STAR version 5.3
Dimensions & Weight
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 49.7 in x 11.2 in x 32.1 in - With stand
- Weight 66.1 lbs
Dimensions & Weight (Shipping)
- Width 54.1 in
- Depth 7.8 in
- Height 35.3 in
- Weight 68.3 lbs
- ENERGY STAR Qualified Yes
Edge-lit with local dimming,
Vizio Internet Apps (V.I.A.),
EPA Energy Star
Edge-lit with local dimming,
EPA Energy Star