With the many darkly lit scenes, the show presents a challenge for the Vizio’s local dimming backlight function, as some shadow detail is partially affected by some halo-ing, which is a byproduct of stray illumination from one zone spilling over into adjacent dark areas. Fortunately, the Vizio features a Custom video setting that allows one to re-adjust the set and kill the local dimming function when viewing darkly lit programs such as this. Sure, the deep blacks aren’t quite as good, but without the halo-ing artifacts, the picture looks better overall.
Broadcast HDTV Evaluation: America’s Got Talent (NBC)
Compared to other makes, the Vizio’s Normal picture size mode is actually the more desirable 1:1 pixel-for-pixel mode, and as such will give you maximum detail to enjoy live broadcast HD shows such as this one, which is a feast for the eyes. A dance act featuring a troupe of teenage girls wearing beautifully colorful outfits suggestive of their Indian heritage is packed with shimmering detail that’s a treat to see.
Forget the default 50 Color (saturation) setting; trim it back (we recommend the 40 setting) and kill the Color Enhancement function, and you’ll be rewarded with a picture that explodes with vibrant color, but is as accurate as a pro monitor at rendering realistic flesh tones. Often, you can get one, but not the other—the Vizio gives you both.
Here, the Vizio performs as well as any plasma flat panel I’ve ever seen, and in fact is somewhat better at delivering gorgeously rich, inky blacks that will have you drooling.
When the three judges face the camera, it’s easy to see the audience members in the shadows behind them. This is where LCD-based HDTVs usually come up short, but the Vizio does an excellent job.
Vizio has another winner here (well, three actually if you count the other two sizes in the series). Packed with a range of useful Internet applications, the set delivers excellent video performance, and is priced hundreds of dollars less than some competitive models. The inclusion of the dual band 802.11n wireless adapter is a big plus, as is the support of multiple streaming subscription content providers and the extensive range of other internet apps that the set features.
The remote control is a real Jekyll and Hyde affair though, as the main keypad is a textbook exercise in ergonomic design mediocrity, but the universal control capability, the slide out keyboard and the Bluetooth functionality may be more than enough for many to overlook the remote’s shortcomings. It’s also worth noting that on the test bench, the Vizio turned in some very impressive scores, and in terms of color accuracy, is right up there with the best I’ve measured in recent years.
Vizio XVT473SV LED-backlit LCD HDTV
Screen size: 47” diagonal
Pixel resolution: 1920 x 1080
1:1 Mode: Yes
Video inputs: 5 HDMI, 1 component, 1 composite, 1 RGB PC
Other connections: 2 stereo audio inputs, 1 3.5mm PC audio input, 1 stereo audio output, 1 optical digital audio output, 3 USB, 1 ATSC/NTSC/ClearQAM RF input
Dimensions (W x H x D): 45.2” x 28.9” x 3” (w/o stand)
Weight: 51.7 lb.
Warranty: 1 year, parts & labor