If you’ve been holding off purchasing a new LED HDTV waiting for a slimmer design, then your wait is over. The VIZIO M550SV is a high-definition 1080p, 55-inch LED HDTV, designed with an ultra-thin cabinet. Unlike some of the older LED TVs, the M550SV provides 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio for incredible clarity and excellent color presentation. This VIZIO model provides LED backlighting that complements the high contrast ratio to deliver stunning color quality.
Amazing color, clarity, and visual effects, are only a few items the VIZIO M550SV has to offer. VIZIO’s Dynamic Contrast Ratio and Edge Lit RAZOR LED are technologies designed to present the viewer with the deepest black and most brilliant white contrasts. When you purchase the VIZIO M550SV, you also get a full high definition 1080p package that gives you excellent quality resolution and spectacular image quality. This all is made possible because of the RAZOR LED backlighting with Smart Dimming that controls each LED individually, either turning them on or off to give you super deep blacks and extremely bright whites. Of course, there is stunning and vivid colour in between.
Your wait to purchase a new high-definition TV with a super-slim cabinet will be rewarded when you see the cabinet housing this HDTV. You’ll find that the VIZIO M550SV cabinet is a true slim model. Sporting the RAZOR LED design by VIZIO, you are looking at one of the thinnest cabinets available giving you less than a 2-inch profile.
This cabinet’s glossy black finish is designed to blend with any home décor. Nothing too flashy, this cabinet frame is holding a feature-loaded HDTV inside. The mounting system on the backside allows standard VESA mounts and provides multiple options for installation.
The VIZIO M550SV makes your life very easy providing one of the simplest setup solutions available. What if you could plug in this TV, turn it on and then sit back to watch it set up itself? Would that be easy enough? Connecting to the internet is easy with the built-in Wi-Fi.
Installation and setting the preferred options is straight forward. The menu is extremely easy to follow because it doesn’t have complicated icons to confuse you. Each and every step involves only the items relevant to your configuration. If you need to add on a new component later, just select the setup menu and add it to the lineup.
The picture quality is something that truly has to be experienced to appreciate. With Dynamic Contrast Ratio you’ll experience white and black contrasts never before seen. Coupled with Ambient Lighting and ECO HD, the brightness will be automatically adjusted regardless of the environment. 1080p FULL HD gives you resolutions of over 2,000,000 pixels providing a clear and colorful picture, super sharp and full of detail.
Edge Lit RAZOR LED provides an impressive viewer experience because it builds upon an already perfect contrast ratio making the blacks truly black and the whites incredibly white. When watching action packed movies, excellent picture quality requires maximum refresh rates. This isn’t a problem for the VIZIO M550SV because the 240Hz SPS ultra smooth motion technology provides you with 240 scenes per second, which enhances your frame rate, providing perfectly clear action scenes. The 240Hz refresh rates allow you to watch action packed movie features or sports programs as if it were real life. If that isn’t enough, you’ll have VIA (VIZIO Internet Apps) which provides an endless supply of content and applications giving you everything you need, all in one place.
We watched Paramount’s 2010 blu-ray version of True Grit and have to say that Jeff Bridges portrayed a U.S. Marshall even better than the Duke, John Wayne. The detail of the pistol grips and the weathered saddle leather complete with sweat stains came through with stunning clarity. Black levels enhance the film and don’t appear dull or fake. The perfect clarity of each scene including the rock pebbles scattered across the desert sand was flawless.
SRS TruSurround HD is built right in allowing you to enjoy excellent quality sound right from your VIZIO M550SV without the need for a home theater system. TruSurround immerses you in a virtual surround sound which is completely HD. The SRS TruVolume technology prevents volume inconsistencies found on different channels.
If this isn’t enough, the SRS StudioSound HD provides multiple listening modes.
The audio lacked punch in the lower frequencies but the pseudo surround effect was quite realistic. You can hear the bugs and crickets chirping in the background while the campfire sparks and crackling was clearly heard. Of course, being a Western there are scenes with gunfire. The rifle and pistol shots were delivered with clarity even when the gun fire was from a distance. We have to say, this remake of John Wayne’s classic was entertaining and the quality of the audio and picture was most impressive. To fully appreciate the full frequency spectrum you might want to invest in something like the ZVOX single cabinet surround system.
Are you trying to minimize your impact to the environment and looking for energy efficient solutions? When it comes to being energy efficient, take a measure on the ECO HD feature. The VIZIO M550SV exceeds Energy Star guidelines making it one of the best in its class when it comes to energy efficiency. This will save money while decreasing your energy footprint.
If you have hunger for entertainment, you’ll be satisfied to dig into all the different entertainment options available with VIZIO’s Internet Apps. Think how the kids will cheer when you announce access to an almost unlimited amount of games, music and movies, using the built in WiFi connection to your Internet. This puts NBA Game Time, Pandora, HuluPlus, NetFlix, and Vudu right in the palm of your hand complete with a two-sided, universal remote including a keyboard.
The VIZIO M550SV provides multiple connection options making this a very versatile unit. The connections for the composite, VGA, Stereo Audio, RF Connector for internal tuner, and an Ethernet port are located in the back. On the side you’ll find the four HDMI inputs, and two USB 2.0 connections conveniently located giving you everything you’ll need for all your devices.
The VIZIO M550SV is a very impressive offering for its price. This beautifully designed LED HDTV has earned a spot at the front of the class with an extremely high quality picture and also functions as an infotainment center with full streaming capabilities.
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