Vizio XVT3D500CM Review
50" LCD with LED backlighting, Vizio CinemaWide UltraWide and Theater 3D, 2560 X 1080p resolution, Razor LED
by Robert Wiley, Senior Editor
This is Vizio's highest end line TV for 2012 and includes all the company's newest and best features. Vizio is getting serious about their larger screen LED screens with this series and it's completely rebuilt and differentiated product. The reason is the ultra wide screens which is set up perfectly for the consummate movie viewer that wants to see their movie collection without any black bars on the top and bottom of the screen.
Picture and Viewing Features
Though black levels are certainly saturated they are not as much so from side angle viewing as the panel loses a bit of its contrast from off center. The refresh rate of 120Hz does a nice job of eliminating some of the judder without going overboard and trashing all of the natural background blur.
The Vizio XVT3D580CM's WFHD panel for which the CinemaWide name refers is a 2560 X 1080 widescreen panel. This means that the ultrawide 21:9 aspect ration of the screen matches up perfectly with the 2.35:1 aspect ratio shown on most movies. Due to this perfect ration alignment there are no black bars on the top and bottom of the screen for the XVT3D500CM. However, normal TV programming will require the black bars down the sides of the screen or either using one of the algorithmic ratio adjustments (labeled as aspect ration or picture size) to "stretch" the image to fit into the screen.
Vizio's new SRS TruSurround suite has a speaker system designed to give you a more immersive experience with speakers specifically designed for use in flat panel TVs.
Internet Applications and Connectivity
Vizio is launching XVT3D500CM, an HDTV with Vizio Internet Apps (V.I.A.). V.I.A. is a service that allows users access everything on the web—all without a computer or TV box. V.I.A. also gives users instant access to popular programs like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Hulu Plus, Netflix, Pandora, Rhapsody, VUDU, and Yahoo! TV Widgets. With just the click of a button, all these services are available for the user's entertainment.
This V.I.A. TV also lets people shop at the Yahoo! Connected TV Store for TV apps from familiar brands like Amazon, CBS, QVC, USA Today, Fandango, Pandora, Showtime, and others. Users can find a selection of free apps. The Yahoo! Connected TV Store gives users wide access to movies, shows, sports, photos, music, news, and social networking sites. And with the VAP430 Stream Player, a versatile entertainment portal, users can access even more web content, video services, and content from their hard drives.
2580 X 1080 21:9 aspect ratio
Smart TV through V.I.A.
Bluetooth QWERTY keyboard for Web Browser
4 Pairs Passive 3D glasses
Wifi built in
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