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Vizio E322VL LCD HDTV Review

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The Vizio E322VL is a one-off model that seems to be nothing more than a successful experiment on Vizio’s part.

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Audio Quality

The Vizio E322VL has surprisingly good audio performance for a TV in its size. Granted, the bass response is atrocious, creating a papery rumble. But midtones and conversation sound great. There are plenty of features in the menu to tweak audio performance.

| Feature | *What It Does (according to Vizio) |

| SRS TruSurround HD | When watching TV or a movie, TruSurround HD creates an immersive surround sound experience from only two speakers and provides rich bass, clear dialog and high frequency detail. Choose from On or Off. |

| SRS TruVolume | When the programming switches to a commercial or when changing occur. |

| Lip Sync | Lip Sync is designed to adjust the audio of the program being viewed so that it matches the movement of the lips of someone talking on the screen. |

| Audio Mode | A series of equalizer presets: Flat, Rock, Pop, Classic, and Jazz. |

| Equalizer | A 5-channel equalizer. |

Menu Interface

The menu on the Vizio E322VL has one simple feature that we think is great and should be copied by all the other manufacturers. Typically, when you open a menu, a huge graphic takes up most of the screen and blocks what you were watching. This particular Vizio gives you the option of shrinking and rescaling the screen so the menu is on one side and your TV show is on the other (see picture below). It's one of those ideas that's so simple yet so obvious. And yet, Vizio doesn't even offer it on all its own TVs.

Menu Main Photo
The front page of the menu is icon-based

The overall menu interface is fine. Options are clearly laid out and you can also hit the Back or Exit button on the remote if you get lost.

Menu 2 Photo
The Advanced Picture menu

Instruction Manual

The Vizio manuals are always a big hit with the staff here because the product photography is so bizarre and amateur compared to any instruction manual you see from any other electronic manufacturer. And yet, it gets the point across, which is really more important than polish. What we can't forgive is Vizio withholding information. There are several features here that get no explanation. You can find the Vizio E322VL's manual online here.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Multimedia & Internet
  12. Power Consumption
  13. LG 32LD450 Comparison
  14. Samsung LN32C350 Comparison
  15. Sony Bravia KDL-32EX700 Comparison
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
  18. Photo Gallery
  19. Ratings & Specs
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