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VIZIO E552VLE Smart LCD HDTV

55 in.

An inexpensive, mid-range LED TV that’s odd in every way.

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Audio Quality

Most HDTVs have two 10-watt speakers. The VIZIO E552VLE has two 15-watt speakers, and the added size makes a surprisingly big difference. While the audio we heard wasn't as good as Panasonic's VT50 series, which has an embedded sub-woofer, it was still considerably better than standard TV audio. Simply put, the added wattage boosted volume, without causing distortion to the bass or treble ends of the sound spectrum. Machine gun fire and explosions were rich and full, and dialogue was clear and very easy to hear.

The TV's SRS StudioSurround HD sounds impressive on paper, but only makes a mild difference in its imitation of a real surround sound system. The TV also comes equipped with an EQ menu for manually adjusting the prevalence of treble and bass in sound, as well as having an option called SRS TruVolume that strives to manage and direct the relative volume of, say, a TV show and its interspersed commercial advertisements.

All in all, the VIZIO E552VLE has solid audio that's above average, good enough for a group of 5-7, and of good quality.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Tour & Design
  4. Connectivity
  5. Performance
  6. Picture Quality
  7. Screen Performance
  8. Audio
  9. Power Consumption
  10. Calibration
  11. Software & Internet
  12. Apps & Internet Features
  13. Software & Interface
  14. Conclusion
  15. Photo Gallery
  16. Ratings & Specs
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