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Vizio SV470XVT1A LCD HDTV Review

47 in.

Certainly not the best TV to pass through our labs, but has more than adequate performance for the price

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Tour & Design

Tour & Design Summary
Editorial Note: This is a review of the Vizio SV470XVT1A. Test results are for this model, but should indicate the general performance of other sizes in the SVxx0XVT1A series. The SVxx0XVT1A series includes the following models: SV420XVT1A and SV470XVT1A.  Read here for more details on series differences.
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Front


The Vizio SV470XVT1A is not the hottest looking television on the showroom floor, to be sure, but it's certainly not ugly. The front is surrounded by a shiny, plastic bezel that is prone to picking up fingerprints. The base does not swivel, which is of particular annoyance due to the hard-to-reach back ports.

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Back

 


The back of the Vizio SV470XVT1A has some particularly poorly placed ports. They're in the center of the panel, and they face upwards. Because the base doesn't swivel, you have to reach blindly around from the side and try to jab the cables into their ports. 

For information about the ports on the back of the Vizio SV470XVT1A see our Connectivity section.

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Sides


The Vizio SV470XVT1A are simple, with a small selection of ports on one side and on-board controls for the other. As you can see from the pictures, it's not a particularly slender, but that's what you can expect for the price. Ultra-thin TVs come at a premium.

For information about the ports on the back of the Vizio SV470XVT1A see our Connectivity section.

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Stand/Mount

 


The stand on the Vizio SV470XVT1A is quite bulky and it does not swivel, making it hard to access the ports on the back. 

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  • No swivel base. Boo! *

 

Controls


The controls on the Vizio SV470XVT1A are what you'd expect – basic controls for power, channel up/down, and volume. There's also a strangely placed and unusual port labeled 'TX Input.' This is for use with select Dolby surround sound systems. 

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Remote Control


The remote control for the Vizio SV470XVT1A is quite thin and lightweight, with excellent button layout. Our only complaint is that the target range for pointing the remote at the TV is incredibly narrow. 

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  • Good, lightweight remote *

 

In The Box*(8.0)*


The Vizio SV470XVT1A ships with an instruction manual, remote control, batteries, cleaning cloth, and an HDMI cable to get you started. All in all, this is a good starter kit. 

 

Aesthetics*(5.0)*


The Vizio SV470XVT1A is not a 'beautiful' TV, per se, but it can blend in nicely with the background of your living room. It's certainly not as attractive as some of the ultra-thin TVs, nor does it share their slim profile, but that's what you should expect for this price.  

Other Models in the SVxx0XVT1A Series
This is a review of the Vizio SV470XVT1A. The other sizes of HDTVs in this series should be similar in terms of performance and usability. For details about any differences, click on the image to jump to the Series Comparison page.
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Vizio SV420XVT1A 42 inches Vizio SV470XVT1A 47 inches

 

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Sections

  1. Tour & Design
  2. Blacks & Whites
  3. Color Accuracy
  4. Motion
  5. Viewing Effects
  6. Calibration
  7. Remote Control
  8. Connectivity
  9. Audio & Menus
  10. Formats & Media
  11. Power Consumption
  12. Vs Samsung LN46B750
  13. Vs Toshiba 46SV670U
  14. Vs Sony KDL-46VE5
  15. Conclusion
  16. Series Comparison
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