Vizio XVT553SV LED LCD HDTV Review

The Vizio XVT553SV is probably the first Vizio to actually impress us.

$2,199.00 MSRP 55 in.


The Vizio XVT553SV ($2199 MSRP) is a pleasant surprise from the normally budget-oriented manufacturer. It's a good television, and what's even more surprising – it's a pretty cool television, too. It's got all the bells & whistles you'd find on a high-end TV from Samsung or Sony, and some surprises of its own. Now if they could only do something about that exterior design.

UPDATE: We re-ran all the tests with Smart Dimming enabled and provided the results from both sets of testing in the review. The final scores for the review were not changed. You wouldn't want us to (unless you hate Vizio for some reason). Though Smart Dimming improved black level and contrast ratio, it decreased the scores for Peak Brightness, Tunnel Contrast, White Falloff, Uniformity, RGB Color Curve, Motion Artifacting, and Viewing Angle. Because we review and score a television across a wide range of factors, rather than throwing all our emphasis around contrast ratio and black level, the aggregate, weighted final score would have been lower with Smart Dimming enabled. Please enjoy reading the review, in all its nerdy detail.

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  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. Samsung UN55C7000 Comparison
  14. Sony Bravia KDL-52EX700 Comparison
  15. LG 55LE5400 Comparison
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
  18. Photo Gallery
  19. Ratings & Specs