Home Theater Flat Panel HDTVs LCD HDTVs
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Thursday, 24 April 2008

The Basics:
Vizio has established itself as one of the leading providers of reasonably-priced LCD and plasma HDTVs, and this 52-inch, 1080p model is the largest in the company’s LCD line, replacing the GV52LF. The VX52LF may not have all the high-end features you’ll find on a more expensive panel, but it offers solid performance, ample connections and an attractively simple design.

This TV’s healthy back panel sports three HDMI inputs that accept 1080p/60 (but not 1080p/24), plus two component video and one PC input that are also HD-capable. The menu includes the standard assortment of LCD picture adjustments, including several preset picture modes and color temperature settings, plus an adjustable backlight to tailor the image’s overall light output to suit your viewing environment. It also offers advanced white-balance controls, which isn’t a given at this price point.

Vizio includes a lot of PIP and POP viewing options, a scaled-down program guide for the internal tuners and the same four aspect ratio options (normal, wide, zoom, panoramic) found in most Vizio TVs. The Wide mode displays 1080p sources without overscan, but it does not do the same with 1080i sources.

The VX52LF has a simple two-tone design, with a black bezel and a silver, bottom-mounted speaker bar. It lacks the subwoofer and detachable speakers found in the GV47LF model, but the stand is detachable if you wish to mount the TV on a wall.

The Upside:
Vizio TVs consistently render an attractive high-definition image, with pleasing colors and good detail. This TV can be very bright and has a non-reflective screen, which makes it a good fit for a well-lit viewing environment.

The Downside:
There’s no 120Hz technology, so you may notice motion blur with faster-moving content. Like many traditional LCDs, this TV has viewing angle and screen uniformity issues, and its slightly higher black level means images won’t look as rich and saturated in a dark room.

The VX52LF is one of the best deals in town for a 52-inch LCD. It lacks some technologies and features you’ll find in higher-end LCDs, but it offers good everyday performance at a good price. It’s an especially good fit for the person who watches a lot of HD content in a brighter living room.
Manufacturer Vizio
Diagonal Screen Size 43 to 56-inches
# of HDMI Inputs 3
# of Component Video Inputs 2
HDMI Version 1.3
Native Resolution 1080p
Refresh Rate 60Hz

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