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VIZIO M551d-A2R 55-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D Smart LED HDTV

15.6inch : VIZIO M551d-A2R 55-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D Smart LED HDTV Features

  • VIZIO Internet Apps Plus – Instantly enjoy the latest hit movies, TV shows, music and even more apps made for the big screen
  • Theater 3D – Crystal-clear, flicker-free, brighter 3D than conventional 3DTVs; Built-in Wi-Fi – easily connect to the Internet with ultra fast wireless
  • Razor LED with Smart Dimming for a more vibrant picture with deeper contrast – all in an ultra-thin design
  • 240Hz effective refresh rate with Smooth Motion enhanced with backlight scanning – Enjoy stunningly sharp fast action scenes
  • Dimensions: With Stand: 48.61″W x 30.56″H x 10.12″D; Without Stand: 48.61″W x 28.50″H x 1.75″D; Packaging Dimensions: 55.39″W x 36.06″H x 5.43″D

The all-new M-Series 55″ (54.64″ diag.) Razor LED Smart TV with Theater 3D has arrived with an ultra-modern design, brilliant picture quality, and a new, faster VIZIO Internet Apps Plus experience. Give any room an easy “designer home” makeover with the signature design of the M-Series, featuring an ultra-thin bezel that virtually vanishes next to the nearly edge-to-edge display. Enjoy stunning picture quality with the latest technology: Razor LED with Smart Dimming for vivid colors and deep contrast, Full HD 1080p and 240Hz effective refresh rate with Smooth Motion enhanced with backlight scanning for the sharpest possible picture. Now with the new, faster VIZIO Internet Apps Plus Smart TV experience, get connected with built-in Wi-Fi to t

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274 of 297 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic TV for the price!, June 15, 2013
This review is from: VIZIO M551d-A2R 55-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D Smart LED HDTV (Electronics)

I don’t write many reviews so this will be short and to the point with some helpful info.
I just received this TV using Costco (comes out to be same price after tax/shipping as Amazon, but you get 2nd year warranty free from Costco). The TV is packaged well and installation of the base was really simple.

From reading the reviews here, I narrowed it down to this TV compared to similarly priced Samsung or LG. I’d like to say that maybe I got lucky (knock on wood) but the edge-light bleed is not so bad. After reading some forums about edge-light problems some people have had, I was expecting a nightmare. I went from a 32″ Philips LCD TV to this and I have to admit the Black level of the Vizio isn’t as dark (probably a byproduct of the edge-lighting). However, don’t be scared of Vizio because some people have had excessive edge-lighting issues. If your unit has a lot of this issue, then exchange it within the return period.

Second, we all know that every TV now require some color tweaks. So I looked around and found this, which has worked amazing for me!


The Settings:
Settings:Calibrated Dark
Color Temp:Normal (lowered both Red gain/Offset) white areas looked very pink otherwise.
Auto brightness:Off/High (works in reverse on this set) Example:Instead of the High setting being “Max” it actually dims it the least and “Low” practically turns the backlight off.
Black detail:Off ( very aggressive Dynamic Con) crushed blacks on every setting
Smart Dimming:On
Reduced Noise:Off
Reduce Block:Off
Film Mode:Auto

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79 of 97 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars
Vizio Pros & Cons – It’s all in your Priorities…., August 6, 2013
A. Witkowski (Sayreville, NJ USA) – See all my reviews

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This review is from: VIZIO M551d-A2R 55-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D Smart LED HDTV (Electronics)

So after having my 55″ M-series for about a week I wanted to give some initial findings and considerations for potential buyers in the same boat and of similar mindset. I extensively researched every brand and screen type out there over the internet for months before I made this purchase and I learned a very valuable lesson in it all….. reviews are only reviews, in-home trial and error is the truest of tests.

That being said, I’ll list my top 5 Pros and Cons, in MY PERSONAL order of importance found in the Vizio M-series:

1) Overall Value
2) Dark Room Picture Quality (2D & 3D)
3) Aesthetic Design (Screen & Stand)
4) Ease of Use/Menus/Setup
5) Smart TV Features

1) Highly Reflective Screen
2) Screen Uniformity (Light bleeding/Blooming)
3) Goofy / Unresponsive Remote
4) Set Design / Input Placement
5) Lack of External Controls

So in the end, the CONS got the best of this TV for me, here’s why…

Sure, the M-series can display a sharp, bright, and awesome 3-D picture, but only if you can see it through all it’s reflections. In my average living room, with only 2 windows with coverings and 2 table lamps, the glare kills dark scenes 9 out of 10 times, head on or on angle viewing. Unless you have a dark room, only watch at night, or have complete control over external and internal lighting placement in your room, BE WARNED. This was #1 for me, and coming from a 6-year old 40″ Sony LCD (Matte Screen) this was night and day in a bad way.

Secondly, dimming the lights also proved to be show-and-tell for the Vizio’s screen uniformity issues. And yes, I did calibrate the picture based on CNET, AVSforum and other setting, but you can’t hide all flaws with just settings. In low light/dark scenes the flash lighting from the corners, and blooming from the sides is quite noticeable, along with strange variations in brightness that would follow images down the sides of the screen.

Besides that the remote is only semi-responsive, although I do like the back-lighting and overall layout. As far as input design I found it strange that they are so close to the unit my Mediabridge HDMI cables barely fit, and even then took some extra force, time and effort to get the right angle. Just be warned if you have heavy-duty or thick shielding at the base of your cables, they might not fit and require a fairly sharp bend in the cable. Lastly, the lack of external controls, besides power on/off button could be an inconvenience if you misplace or damage the remote as we all do from time to time, you would be out of luck.

Like I said, the true test is in your home, with your settings, and none of these finding listed above, (besides the remote issues), was I aware of before my purchase. So maybe I’ll save a few from the hassle of a return with my honest real-world observations. It’s an attractive, slim and AFFORDABLE set with all the right features to make it competitive (minus some failed execution) that deserves a second look, just be sure it’s limitations (Listed Above) are not deal breakers for you as they were for me.

Luckily, Amazon has a great cost-free 30-day return policy, don’t take this for granted in case you find a TV slightly cheaper someplace else!

Just a little tip… Sharp is the only manufacture who still uses matte screens made for brighter or what I call NORMAL viewing conditions. They are not all the hype like the Vizio’s lately, but for this reviewer they are the answer and the replacement. See Sharp 857 Series / 757 Series / 750 Series / 650 Series – Got a 60″ 757 coming in hot by the end of the week :) Review to follow!

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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent value and the Passive 3D is really amazing, June 19, 2013

This review is from: VIZIO M551d-A2R 55-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D Smart LED HDTV (Electronics)

I just upgraded from a 50″ Samsung Plasma. I miss my plasma and it is my preferred choice, but I have a little one now and the idea of a 100lb TV with a glass front crashing down on her made the switch a necessity. I will say however, that the M Series made the switch a lot easier 😉

The Physical TV:

I went with the 55 inch from Best Buy that was on sale for the same here. Amazon said 3-5 weeks on ship time and I would have had to take time off work to be home when it arrived. I did have to pay the sales tax though, but it worked out just fine for my situation. First, it fit in the exact same space as my 50″ Plasma because of the razor edge design, so that was a nice bonus. Second, it really is easy on the eyes and very, very thin. I’m not the biggest fan of the silver, as all my devices are all black, but a week later and I don’t even notice it and its black around the front edge, so it really isn’t a big deal. The screen gloss is not as bad as my plasma, but perhaps more than what most LCD TV viewers are used to seeing. I guess the reason for this type of screen has to do with the Passive 3D, but I don’t find it problematic. Again, I’m used to full glass with plasma and I only get a lot of sun in that part of the house early in the morning. So far, even with the sun coming in, it hasn’t been an issue, although the cartoons my daughter watches in the morning are the very bright, newer looking shows like Littlest Pet Shop. Wow, I just mentioned Littlest Pet Shop in an electronics review. Its possible having a child has, in fact, destroyed my ability to relate to adults 😉

Picture Quality:

The picture quality is amazing, and that is saying a lot coming from plasma. I’m still playing with a lot of the settings and fine tuning the colors, but so far I prefer the Calibrated settings with some tweaks. I don’t like the soap opera effect, so during normal TV viewing, I turn the smooth motion off. However, I watch a lot of Cardinals baseball games and it looks great turned to high. I also prefer it with 3D as it eliminates a lot of cross talk and makes the image look more like a full 1080p image. More on 3D below. Update: I am no longer experimenting with smart dimming. Its an unusable setting IMHO. It creates too much blooming and flashlighting in the corners. I some may not notice it, but its way too noticible to me to be used. You can still get an outstanding picture with the feature off, so there is no reason to lower my 5 star score. Also, you might like it, so the take away is that you have a lot of options to adjust the Picture Quality just as you see fit. I will say, however, that I am not experiencing the screen bleeding at the edges that a lot of others are mentioning. This is an edge lit display, so some should be expected as it’s a drawback common with the technology, but for me, it isn’t an issue and certainly not a distraction of any kind. However, about a 1/4 in around the edge by the bezel, the pixels are slightly darker. Its not always noticeable and its likely a result of the 3D coating on the screen. All and all, the black levels are very impressive for a non-plasma tv, regardless of your settings. I promise you won’t be disappointed in the picture quality, regardless of you personal tastes.


I have to say that I’m a true fan of passive 3D and this TV’s 3D capabilities are a reason to own this set (so I’m hoping 3D doesn’t fizzle out and die – thanks ESPN 3D). I have viewed content in the form of Blu-ray, side-by-side/top-bottom on demand from cable and gaming with the PS3. I have not yet tried the Sensio 3D but I imagine it’s very good if their claims of maintaining higher resolution quality are true. I will likely download the 3DGO app and try it at some point. So to address a few common concerns, my TV arrived with firmware version 1.02 and I needed to upgrade to 1.04 before I could manually tell the TV to switch my Uverse signal to 3D. I followed the instructions for a service call addressed in another review and then waited. One person said you had to register your TV for the update, but for me, I just had to be patient. I am connected wirelessly and after about 3-4 days, it was updated. I didn’t have to even tell it to install, I just went into my system settings to get my serial number so I could register the set, and it was displaying 1.04 firmware. I immediately tested it with an On Demand preview and it worked perfectly. I was able to select 3D and then the type (top/bottom, side by side, Sensio). As far as the Smooth Motion, I actually like it in the 3D mode. With Jurassic Park, there are definitely some jerky moments unlike the other Blu-rays that we watched (The Hobbit and Avatar), but I still preferred that to the lower definition you get without it. I would just say play around with it to see if you like it. There are two ways to turn off the Smooth Motion in 3D. Either…

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