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Help me to decide Vizio SV420XVT or Samsung LN40A550

02-16-2009, 06:21 AM
Hello everyone,
I just decided to upgrade to a 1080p TV as the price for these TVs start going down. I did a couple researches as well as going through some reviews and I narrow down my options to the Vizio SV420XVT and the Samsung LN40A550.
I have a couple questions and hopefully you can give me some inputs and suggestions. I actually went to Costco and Fry's to see these TVs and both caught my eyes for great image quality.
The Vizio comes with the 120Hz technology and I've seen some mixed opinions about it, some say it's worth the extra money but others don't think so. Btw I'm gonna use the TV mainly for watching movie and playing game. I do understand the fact that 120Hz will give a better and smoother image when viewing such fast-pace motion but there's not really a difference in image quality is it?
And for the Samsung, it doesn't have 120Hz support but with a much higher contrast ratio (some say the black level on the Vizio isn't that great) and also with great the image quality. The only negative thing that I've heard is the panel as they have like 8-10 of them. I don't really know what panel (S, C, A....) would be best so it would be great if anyone could let me know more info about this.
I also consider the Vizio VO42L at Costco that on sale for $599 or $699 after $100 coupon but somehow I still like the 2 above better. :D Ignoring the price for both, which one would be my best bet in your opinion?
Thanks in advance.

04-06-2009, 07:20 AM
just curious to see if you made a decision, I too am currently undecided between Vizio and Samsung. mostly b/c the quality for Samsungs are typically poor historically.

04-06-2009, 11:14 AM
just curious to see if you made a decision, I too am currently undecided between Vizio and Samsung. mostly b/c the quality for Samsungs are typically poor historically.

I purchased the Vizio SV420XVT1A at Costco this weekend and I have to say that I am very happy with my decision. I will temper my feedback by saying this is my first HDTV, so I'm not exactly an expert. However, I have to say that if there is a better picture to be had, then I would like to see it. For $899, getting a 42" 1080p, 120hz is a great value. I watch a lot of sports, including the NCAA tourney games on Saturday, and there was no judder or motion effects at all. The picture almost looked 3D at times. I watched those games in 1080i on DTV.

I don't know anything about the Samsung you are looking at, but the Vizio is outstanding. I know the biggest negative I read in the professional reviews was about the black levels, and I kept an eye out for this last night and if black gets blacker, then it's got to be very marginal and I don't think I would notice at all.

As long as the Vizio lasts, I will be thrilled with this TV.

04-06-2009, 11:47 AM
thanks for your input pal... I went ahead on got a refurbished Vizio on ebay for $500 (37" 60hz). I guess I'll find out how good it really is when I get it in a few days.

04-06-2009, 08:23 PM
personally I would have went with the samsung but I don't know how the vizio looks like but i heard that it looks pretty good for the money..but sometimes you don't always get what you pay for in some of the samsungs :(

04-10-2009, 10:31 AM
If you do not remove the referral links for your commissions then I will delete your posts. ;)

04-10-2009, 03:18 PM
I've had the Vizio SV420XVT1A since November and love it! It's my first HD TV, too, but I did a lot of research. For the money, I still haven't seen anything comparable. Yeah, the black levels are less than desirable, but TVs at the store are relative. It's never bothered me since I've had it home.

04-10-2009, 08:37 PM
I'm happy I went with the 120hz on my Sammy 650, I know the 550 is 60hz so you may want to research the Vizio to see if the judder issue is resolved and determine if it even matteres to you.

04-11-2009, 11:37 AM
buydakota(dot)com has 42" vizio svt for $699 with free shipping, as well as other vizio models. Just thought I would share in case any one was interested.