Hey guys a dude from the avgforums "eddiedz" posted some display settings that would make your Vizio 37" look marvelous. Here they are for HDMI (he used DVE settings via HDMI):
backlight: variable (20 for dark room/low lighting, 60 for bright room/daylight)
color temp: normal
progressive scan DVD player 480p:
(setting optimized for HD viewing)
color temp: normal
with those...it looks phenomenial.
Also I can't remember if someone posted the cnet's custom settings but those are pretty close to what he's got.
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I called the extended warranty service on the Vizio site to inquire about coverage for a refurb. The item is covered and eligible for onsite repair. Seems like a pretty good deal. Also, if you purchase with a Visa, your warranty is doubled. (i.e. 90 day x 2) Also, if you purchase a warranty, it is also doubled. So 2 yr warranty for 79.99 turns into a 4 yr warranty. Not too shabby!
Really?? So extended warranties are doubled as well?
I just called my Visa people and this is what I was told:
- Manufacturer's warranties are doubled (90 days = 180 days)
- Extended warranties they add 1 year to the end (buy a 2 year extended warranty = 3 years)
I registered mine on vizio's website and was able to buy a 4 year onsite warranty direct from them for $76 disclosing that it was a refurb.
Ordered Monday nite, mine arrived at noon today already! Got it inside and unboxed it quickly (curbside delivery only obviously, they called ahead to confirm I'd be home to sign).
Looks in fairly good condition, possibly some scuff-like marks in the black frame (could just be dirt but I'm leaning towards scuff, didn't have enough time before heading back to work). Doesn't look like scratches anywhere, just the scuffs (not sure how else to describe). Other than the scuffs it looks perfect so far so if that's the only problem, I'll be most pleased. This is just a bedroom TV anyway and plenty big for that.
Have not yet plugged it in. Box, packing, and all materials inside look as if the set was brand new. Here's hoping for no dead pixels or other unexpected issues once I turn 'er on tonite.
Anyone doubting the deal can now at least know that they ship fast and the set is indeed the VX37L - I believe deal is still alive.
mine arrived in perfect condition with no problems at all.
from PerlAddict(follow-up available below)
Got the one we ordered in today. I ran my Plasma Break-In DVD[avsforum.com], which is pretty useful in finding stuck/dead pixels (aside from a rather slow color cycle). I immediately noticed a pixel that was stuck as red when lighter color backgrounds were present. On blue backgrounds, it was a less noticeable green, and on red backgrounds it was hardly distinguishable. Upon powering the TV on and off a few times, I noticed a couple of others pixels that looked somewhat stuck as well when the screen would go all blue on startup. They weren't noticeable unless you got right up next to the screen, however.
I haven't taken the protective plastic off the bezel yet, but it looks immaculate from what I can tell. I actually prefer the face with its soft, rounded corners to my 50" Panasonic plasma with its stark angles.
As promised, I took some pictures. The box looked fine when I received it, by the way. Not sure why they made a note saying poor packaging ... there were a couple of dents in the box, but the LCD was well protected within by styrofoam at the corners ... something would really have to whack the box to be able to hit the screen.
(Warning - pics are fairly large ... I only reduced them by 50% before I uploaded them)
Bear in mind that the camera doesn't do the picture quality justice. The images look a tad bit blurry and more washed because I was holding the camera in my hands and not using a flash, as I didn't want any glare bouncing back off the screen from the picture.
I called up PC Connection this morning and was given to a a girl in customer service. She was very sweet and helpful. I told her about the stuck pixels, and she said it looked like the 90 day warranty was through them, so she would just schedule a replacement to be sent out, and that BAX would pick up the set for RMA on Friday, most likely, and the replacement should be here Friday or Monday (she was sending it out 2nd Day shipping).
I asked her what I should do if the replacement had stuck pixels, too, since they don't actually open the box to inspect anything there. She said just call back and we'd take it from there. I asked her about just going through Vizio for the warranty, and she said she was sure they'd warranty it, too, but she didn't imagine they'd have nearly the turn-around time PC Connection would for getting a replacement out. I'd kind of like to get it straight from Vizio as I'd feel better about the replacement's quality being assured instead of just getting another from PC Connection's stock that they've been sent, but I'm willing to give them first crack at a replacement if it means faster service.
I told her it was a shame, because the outside of the unit looks immaculate from what I can tell, if only it wasn't for those stuck pixels! And really, it's just the one bright-red stuck pixel that's a problem ... the others are just barely stuck and could probably be fixed if they really ended up bothering the guy we're giving it to. I don't think he'd ever notice them, though ... I had to put it on an all-black screen and leave it like that to inspect the panel and find them. I never would have seen them in normal operation.
Anywho ... I am extremely pleased with PC Connection's customer service and BAX's shipping. It's no fault of theirs that the Vizio had pixel issues, and I really appreciate them going the extra mile rather than just passing me off to the manufacturer like I think a lot of businesses would.
I just called PCConnection about the missing remote and manual etc etc and they told me they even got the package that way and are not able to open it up to verify anything. At the same time they aren't able to ship out spare boxes of the TV acccessories because they dont have extra in the warehouse. So they referred me directly to Vizio to handle this matter. And they were very nice too! I got registered and then transfered and talked to a level 2 customer support group or something and they told me we'll ship the accessories to you in 7-10 business days.
I already knew PCConnection was good but talk about awesome service with Vizio as well!
Oh and btw Perl rep for ya with all the help before
Actually I just checked and they again have the free shipping option so this deal is back from the dead!
Looks alive to me. And on the free shipping...
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Reason: Thanks to all who I had gotten all this info from.
Any idea what grade quality this is? I know there are several grades of Vizio refurbs - the ones on buy.com and TD seem to have been very high grades based on the reviews I read but I have seen reviews for other websites where people said the TV's were very poor quality (ie scratches, dead pixels, etc.)
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I will keep the slickdealers informed on what I get.
$499 after rebate is a damn good deal for a 37" LCD though....I been wanting one for the bedroom for some time now. Glad I held out on the buy.com refurb because this ends up being a good bit cheaper...although I am not a fan of rebates.
I called and asked about the Grade and the CSR didn't know for sure:
Here are some things to note:
- Refurbished by the manufacturer
- Most manufacturer refurbs are Grade B (according to what has been sold on buy.com, geeks and TD)
- If dead pixels are in it...replacement will be sent out.
Cosmetic scratches I can deal with....dead pixels I cannot
Did you possibly get that in writing any way or how? I mean, thats my biggest concern is getting one with dead pixels. I would hate to try and return it for another only to be told that isn't there policy.
That link is to a Vizio L37 tv for $499. The original posters link is to a VX37L, which is the latest 37" from Vizio and considered an improvement over the older L37. To my knowledge this deal hasn't had its own thread yet. Seems like a good buy, since its factory refurbished. They got good reviews on buy.com for the refurbs.
Ha, I was going to post this today. I did email them and they did confirm that the Tv's were factory refurbished by Vizio. Which is apparently they only kind of refurb you should buy.
I haven't dealt with their return policy.
Does anyone know if the zero dead/bright pixel policy applies to refurbs?
I mean, should I pull the trigger on this? Can't imagine finding a highly rated 37" LCD for under $500 shipped to your door anytime soon.
I got mine from buy.com today. I payed 80 bucks more, but the tv is awesome. Im no expert on HD and all that, however the tv I got is in impecable shape. not a scratch on it. I cant say that will be the case for everyone, but mine is awesome. the picture is awesome, no dead pixels, or any type of pixel problems. could not be happier. even if you lucky bastards are getting it 80 bucks cheaper. good luck though. hope you all get great refurbs as well!
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