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Quick Take: Vizio XVT3D4SV series

Vizio announces a new line of 3D LED TVs called the XVT3D4SV, which is based on the company's Editors' Choice Award-winning XVT3SV series.

Vizio's XVT3SV series earned an Editors' Choice Award for its excellent picture quality at an affordable price, and now the company is following that success by adding 3D. The new XVT3D4SV series appears to be almost identical to the XVT3SV, plus 3D capability. Here's a quick glance at the highlights.

Key features of the XVT3D4SV series:

  • 3D-compatible (active glasses not included)
  • 480Hz refresh rate
  • Local-dimming LED backlight on two larger sizes (42-inch is edge-lit)
  • 160 dimming zones on 47-inch model; 120 on the 55-inch model
  • Vizio Apps platform, which supports Netflix, Amazon VOD, Vudu, Rhapsody, and Pandora
  • 5 HDMI 1.4 inputs
  • Built-in 801.11N Wi-Fi
  • Available in December 2010

Models in the XVT3D4SV series:

  • Vizio XVT3D554SV (55-inch, $2,400 list)
  • Vizio XVT3D474SV (47-inch, $1,800)
  • Vizio XVT3D424SV (42-inch, $1,400)

Comparing the prices between the 2D and 3D series on Vizio's Web site as of December 13, 2010, the premium for 3D is $200, $231 and $121, respectively, for the 55-, 47-, and 42-inchers. Also, as noted above, the 42-inch member of the 3D series uses an edge-lit, not a local-dimming, backlight.

Vizio first announced its 3D TVs at CES under the name XVTPRO. Since then the company has changed the name to XVT3D4SV and dropped the huge 72-inch member of the series. The current series also doesn't include the optional wireless base station option mentioned in the original announcement. It does use the same 480Hz spec touted by LG in its LX9500 series, but we don't expect that to provide any visible improvement over 240Hz.

Vizio is currently listing a price of $80 each or $125/pair for its active-shutter 3D glasses, which can be recharged via a USB cable. The company has abandoned the Sensio/XpanD glasses mentioned in the original release and has gone with a different provider.

Although the 2D-only XVT3SV series did well in our testing, we wouldn't automatically assume that the XVT3D4SV will provide an excellent 3D experience. In fact, when we compared six 3D TVs earlier this year, LCD and LED-backlit models performed significantly worse than plasma in 3D image quality. Of course, we won't be able to judge how the XVT3SV series handles the third dimension until we get our hands on a review sample, so stay tuned for more info in 2011.