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Vizio VO320E LCD HDTV Review

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Viewing Effects

Viewing Effects Summary
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Viewing Angle*(4.6)*


The Vizio VO320E does not have a particularly impressive viewing angle, which we measured at 19.52 degrees from center. This is the point at which the contrast ratio on the display will fall below 50% of maximum. Below you can see the VO320E's viewing angle compared to other HDTVs. It actually is the best of the LCD bunch, not surprising as these are all low-end models and rarely do low-end LCDs have a good viewing angle. With the Panasonic TC-P42X1, however, you can see the big benefit that plasma televisions get in viewing angle.

Viewing Angle
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Despite the poor viewing angle for contrast we did find that colors held up reasonably well as the viewing angle changed, with no solarization or inversion of colors occuring.

 

Reflectance*(4.25)*


The Vizio VO320E's display makes a valiant effort to diffuse light, but the unfortunate result is a large messy bright spot on the screen, something that is very annoying, especially when watching dark movies. We recommend you place your lights carefully in the room with this television.

 

Video Processing*(2.0)*


As with most HDTVs the Vizio VO320E offes a variety of different video processing options that are meant to help improve picture quality in certain situations. In the table below we look at each of these options and describe what we saw.

Setting Claimed Function Our Impression
Noise Reduction 'Reduce Background Picture Noise when present' Significant reduction in visible noise.
Color Enhancement 'Select Alternate Color Performance Capabilities' No discernable effect.
Advanced Adaptive Luma 'Improve Details in Dark Areas of the Picture' Some effect on dark areas, but not significant.
Backlight Control 'Adjust the intensity of the display illumination' Minor effect on visible contrast.

As you can see the noise reduction feature can be a significant help, especially with broadcast channels that have a lot of noise. The other features had minor or no effects in our time with the television.

 

Compare the Vizio VO320E to other HDTVs
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LG 32LH20 32' Samsung LN32B360 32' Panasonic TC-P42X1 42'
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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Formats & Media
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Vs LG 32LH20
  14. Vs Samsung LN32B360
  15. Vs Panasonic TCP42X1
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
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