The connection panel includes four HDMI inputs but only one component video input--a trend we're seeing with many new higher-end models. It also has a PC input and an RF input to access the internal ATSC and Clear-QAM tuners (picture-in-picture functionality is available). The HDMI inputs accept both 1080p/60 and 1080p/24 signals, and one is located on the side panel for easy access. Also on the side panel are three USB ports for service only, not media playback. The Ethernet port is located on the rear panel. The SV472XVT lacks an RS-232 or IR port for integration into an advanced control system.
The SV472XVT has a solid array of picture controls, but it lacks some of the advanced options you get with higher-end models from other TV manufacturers. There are nine picture modes (four of which are tuned for sports programming) and four color-temperature settings, including a custom mode through which you can adjust RGB gain and offset to dial in a more accurate white balance. The TV lacks an ambient light sensor, an advanced gamma control and a color-management system to individually fine-tune the six color points. Instead, you get a Color Enhancement system that lets you choose between five color palettes: Off, Normal, Rich Color, Green/flesh, and Green/blue. Noise reduction is available, as is a Smart Dimming control that lets you turn the LED zone control on or off. The 240Hz function is controlled by two menu options: Real Cinema and Smooth Motion Effect. The Real Cinema setting lets you dictate an initial setting of Off, Precision, or Smooth; then, the Smooth Motion Effect menu lets you dictate the intensity level of the Smooth setting. Finally, the TV has five aspect-ratio options, including a Normal mode to view HD images without overscan and a newly added Zoom 1 mode to crop out extraneous noise when needed.
On the audio side, the setup menu includes five preset audio modes, plus a balance control, a lip sync function and an equalizer to fine-tune various frequencies. SRS TruSurround HD and SRS TruVolume are available.
The SV472XVT has EnergyStar 3.0 certification. This TV came out just before EnergyStar 4.0 went into effect, but Vizio does claim that the SV472XVT's power consumption is 50 percent below EnergyStar 3.0 requirements.
Read about the high points and the low points of the SV472XVT on Page 2.
• LCD viewing angles are not as good you'll find with a plasma TV.
• This TV lacks DLNA media streaming, and the USB ports do not appear to support media playback, although this could be enabled through a firmware update.
• The SV472XVT does not have an IR or RS-232 port.
• This TV lacks 3D capability.
The 2XVT Series takes what we liked about the original XVT models--especially the full-array LED system with Smart Dimming--and adds desirable features like built-in WiFi, video-on-demand streaming, and the Bluetooth remote with a full keyboard. With a more-than-competitive MSRP of $1,799.99, the SV472XVT brings the benefits of local-dimming LED technology to a larger audience, so it's a logical choice for the budget-minded shopper who desires a higher level of performance than the standard LCD TV can offer.