Vizio has rocketed to the top of the heap as far as TV's go these days. Their first offerings were dismay failures, but the products they are putting out now are extremely competitive in pricing, features and quality. My 55" VF550M replaced a 42" Hitachi plasma that was adaquate but not great. the difference between my old tv and the vizio is night and day. The step up in size was the first thing I noticed, it looked nearly 2x the size. being such a large screen it took 2 people to safely mount on my entertainment center. I chose to mount on a swinging pivot arm not the supplied base. set up was super easy as with all these tvs now with HDMI. of which there are 5. (eddie izzard reference for all you nerds out there). The picture is decent right out of the box, but can improve tremendously if you take the time to calibrate your screen using the various techniques out there. When viewing blu-rays from my panasonic BD player, it's spectacular. black levels are quite nice. there are of course better out there, but not at this price range. PC gaming or HTPC usage is awesome at the native 1920x1080 resolution. PS3 games look amazing.
Sugar Land, TX