ReSource Group to Represent VIZIO in Canada

ReSource Group Canada has announced that it recently concluded an agreement with Vizio, Inc. to represent Vizio in Canada. Based in Irvine, CA, Vizio offers a broad range of LCD televisions (both CCFL- and LED-illuminated), as well as other CE products, such as Blu-ray players.

According to iSuppli Corporation, a California-based market-research company, Vizio shipped more LCD televisions in the U.S. during 2009 than any other vendor. At CES, John Schindler, VP of New Product Development for Vizio, told Marketnews that the company plans to make a major push into Canada during 2010.

ReSource Group says its is preparing programs and marketing initiatives to expand distribution and bring Vizio products to the Canadian consumer, in partnership with Vizio.

“We are honoured by the appointment to represent Vizio in Canada,” said Claus K. Lenk, president of ReSource Group Canada in a prepared statement. “We are very truly impressed with Vizio management and their commitment to the Canadian marketplace

Source: marketnews.ca

VIZIO VF551XVT LED LCD Television Review

I’m a big fan of LED TVs when they are done right – and Vizio seems to really be getting the hang of this new technology. Their latest heavy hitter, the VF551XVT, has a very consistent brightness uniformity – something that is lacking in many of the new LCD-backlit displays. It also reproduces blacks with an uncanny darkness that all but mimics the drool-inspiring qualities of much-heralded plasma displays. For just over $2000, this television is well above average in its value and something that will bring years of quality enjoyment to many homes.

To read more of this review please click here.

Price of Vizio TruLED HDTV

Whether you’re replacing an aging flat panel or just now dipping into the HDTV waters, the Vizio TruLED HDTV ($2,200) should be on your list. With a unique TruLED system of 960 individual LEDs divided into 80 control groups, the set is able to achieve a 2,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio, with darker blacks and brighter whites then standard backlighting solutions.

Other features include 240Hz operation via a combination of a 120Hz panel and scanning backlight, Full HD 1080p resolution, SRS TruSurround and TruVolume audio technologies, and more. Sure, it’s no Triluminos XBR8, but it’s also a lot, lot cheaper, and isn’t as likely to require a tech wizard to fix should something go wrong.

Americans will buy about 35 million televisions this year, and Japan’s Sony and Korea’s Samsung are two of the biggest brand names.

Upstart Digital Television Maker Leads IndustryTuesday,

By Wendy Kaufman

Americans will buy about 35 million televisions this year, and Japan’s Sony and Korea’s Samsung are two of the biggest brand names.

But there’s a California company sharing the top of the list with those industry leaders: Vizio.

Like many other American brands, the Orange County-based upstart doesn’t manufacture anything in the U.S. Vizio made its mark as the low-priced value brand. It was at the right place at the right time, with the right idea.

Back in 2001, Vizio’s three founders had a company that was making computer monitors, but co-founder Ken Lowe says the trio was looking for the next big thing,

“We thought that flat panel TVs looked really nice,” says Lowe, who heads the company’s engineering department. “But a really nice plasma TV cost about $8,000, and we thought, ‘That’s too rich for us.’ ”

However, Lowe and his partners thought, “We know how these things are made; they shouldn’t cost that much.”

A Disruptive Company

The three worked their connections in the manufacturing world in Asia and created a 42-inch plasma TV that retailed for less than half the going price.

“At that time, we called ourselves a ‘disruptive company,’ because our price was so much lower than the competition,” Lowe says.

Vizio’s TVs sold briskly, and the company was soon producing well-priced products under its own name. Today it’s among the top three sellers of TVs to U.S. consumers.

Industry analyst Paul Gagnon, of the market research firm Display Search, calls Vizio’s rise very surprising: “They’ve managed to kind of catch lightning in a bottle — quick moving, aggressive, highly focused company.”

Vizio had the foresight to jump into the market just as the industry was converting from old technology to digital TVs. That meant that all the manufacturers were, to some degree at least, starting from square one. But while the established firms had large legacy costs, Vizio did not.

“We’re like outsourcing on steroids, right,” Lowe says. “It’s myself here and a few other engineers. That’s it for Vizio.”

New Pressure From Competitors

Lowe says only about 130 people work at the company headquarters, and a couple of dozen more work in another U.S. facility. All the manufacturing, along with the detailed design work, is done primarily in Asia.

“I specify exactly what picture performance I require, what inputs I require. I get these teams of engineers to sit down and work out all the circuitry to make that happen,” Lowe says. “I like to say I’ve got a thousand engineers working for me, but they’re all paid by another company … in Asia.”

He chuckles a bit as he says this, but he adds that building TVs in the U.S. would require a huge capital investment — and right now, at least, Vizio isn’t about to make it.

The company buys the flat panels — the major component in TVs — directly from the suppliers, sometimes the very same suppliers that make panels for more expensive brands. Because Vizio sells so many TVs, it has the clout to negotiate good prices on the parts it buys.

There’s yet another factor in the value price equation.

From the very beginning, Vizio sold its TVs through Costco and at Sam’s Club, Walmart and, more recently, Target. Those retailers generally work on smaller profit margins, and that’s helped to keep Vizio’s prices low.

Industry analyst Gagnon says there’s no question that Vizio has been instrumental in driving down the cost of digital TVs.

“Vizio made a lot of big companies blink,” he says.

At first, the well-established leaders didn’t pay that much attention to the new company. But Gagnon says that as Vizio began selling lots of TVs with premium features and low prices, the industry giants had to respond. They did, cutting their prices and putting new pressure on Vizio.

How Vizio TV Reviews Help You Make the Best Buy

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Vizio is a leading player in the HDTV market and enjoys popularity for its quality products. As the company is introducing various new models to its HDTV list, people are looking for the best sources that can provide them information regarding these models so that they can make the best buy. With Internet as a major source of information, many people turn to online Vizio TV reviews to know more about the models. There are many benefits of going through the online reviews while purchasing Vizio HDTV. The reviews are the perfect guides for you when it comes to making the most informed decision about the purchasing.

HDTVs are long term investment. While purchasing Vizio HDTV you are assured that you are taking home one of the best HDTV model in the world. But, it’s not the brand only that makes a TV really reliable and useful for you. When you consider functionalities, any model from Vizio can provide you great entertainment and satisfaction. But, not all models can satisfy your purpose. You need to be selective about the models while investing in one of them. in such a scenario, Vizio HDTV reviews will help you compare various models from Vizio and zero in on the best one. Whether you are a first time buyer of an HDTV model or have already experience of buying HDTV, you can get latest information about all the Vizio HDTV models.

Let’s discuss about the points that you can find in Vizio reviews and that are important for you to know while buying an HDTV model from the company.

Technology and Technical Terms Used in a Particular Model
Vizio HDTV reviews make a lot of difference to your knowledge about the HDTV models. In every review you can find description about the Vizio TV models and the technologies incorporated in it. Apart from the technology, it is important that you should get familiar with the terms and initials used for different parts of the models. Reviews are the great source for such crucial information.

Feature and Specification Found in the Models
Features and specifications are important part of HDTVs that make the models differ from each other. Vizio is continuously introducing new features to its latest HDTV models. Information about these latest features are easily available in the product reviews of the models. There are some HDTV models with specific types of features that are unique to the models only. You can go through the Vizio reviews to discover details about the model features.

Users’ Comment on the Reviews
While buying an HDTV remark on a model by the users make a lot of difference to the buying decision. Often, Vizio TV reviews from users come with opinion about a specific feature of a specific model. At times, you will find users giving their views comparing their old and new HDTV models. These comments are of great help for you.

If you are a prospective HDTV buyer, don’t forget to read vizio reviews that can help to take right decision on HDTV.

Dream HDTVs on a budget

Dream HDTVs on a budget:

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Even in tough economic times, the desire for entertainment is strong and the pull of those dazzling high-definition screens can lead consumers to spend when they should save. If you find yourself about to plop down a wad of cash for a new HDTV, make sure you’ve done your research first. High-end features and impressive displays aren’t always outrageously expensive. There are relatively affordable options that can provide a viewer with the luxury they crave and still leave their bank accounts solvent.

A great way to save money on a cutting-edge television is to opt for a smaller screen. Sony, Sharp and Vizio all have reasonably sized 32-inch options in their high-end LCD lines that offer surprisingly advanced features at a low cost. The Sharp LC32LE700UN is perhaps the most appealing of these deals. This 32-inch LCD television utilizes an LED backlight, which is capable of displaying deeper contrasts and more vivid colors than the traditional fluorescent backlights found in older LCD TVs.

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The LC32LE700UN is the current pinnacle of high-definition display technology, but it’s available at a bargain basement price, just around $750, at select online stores. The Sony KDL-32XBR9 and Vizio SV320XVT are also similarly priced, and represent the entry-level models of their respective brand’s high-end series, the well-regarded Sony XBR line and the all-new Vizio XVT line.

The idea of Vizio offering a high-end line might seem like an oxymoron. The brand has become synonymous with bargain televisions–but its reputation for good quality and low prices has made it one of the most popular LCD TV manufacturers in North America.

The majority of Vizio’s success, however, comes from the sale of smaller-sized TVs like the 32-inch SV320XVT. When it comes to larger screens, consumers tend to flock toward the more familiar brands like Sony and Samsung. The XVT line is Vizio’s attempt to broaden its portfolio to include both itself low-cost, smaller-sized LCDs and luxurious, big-screen TVs with cutting-edge features. At the same time, Vizio seems to be successfully keeping its costs down and its screen price tags low.

The Vizio SV422XVT is set to debut this November and could very well be a watershed in the evolution of high-definition television. For only $1,199 (a suggested retail price that is sure to drop upon its actual release), viewers can take home a 42-inch LCD display with all the fixings, including full 1080p resolution and the much-talked about 240Hz refresh rate, which eliminates blur and allows for super-smooth images.

That price tag is more than reasonable but it seems like Vizio is really aiming to launch a shock and awe campaign: The SV422XVT will be part of its “connected” series of Internet-enabled televisions. These models will connect to your home network wirelessly and be capable of streaming online video content directly to your TV screen. For now, Vizio has entered partnerships with Netflix, Blockbuster and Showtime, among others, to serve up on-demand video to its XVT-series televisions. Though other brands, particularly LG and Panasonic, have introduced online connectivity in their televisions, none have yet matched Vizio in the breadth and scope of available content.

Plasma televisions have always been a great way to save money without sacrificing quality. Compared with LCD televisions, plasma screens allow for larger screens and lower prices. According to a recent report from Quixel Research, consumers have been flocking to plasma televisions in recent months, pushing second quarter sales of plasmas up 42% over the first quarter of 2009.

When you look at a television like the 42-inch Panasonic TC-P42G10, it’s easy to see why. With a price tag around $1,000, this Panasonic (like the Vizio SV422XVT) is a connected HDTV, though its online abilities are still limited to a handful of sites like YouTube and Amazon On Demand. Nevertheless, the cinematic experience of plasma, coupled with such alluring low prices, make this a hard to resist buy for smart, frugal consumers.

Other manufacturers are getting creative in their efforts to help consumers save money and make their products more attractive. Rather than try and sell shoppers separate high-definition TVs and Blu-Ray disc players, Sharp has simply combined the two in a convenient, low-cost alternative. The Sharp LC46BD80U is a 46-inch LCD television with full 1080p resolution and a snappy side-loading Blu-Ray disc player. Originally priced at $1,799, it can be found at more competitive stores for around $1,300. It saves you money and space as well, by eliminating the need for a separate media box.

Just because budgets are tighter doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the finer things in life. A good, high-performance high-definition television is still attainable and smart consumers who know what to look for and are conscious of how to find the best deals can enjoy them without worrying about the creeping pangs of buyer’s remorse.

ViewSonic Doubles Down on LCDs

When name-brand 17-inch CRT displays cost $500 — about 10 years ago — ViewSonic’s cheaper models offered a viable, quality alternative to units from Apple and others. When my expensive Apple display died in the 1990s, I became a satisfied customer of a new ViewSonic tube-based model.

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And when LCD technology superseded CRTs, ViewSonic, like so many other CE companies, decided to expand its product line by introducing LCD HDTVs, again competing on price. The company has had a limited number of TV-based products, but this week it introduced a range of six new LCD TVs. But with so many competitors in the TV space, it’s not clear what advantage ViewSonic is offering.

The new sets range in size from a 42-inch model, down to 20, 23-, and 26-inch offerings that the company sees as serving dual roles as TVs and desktop monitors. The 23, 32, 37, and 42 inch models offer 1080p resolution, while the 20-inch is a 1600 x 900 display, and the 26-inch comes in 1366 x 768 resolution. (The company was unable to source 1080p panels in those latter two sizes.) None of the sets offer 120Hz refresh rate.

The TVs come with a full complement of what are now expected (and required) features: multiple HDMI ports, digital and cable tuners, and SRS sound. According to Gene Ornstead, ViewSonic’s director of DTV and business development, the sets offer “a great price, and a great value. They’re lower in price than tier one brands.”

Not necessarily. For example, Amazon’s price on the new ViewSonic 42-inch N4285 model is $917. You can also pick up a Vizio set in that size (with 120Hz refresh rate) for $950. An even better deal is Panasonic’s 1080p plasma set (also with three HDMI inputs) for $807. ViewSonic’s 32-inch VT3245 has a suggested retail price of $649; Samsung’s LN32B530 model is available for $674.

The price comparison holds true in smaller sizes as well. ViewSonic’s 23-inch VT2342 model is listed at CompSource for $301. But Samsung sells its P2370HD 1080p model at Amazon for $310 (although the Samsung has only one HDMI input compared to ViewSonic’s three).

ViewSonic’s smaller TVs might make sense for those looking for a combo TV/PC display. If you’re interested in checking them out, they’re available at Fry’s, Micro Center, VAR channels, and various online stores such as Amazon and Buy.com.

Yet it’s hard to see how the company will attract many new customers when it’s trying to compete against the big, well-established brands, without offering any sharply different features or price advantage.