Vizio P50HDTV 50" Plasma TV

50" - 16:9 - HDTV - MPN: P50HDTV10A
Product Details
Description
The VIZIO P50 HDTV widescreen 50 plasma TV offers a HDTV display capability at 720P and 1080i allowing you to enjoy high definition content in either format. This product offers a high brightness at a 1366 x 768 native resolution. Using VCV (VIZIO color vision), this plasma TV can display 6,144 shades of gray in 231 Billion colors for a brilliant, colorful picture.
Quick Glance
Digital Tuner ATSC
Audio Video Connectors HDMI Yes, VGA Yes, Component Video Yes, S-Video Yes, Composite Video Yes, Digital Audio Yes, Headphone Yes
Display Type Plasma TV
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Brightness 1000 Nit
Expert Reviews
Vizio P50HDTV10A 50 in.
3 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Vizio P50HDTV10A 50 In. receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 2.35 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #55 plasma flat panel TV of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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Vizio P50
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 21, 2008

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User Reviews
This TV is junk
1 Star Review   By member duana67 - Sep 24, 2009   

Strengths: good picture for first 18 months

Weakness: tv will quit working in under 2 years

We bought our tv in March of 08, yesterday i was watching tv and i heard a loud pop and then all of a sudden the picture and sound no longer work. The repairs are gonna cost almost as much as a new set. Vizio knows that this happens, but they are not willing to refund or replace. Never buy anything from Vizio!!!!!

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Vizio 50" plasma TV
2 Star Review     

Strengths: Hard to beat Plasma. Great picture

Weakness: Unreliable, TV shuts off intermittantly. Sound is poor.

I bought this VISIO 50" plasma TV on Oct. 2007. The picture is great, compared to LCD, Plasma is better. I have not seen another TV that compares to the picture quality. Recommend using a quality surround sound system. built-in tunner in the updated TV's is terrible. The orginal set I bought, intermittantly shut off. Made a popping noise and the screen went blank. Hit the power button and waited tell the power indicator light went to Orange. The TV would come back on. This problem was never consident. VISIO sent out a repair company to fix the problem, no change. The TV was replaced by a reman. system, no change. I received a updated new 50" plasma. The problem has not happened yet. This whole problem happened between 2007 and 2008 (under warranty). I'm sold on Plasma screens. I do like the the TV, I don't trust VISIO's product. The distribution company that dropped off the new TV has delivered alot of these VISIO TV's, because of this problem. I don't recommend this product.

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p50HDM 50" Plasma
1 Star Review   By member mguch - Apr 13, 2008   

Strengths: Great when it works

Weakness: It no longer works

I bought my vizio in Jan of 2006. Yesterday I would have wrote an awsome review because I was completely satisfied but tonight my Vizio Plasma stopped working. I heard two loud pops and the picture went blank. After searching the web for answers I found that many, many people had the same experience that I had. There is a fatal flaw in these TV's that cost big bucks to fix if your warrenty is up. I paid $2600 just over two years ago so I figure that I rented this Plasma for $100 per month. And now I will buy a better known brand. Good luck to all of you who have one but don't forget to update your review in about two years when yours stops working. I recommend your try to return it before your warrenty expires and buy a better on.

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P50HDTV10A 50
5 Star Review   By member ygkala2007 - Feb 12, 2008   

Strengths: Nice picture,sound system, strong functions and easy to set up

Weakness: I did not find a black tv set,but it is not a big deal

I have been looking for a while and what a deal it was cost me $1250.00. I had this TV a couple of months. Very satisfied. Much better picture and sound system than a lot of similar yet higher priced sets.

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Very Pleased
5 Star Review   By nccookie231 on OnSale.com - Dec 6, 2007   

Strengths: Looks Great! Great picture quality and sound and it didn't break my budget.

Weakness: So far, none.

After a month-long search of on-line and in-store deals, I finally settled on the refurb Vizio. We have had it for a month hooked up to regular satellite reception, so I have not yet called to connect to HDTV, but the picture is Great! It was easy to hookup...came with excellent directions and the picture quality has exceeded my expectations. I can't wait for our Super Bowl party!

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Vizio 50
5 Star Review   By member tonyr669 - Oct 18, 2007   

Strengths: Size, ease of use, picture quality, number of inputs.

Weakness: non illuminated remote, speaker are not detachable.

amazing picture quality, and this is my 4th HD TV so I am no newbie. More features than my friends Panasonic 50" plasma, and the picture is NEARLY as good. The difference is he paid more than $2000 more for his. I had so much money left over I bought the Vixio 42" plasma for bedroom, and still paid less for the 2 TV's than my friend paid for his one Panasonic. Picture in picture, side by side, HDMI input, you name it, the thing has it all. Do noy hesitate, this TV rocks!

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Very Satisfied
4 Star Review   By member pushkarphadke - Sep 20, 2007   

Strengths: Excellent picture quality, specially sports in HDTV. Looks specially good with 1080i and an upcoverting DVD player.

Weakness: The fan is a little noisy. While there are no major flaws, the blacks seem a little weak. Another problem is that the Tv gets hot after an hour of use.

While I am sure there are better plasma tv's out there for a higher price, this tv fits in well with a budget minded consumer. It certainly gives you a bang for your buck. I would make sure and add an extended warranty on it though.

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Recommended.
5 Star Review   By member koukou - Aug 20, 2007   

Strengths: Good image sharpness and beautiful big screen while compact size.

Weakness: There is no weakness.

The TV set has been purchased by me with the aim of TV broadcasts comfort watching improving. I am very happy with this TV set. Its big screen has given me an ability not to stress my eyes while watching and an opportunity of almost participating in the live on the screen. The simplicity of setting it up on the wall of my small room has economized its precious space.

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A nice TV set.
4 Star Review   By member qwr - Aug 19, 2007   

Strengths: Picture, sound, and overal experience.

Weakness: Remote control design, weight, and absence of any input socets upfront.

Even thought I rated the picture quality as strength, it has an annoying flow. It's the High Definition video size. My previous TV was able to stretch the picture to fill the entire screen; however, this model seem doesn't have that useful function. It especially noticeable, when the local news switches from the full screen broadcast to the reduced size within one program from comment to comment. The manufacturer should update that with their next software patch.

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What a great TV!
4 Star Review   By member Aloeman - Jun 5, 2007   

Strengths: Price, Picture Quality, Brightness

Weakness: Remote, Speakers

I really like this TV. Got a great deal on it and I am enjoying it a lot. It is huge! It is heavier than an lCD that I have, but I think this TV has a better picture. Not really anything bad to say for the price

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Product Details
Description
The VIZIO P50 HDTV widescreen 50 plasma TV offers a HDTV display capability at 720P and 1080i allowing you to enjoy high definition content in either format. This product offers a high brightness at a 1366 x 768 native resolution. Using VCV (VIZIO color vision), this plasma TV can display 6,144 shades of gray in 231 Billion colors for a brilliant, colorful picture.
Quick Glance
Digital Tuner ATSC
Audio Video Connectors HDMI Yes, VGA Yes, Component Video Yes, S-Video Yes, Composite Video Yes, Digital Audio Yes, Headphone Yes
Display Type Plasma TV
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Brightness 1000 Nit
Summary
Product Title Vizio P50HDTV 50" Plasma TV
Manufacturer Vizio
Power Score 4.0 | 21 Reviews
Display Panel
Contrast Ratio: 10,000:1
Diagonal Screen Size: 50 in
Physical Specifications
Depth Without Stand: 12.2 in
Weight: 122 lbs
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Expert Reviews
Vizio P50HDTV10A 50 in.
3 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Vizio P50HDTV10A 50 In. receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 2.35 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #55 plasma flat panel TV of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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Vizio P50
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 21, 2008

TestSeek.com has collected 5 expert reviews for Vizio P50 and the average expert rating is 75 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use TestSeek.com to find all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
This TV is junk
1 Star Review   By member duana67 - Sep 24, 2009   

Strengths: good picture for first 18 months

Weakness: tv will quit working in under 2 years

We bought our tv in March of 08, yesterday i was watching tv and i heard a loud pop and then all of a sudden the picture and sound no longer work. The repairs are gonna cost almost as much as a new set. Vizio knows that this happens, but they are not willing to refund or replace. Never buy anything from Vizio!!!!!

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Vizio 50" plasma TV
2 Star Review     

Strengths: Hard to beat Plasma. Great picture

Weakness: Unreliable, TV shuts off intermittantly. Sound is poor.

I bought this VISIO 50" plasma TV on Oct. 2007. The picture is great, compared to LCD, Plasma is better. I have not seen another TV that compares to the picture quality. Recommend using a quality surround sound system. built-in tunner in the updated TV's is terrible. The orginal set I bought, intermittantly shut off. Made a popping noise and the screen went blank. Hit the power button and waited tell the power indicator light went to Orange. The TV would come back on. This problem was never consident. VISIO sent out a repair company to fix the problem, no change. The TV was replaced by a reman. system, no change. I received a updated new 50" plasma. The problem has not happened yet. This whole problem happened between 2007 and 2008 (under warranty). I'm sold on Plasma screens. I do like the the TV, I don't trust VISIO's product. The distribution company that dropped off the new TV has delivered alot of these VISIO TV's, because of this problem. I don't recommend this product.

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p50HDM 50" Plasma
1 Star Review   By member mguch - Apr 13, 2008   

Strengths: Great when it works

Weakness: It no longer works

I bought my vizio in Jan of 2006. Yesterday I would have wrote an awsome review because I was completely satisfied but tonight my Vizio Plasma stopped working. I heard two loud pops and the picture went blank. After searching the web for answers I found that many, many people had the same experience that I had. There is a fatal flaw in these TV's that cost big bucks to fix if your warrenty is up. I paid $2600 just over two years ago so I figure that I rented this Plasma for $100 per month. And now I will buy a better known brand. Good luck to all of you who have one but don't forget to update your review in about two years when yours stops working. I recommend your try to return it before your warrenty expires and buy a better on.

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P50HDTV10A 50
5 Star Review   By member ygkala2007 - Feb 12, 2008   

Strengths: Nice picture,sound system, strong functions and easy to set up

Weakness: I did not find a black tv set,but it is not a big deal

I have been looking for a while and what a deal it was cost me $1250.00. I had this TV a couple of months. Very satisfied. Much better picture and sound system than a lot of similar yet higher priced sets.

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Very Pleased
5 Star Review   By nccookie231 on OnSale.com - Dec 6, 2007   

Strengths: Looks Great! Great picture quality and sound and it didn't break my budget.

Weakness: So far, none.

After a month-long search of on-line and in-store deals, I finally settled on the refurb Vizio. We have had it for a month hooked up to regular satellite reception, so I have not yet called to connect to HDTV, but the picture is Great! It was easy to hookup...came with excellent directions and the picture quality has exceeded my expectations. I can't wait for our Super Bowl party!

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Vizio 50
5 Star Review   By member tonyr669 - Oct 18, 2007   

Strengths: Size, ease of use, picture quality, number of inputs.

Weakness: non illuminated remote, speaker are not detachable.

amazing picture quality, and this is my 4th HD TV so I am no newbie. More features than my friends Panasonic 50" plasma, and the picture is NEARLY as good. The difference is he paid more than $2000 more for his. I had so much money left over I bought the Vixio 42" plasma for bedroom, and still paid less for the 2 TV's than my friend paid for his one Panasonic. Picture in picture, side by side, HDMI input, you name it, the thing has it all. Do noy hesitate, this TV rocks!

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Very Satisfied
4 Star Review   By member pushkarphadke - Sep 20, 2007   

Strengths: Excellent picture quality, specially sports in HDTV. Looks specially good with 1080i and an upcoverting DVD player.

Weakness: The fan is a little noisy. While there are no major flaws, the blacks seem a little weak. Another problem is that the Tv gets hot after an hour of use.

While I am sure there are better plasma tv's out there for a higher price, this tv fits in well with a budget minded consumer. It certainly gives you a bang for your buck. I would make sure and add an extended warranty on it though.

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Recommended.
5 Star Review   By member koukou - Aug 20, 2007   

Strengths: Good image sharpness and beautiful big screen while compact size.

Weakness: There is no weakness.

The TV set has been purchased by me with the aim of TV broadcasts comfort watching improving. I am very happy with this TV set. Its big screen has given me an ability not to stress my eyes while watching and an opportunity of almost participating in the live on the screen. The simplicity of setting it up on the wall of my small room has economized its precious space.

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A nice TV set.
4 Star Review   By member qwr - Aug 19, 2007   

Strengths: Picture, sound, and overal experience.

Weakness: Remote control design, weight, and absence of any input socets upfront.

Even thought I rated the picture quality as strength, it has an annoying flow. It's the High Definition video size. My previous TV was able to stretch the picture to fill the entire screen; however, this model seem doesn't have that useful function. It especially noticeable, when the local news switches from the full screen broadcast to the reduced size within one program from comment to comment. The manufacturer should update that with their next software patch.

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What a great TV!
4 Star Review   By member Aloeman - Jun 5, 2007   

Strengths: Price, Picture Quality, Brightness

Weakness: Remote, Speakers

I really like this TV. Got a great deal on it and I am enjoying it a lot. It is huge! It is heavier than an lCD that I have, but I think this TV has a better picture. Not really anything bad to say for the price

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Great HD Value, Quality & 1080i capability to boot!
5 Star Review   By member kahocker - Jun 5, 2007   

Strengths: Wonderfully sharp, clear picture. Picture quality better than all LCDs and 90% of all Plasmas sampled in retail outlets prior to purchase. PLASMA ROCKS!!

Weakness: Only one HDMI but for the price, who cares.

With a bit of TLC handling, we were able to get it in the Explorer. Once home, install & setup were a breeze. Normally don't do this, but extended warranty is recommended to protect your investment. And you can pickup a good, second, compatible backlit remote from most electronics retailers. My teenagers love it and have already had WOW & Wii get-togethers with many of their friends. The Wii & wireless hookup even lets us check e-mail on the new tube. (LARGE print is great)

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Fantastic Value
5 Star Review   By member REB07 - Jun 4, 2007   

Strengths: 1. HD (720p, 1080i) programs look great. 2. Standard and DVD programs (420i and 420p) also look great. 3. Lots of inputs. 4. Easy to use remote. 5. PIP and POP (side-by-side 6. Quiet operation

Weakness: 1. During dark scenes, hard to differentiate among shades of black to see what is going on.

Very pleased with HDTV. I use it for viewing over the air programming. The tuner is excellent and picks up all of our local digitally broadcast programs. The remote permits easy access to plethora of inputs. In addition to standard viewing modes (e.g., movie or sports), a custom mode can be created for each input. For example, you may choose to lower the brightness. The TV is silent; I have not noticed any distracting noises. 50" is big. A relative, sitting 9 feet away from the screen, says it is like sitting in the middle of a movie theater. For him, it was too big because he prefers to sit in the back. My initial reaction was that it might be too big, also. However, after watching it for a few weeks, I don't think I would be happy with anything smaller. It's a very different experience than watching our old 32" Sony. I have not yet done so, but I will probably purchase an extended warranty through Visa Warranty Manager. The price is much less than purchasing through the electronics store or Vizio.

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Vizio 50
4 Star Review   By member rj00 - May 25, 2007   

Strengths: Clarity, Size, Style

Weakness: Features, problem recognizing WII

Picked up the TV and not as heavy as first noted in some websites and discussions. Packed really well and to my surprise it fit in the back of my wagon...I thought I was going to have put it on my roof rack. Unpacked it and plugged it in, worked fine, then I tried to hook up my kid's WII and it failed to recognize it after several attempts. So I turned off the TV and came back later to try again and it worked...dont know why it had problems. Had to adjust the picture but it looks good. I would recommend this tv for the price which I got at CC when it was on sale and use the AAA coupon so I think I got a good value.

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Vizio's P50HDTV10A 50
4 Star Review   By member maruzo - May 17, 2007   

Strengths: crystal clear atsc reception. Accurate, vibrant, and detailed colors. abundant selection of connections, and very affordable prices.

Weakness: Noisy fan, lacks cablecard, non-illuminated remote

Same great picture as the original Vizio 50" plama (P50HDM) but with additions of ATSC Tuner. This is an excellent plasma TV for the price. Vizio might not be as well known in the plasma tv business as Pioneer or Sony, but don't be afraid. I've used the older P50HDM over 11 month and it was a beautiful set. I replaced the older set with this new one because of the addition of atsc tuners. This plasma has more features than any other plasma in its price class. The Faroudja image processor makes the picture look incredible. Highly recommended. Some updates regarding transporting this TV yourself: The dimension of the box is 17"W x 56"L x 40"H. Weighs 130lbs. The box adds height to the already tall unit. You will not be able to fit it in any suvs. So pickup truck is probably your best bet. And under no circumstances should you lay down a plasma during transport. It should be fully erect and held tight so it doesn't sway during transport. I had to use a freight truck (borrowed from my office) to pick up my P50HDTV from Circuit City because my local store only does pickup order on this tv. The unit is heavy too. About as heavy as the original P50HDM (125+lbs) You'll need 2 able-bodied adult to carry this thing. I kinda like my tvs heavy rather than light. It's like receivers, you don't want to buy a amp that can be easily picked up. The heavier the better. More Updates regarding the unit itself: There's a slight audio-related buzzing in some of the original vizio 50" (P50HDM) It was a problem shared with many owners of the tv. My unit had it. The symptom comes and goes at a irregular time. I heard it mostly when I had my pc speaker cable connected into the vizio. The noise sounds almost like the result of a short originating from somewhere in the back of the tv. I was never able to find the origin or cause, but the noise eventually went away (6 months after I bought the unit). After setting up this new P50HDTV, I have listened carefully to the tv's sounds and so far haven't found the buzzing sound that plagued my older unit. However, if yours does exbihit the buzzing sound, as long as the noise doesn't increase in frequency and volume over time, I would just ignore it. Because it will most likely fade away after the unit's had properly broken in. Btw, does anyone know how to update the firmware on this vizio (P50HDTV10A)?

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Great buy!
5 Star Review   By member datleo - Mar 27, 2007   

Strengths: Excellent quality sound, good picture

Weakness: the remote control is not illumiated.

The thing I like the most about this product is that it has an excellent value price. It has excellent sounds, good picture, and the weakness is that its remote control is not illuminate, so it is very hard to see in the dark.

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Great Buy !!!
5 Star Review   By member jrsvols1in98 - Jan 15, 2007   

Strengths: Quality of Picture for the price. You will not find a better quality picture for the price range. Several Connection options avaliable

Weakness: No Cable Card Slot, but what do you expect considering the price of the unit. Speakers are not detachable.

Considering the Picture quality and plenty of connections, the value for your dollar is outstanding. The Vizio P50HDTV 50-inch plasma is the best value in its class. We considered several models from other manufactures and this was clearly the correct choice for us.

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vizio plasma
5 Star Review   By member statro4 - Jan 1, 2007   

Strengths: superior quality for the money

Weakness: remote code too new for my cable system, have to use 2 remotes

My brother paid $1100.00 more for his lg and this has a better picture and here's the kicker he has an hdmi cable and I don't. I brought it home 3 weeks ago plugged it in and have been blown away since. I paid less than $1500.00 for this set. This tv is the best value in 50" plasma hands down!!!!!!!!!

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50 inch Vizio hdtv10a
5 Star Review   By member bfree2107 - Dec 18, 2006   

Strengths: Assortment of inputs, numerous picture adjustments, color processor, easy to navigate and understand menu Vizio website has lots of help info and tech support is open on weekends by phone.

Weakness: silver speakers on bottom would have been better in black imho. Waranty service in my area requires set be sent off unless I purchased the add on in home plan.

Vizio website has lots of help info and tech support is open on weekends by phone. The picture adjustments allow you to achive virtually anything you want. I caught Circuit City adjusting the picture settings horrible and trying to upsell me on antother set. After I adjusted it instore the picture was as good as any other on display. If you do not let the price and brand play tricks on your mind (or the salesman) there was no better choice for me and I researched and looked at dozens, unless price is no consideration and you need your freinds to be impressed with the Pioneer Elite brand. There is a reason this set ranks high on every independent rating/value list.

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packed with features!!!
5 Star Review   By member korndog33 - Dec 12, 2006   

Strengths: Excellent image quality, a ton of inputs including 2 HDMI and RGB, Faroudja processor, great built in sound, price!

Weakness: The only weakness I've found thus far is the shiny frame. This can catch a glare if the lights are on. I am able to look past this because of the price savings.

This is an awesome plasma TV for the price. Don't be fooled by the 'unknown' brand name. This plasma has more features than any other plasma in its price class. The Faroudja image processor makes the picture look incredible. I highly recommend.

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