Vizio announces new 55″ 120Hz LCD HDTV for $1,999, January release

November 21, 2008 by  

Vizio decided to jump the gun on CES and announce some new home theater products today in a press release, including a 55-inch 120Hz 1080p LCD for just $1,999.99, another aggressive pricing decision that will once again pull the prices down for the Samsungs and Sonys of the world.

The model is officially labeled the VF550XVT1A, and features a strong 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, five HDMI ports, and SRS TruSurround HD and TruVolume audio technology, the latter of which is designed to smooth out the jumps in volume when you’re switching channels (a welcome addition). It will be available in January, just in time for Super Bowl viewing.

While 52-inch LCDs are quickly coming down in price below $2,000, bigger LCDs aren’t as common and are currently priced at least $500 more or so, even in Black Friday ads. We’ll need to see, however, if this Vizio can match a Bravia in picture quality. The jury is still out on that count.

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