The Vizio SV470XVT LCD set produces good (albeit at times dark) images, but it lacks some of the design conveniences of other HDTVs, such as certain LG and Samsung models.
The SV470XVT occasionally struggled to keep moving objects clear. Two jurors noted slight vibrations in the Vatican wall's bricks in our "Mission: Impossible III" Blu-ray test. And though it showed no jaggies in the HD HQV Benchmark test, we saw horrible pixelation in the corners. On the other hand, it outperformed the other new TVs we evaluated on our NASCAR test.
The SV470XVT performed well in my hands-on audio tests. Quiet audio sounded crisp, surround sounds seemed to enfold me, and the soundtrack's organ blast had the requisite oomph. You won't get much better sound unless you invest in a separate surround stereo system.
The SV470XVT was a challenge to set up. Most of the connectors are poorly placed and difficult to reach. But once set up, the TV was easy to use; menu items have on-screen explanations, most of which are simple to understand.
Unfortunately, the set has no abbreviated, quick-access menu for settings that you adjust frequently. Dedicated buttons on the remote provide access to 20 of those options, but collectively they make the remote cumbersome to deal with. The clumsily designed backlighting doesn't help, either.
The SV470XVT comes with picture-in-picture and freeze-frame features, but no multimedia capabilities. The absence of a USB port and of an SD Card slot means that you can't look at your photos or listen to your music through the TV.
Still, this Vizio 47-inch HDTV costs only $1400 and produces images rivaling the best we've seen in this size class.