...the VIZIO clearly earns its stars for punching above its weight/price class 90 percent of the time. It’s a pleasure to watch, not least because it’s the only set at even close to its price that, thanks to its local dimming, can produce impressively rich blacks.

More to the point, never during my time with the VIZIO was I tempted to just get through the review quickly to return to either of my two higher-end plasma sets (a Pioneer Kuro and the above-mentioned Panasonic, both far pricier than the Vizio and now discontinued). If both of the latter went belly up tomorrow, and my replacement budget was seriously limited, I’d enjoy living with the E550i-B2 with few complaints.

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