Umm, Vizio tvs are garbage? Where do you come up with that conclusion? Just because you've seen their lower end models at Walmarts? Vizio makes excellent TVs as well. You can get mid-high tier performance for a mid-tier price, whereas other companies offer mid-tier performance for a higher price.
I have a high end Panasonic plasma (VT60), and that still doesn't keep me from seeing how good Vizio sets can be, especially their higher end offerings.
All brand name manufacturers all have crappy TVs too. You get hit and miss with all companies.
As for gaming headsets, why are they used? Simplicity? You get everything you will ever need with some headsets. It keeps setups from getting messy. It's convenience. Sure, they'll never be as good as a headphone and separate amps, mics, etc, but that adds clutter, more hassle, etc. Some people don't want to deal with all that. They just one the simplest solutions, and headsets tend to be just that.
Vizio holds that reputation from their early days when every single set they put to market was complete garbage. They've evolved a lot over the past 6 years and they've really improved their game. Back when I was selling TVs I wouldn't give a Vizio the time of day. They were worse than the cheap Westinghouse and RCA models. Today, though, I'd consider getting one. Of course they carry entry level stuff now, what brand doesn't, and their medium to higher end sets actually have a lot to offer.
[EDIT] I should clarify that I personally wouldn't use a Vizio as my primary television, but as a secondary tv within the house.
Oh speaking of which, you lose the advantage of those if you want to use surround (Mixamp, etc) on the Xbone. You need to split the output anyways to have the headphone going to the Mixamp and the mic into the controller, so it's not as big of a deal to have the Boompro.
I'm discovering that manging the cables is easier with one long cable to my Recon and one short one from the mic to the controller (rather than one medium one with a splitter and then two more).
I use the Recon3D with a Mac/PC so for me the BoomPro is an excellent solution if it sounds good. But you're right, when people need to connect the mic to a controller the situation changes.
Edited by AxelCloris - 3/17/14 at 12:54pm