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.
This isn't the place to argue TV's. If you don't think Vizio's are garbage, then I'm glad you can enjoy them and save a few bucks; more power to ya. It doesn't change my point that LT probably doesn't personally use the cheapest (literally and figuratively) TV's on the market.
I definitely agree with you about your latter point though. The PLYR1 is a great all-in-one solution and I've been using it on and off, even though I'm not going to keep it, just because it's so convenient and easy. Like The Dude, I'm a lazy man. Convenience is a great value. But I also appreciate the finer things in life and if I have to run a few extra cords to get way better sound, then I'm okay with that.