Vizio Announces New Product Lineup at CES 2014
As CES 2014 officially kicks off, Vizio unveiled their new Ultra HDTV product lineup, including the 65-, 120-inch ‘Reference Series’ and the 50-, 55-, 60-, 65-, 70-inch ‘P-Series’.
Vizio 65-inch and 120-inch ‘Reference Series’
The 120-inch ‘Reference Series’ Ultra HD Smart TV is more than 6 feet high, and almost 9 feet wide, weighing just over 100 pounds, although these numbers may change by the time the 4K TV is available to consumers later this year. In terms of size, the Ultra HD behemoth barely beats Samsung’s 110-inch $150,000 Ultra HDTV, which was made available just before the end of 2013.
Vizio says that they’re not trying to claim fame to the largest Ultra HDTV at CES, explaining that other manufacturers may release larger sets at the event – but company officials said they were not immediately aware of any other larger Ultra HDTV at the show. A 65-inch Reference Series model will also be available.
Picture Quality and Specs
The Reference Series Ultra HD TV features ‘high dynamic range’ technology with 384 Active LED Zones and an 800-nit ‘Ultra-Bright’ backlight, which they claim provides better brightness and contrast than any other Ultra HDTV. The 4K TV also features uncompressed true 10-bit color depth and ‘unparalleled’ smoothness. Furthermore, the Ultra HD TV will automatically adjust the frame rate between 24 and 48 fps depending on what type of content you are watching, or 120 fps for low latency gaming.
Processing Power and Audio
The Reference Series also features a quad-core GPU for graphics processing, and dual-core CPU, making it 4x faster than the previous generation of Smart TV’s in 2013. Vizio features an integrated 5.1 home theater sound system, including a sound bar built into the base, a 10-inch wireless subwoofer, and 2 rear satellite speakers – delivering Dolby Digital and DTS Digital Surround at 101dB.
Smart TV Apps
The Ultra HDTV comes equipped with 802.11ac dual-band MIMO technology, an HEVC codec, and HDCP 2.2 content protection to stream Ultra HD over a variety of Internet apps, including Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Netflix, and YouTube.
Vizio 50-, 55-, 60-, and 70-inch ‘P-Series’
The P-Series is the more mainstream lineup, with a dual-core CPU, quad-core GPU, and 64 zones of LED backlighting. It comes in 50, 55, 60, 65 and 70-inch sizes, and also features 802.11ac for Ultra HD streaming from Netflix and others when they become available.
They have not yet announced availability or pricing, but hinted to more details later in 2014 – and given the history of this company, it’s not impossible to assume that these Ultra HDTV’s will be more affordable than you might expect.