Vizio Demos HDR-Enabled Ultra HD TVs
Vizio on Monday formally unwrapped the first model in its two-model Reference Series Ultra HD Full-Array Smart TVs. The 65-inch set will be launched into the market sometime in 2015 (pricing to be announced) along with a 120-inch model, and both will feature High Dynamic Range (HDR)-enabled technology that supports the Dolby Vision standard.
John Hwang, director of product management/TV for Vizio, explained that the Dolby Vision technology in the Reference Series sets provides greater content dimensionality and brightness in image rendering, due to its use of an 800-Nit full-array LED backlight and 384 active local-dimming zones, which permits precise contrast control of the image. The technology produces a wide color space beyond the Rec 709 color gamut specification adhered to on most TVs.
Content to take advantage of the Reference sets’ display capabilities, when they ship, is currently limited to six 4K Ultra HD Dolby Vision titles that will be available from Warner Bros. and streamed through the VUDU OTT (over the top) video service.
When the Reference sets do become available, Hwang said, the 65-inch will be sold as a package including a detachable three-channel 5.1 soundbar system that includes a 10-inch wireless powered subwoofer and two surround speakers wired to the sub. The 120-inch model, aimed at a different market segment, will be sold as a standalone TV, Hwang said.
Also shown were the company’s models in its entry-level E-Series LED TVs ranging from 24 to 70 inches and from $179 to $1,399 – with all models being connected (as opposed to the 2014 range). Shown additionally was Vizio’s 4K Ultra HD M-Series, which features faster streaming that last year’s models and also similar specs to the current higher-level P-series (but with 32 backlighting zones versus the P Series’ 64 zones). The models range in size from 43 to 80 inches and the series includes a 55-inch $999 model. Both the E-Series and M-Series models are either current or in the process of rolling out, said Parin Shah, senior product manager.
Also showcased at the New York-held event was the company’s full range of TV sound solutions. These included the aforementioned 65-inch detachable soundbar that will be tethered to the 65-inch Reference set. Also introduced was a 25-inch 2.1 Sound Stand ($249.99), which can be slid between the newly designed “feet” of the E- and M-Series TVs, and the 5.1 40-inch all-metal Sound Bar System ($349.99), which includes built-in 6-inch drivers, has an HDMI port, and offloads the bass signals to a wireless