Vizio Launches 2016 D-Series LED LCD TV Line
Vizio said the 31 models in the series will feature screen sizes ranging from 24 to 70 inches, and “most” will feature full-array LED backlighting with up to 16 LED zones to provide, according to the company, better black level and contrast performance than typical edge-lit LED displays. Five models in the series have 4K Ultra HD resolution.
Vizio said suggested retail pricing on the series will range from $139.99 for a 24-inch edge-lit LED TV (D24hn-D1) up to $1,199.99 for a 70-inch 1080p full-array LED Smart TV.
4K Ultra HD D-series models include: the 65-inch D65u-D2 ($999.99); the 58-inch D58u-D3 ($749.99); the 55-inch D55u-D1 ($699.99); the 50-inch D50u-D1($599.99) and the 40-inch D40u-D1 (price TBA).
Read more on the new Vizio D-Series models after the jump:
Vizio is saying its D-Series TVs use its “Clear Action 240” smooth motion technology, which lists a “120Hz effective refresh rate” on some models. This uses backlight scanning and image processing technologies to smooth out distortion in fast moving subject matter.
It should be pointed out that an “effective refresh rate” is not necessarily the same as or as good as an LED LCD panel with a native 120Hz refresh rate. Panels with native refresh rates of 120Hz or more generally do a better job of handling motion blurring and other artifacts, but cost the manufacturer more to use. Many of the D-Series models appear to have panels with a 60Hz native refresh rate.
Select models in the D-Series collection are equipped with a new generation Smart TV platform, called Vizio Internet Apps Plus.
This gives users the ability to stream video and audio content services on the TV screen, using a built-in Wi-Fi receiver. Vizio has said in company disclosures that its smart TVs are used to collect anonymous viewer usage data, which it shares with or sells to other companies and services. The data monitoring system is activated by default but can be switched off by the user at setup.
Vizio lists some of its most popular apps on its TVs as: Netflix, Xumo, Vudu, iHeartRadio, Hulu, Spotify, YouTube, UltraFlix, Toon Goggles and more. Vizio said its D-Series Ultra HD Smart TVs provide access to Ultra HD apps “and a growing range of Ultra HD shows and movies.”
The TVs employ a Spatial Scaling Engine to enhance 720p or 1080p HD content to fill the pixels on an Ultra HD resolution screen.
The new D-Series collection will be rolling out nationwide shortly through: Walmart, Best Buy, Sam’s Club, Target, BJs Wholesale Club, and Amazon.
Vizio TVs come with a one-year warranty (except its refurbished models which offer a 90-day-parts-and-labor warranty).
HD Guru readers have frequently reported via emails to the editors or in reader feedback comments on Vizio-related stories that after the warranty period expires company representatives have advised that the cost of a repair exceeds the replacement price for a refurbished TV model and to buy a new one and throw the defective TV away.
HD Guru advises its readers to take this into consideration when making the buying decision for the TV or any additional extended warranties.
By Greg Tarr
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