Today ,Vizio invited guests to an artsy street under the High Line to debut its Reference series: two television they’ve been working on for years, and only now are satisfied with their current specs to unveil them to the world.
The first Vizio set in the Reference series is a 65-inch, 4K TV with Dolby Vision speakers and a price tag of $5,999. By using 384 “LED Zones” to bring light to the screen, Vizio sidesteps the edged lighting that most other high-end (and quite frankly, all) TVs and monitors use. This way, more precise and individual areas of the screen can be lit up at a time, with deep blacks and vivid whites that help contrast the image.
Specs worth noting about the Reference series include an 800-nit display brightness, an integrated 5.1 sound bar, 5 HDMI 2.0 inputs, 802.11ac dual-band WiFi, and a quad-core GPU + dual-core CPU to keep the show running.
In-person, I can easily tell you that every frame is bright, striking, sharp and vivid. If it is acceptable to say, it’s almost too striking, too vivid and too fluid — an uncanny feast for the eyes and an initially deceptive introduction to the brain.
But of course, Vizio has something more — extravagant. For a rather flattering $129,999.99, Vizio can send a custom installation company to bring the 120-inch version of the Reference series to your home (or apartment, because why not?).
It’s true: 4K TVs are incredibly expensive, no matter how you spin it. But, Vizio is the purveyor of the inexpensive but high-end HDTV, and as a result, has plans to bring some of this technology down the range to more affordable sets. It sounds like a no-brainer, doesn’t it?
More images, after the break.