Published January 06, 2014
| Consumer Reports
If you thought the LG 105-inch UHD TV was huge, Vizio's 120-inch UHD set should really make an impression. The TV, which won’t hit until the back half of the year, is part of a new Reference series of Ultra HD TVs, which have full-array LED backlights with local dimming, plus 5.1-channel soundbar speaker systems that include a separate powered subwoofer.
Despite its size—the set is about 6 feet high and 9 feet wide—the TV is stylish, mounted on a sturdy, attractive stand. One pointed difference, though: The TV’s soundbar speaker system stretches across the bottom of the set. The modular design of the stand lets you remove the integrated soundbar speaker system and wall-mount it or place it on a display table. The TV also comes with separate, powered subwoofer.
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Pricing hasn't yet been announced for the Reference sets, which will be available in both 65- and 120-inch screen sizes. The TVs are loaded with features, including a full-array LED backlight with local dimming for 384 zones, which in conjunction with Dolby’s new High Dynamic Range technology, is said to deliver very high contrast.
They'll support 10-bit color and a wider color gamut, and include Vizio's Spatial Scaling Engine for upconverting 1080p content to the TV’s higher 3840x2160 resolution. The TVs use what Vizio calls a new V6 six-core processor, which pairs a quad-core graphics processor with a dual-core CPU for faster smart TV and graphics performance, the company claims.
Other features include dual-band MIMO Wi-Fi with support for 802.11 a/c, plus Vizio’s VIA Plus smart TV platform. The TVs have HDMI 2.0 inputs for 60-frames-per-second, plus built-in support for the new, more efficient HEVC (H.265) video format that will be used for streaming 4K content.
—James K. Willcox
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