Vizio’s new TVs and soundbars focus on what the company does best: value

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Vizio's new TVs and soundbars focus on what the company does best: value

Vizio was once the de facto go-to TV for TV buyers looking to spend under $1,000 on a new set. But in recent years companies like TCL and Hisense have made their presence felt in the mid-range that has long been Vizio’s specialty — and sometimes with better performance.

It didn’t help that Vizio had some issues with its 2020 line of TVs (particularly in the area of ​​next-gen 4K gaming) and required multiple firmware updates to get these TVs to where they needed to be for the most demanding gamers . So it makes sense that the company took its time announcing the 2023 models today.

what is Not Vizio’s high-end sets are refreshed. The 65- and 75-inch P-Series Quantum TVs, 85-inch P-Series Quantum X TVs, and OLED TVs will all continue to be sold for the remainder of 2022, but the company is not announcing any hardware today updates for these products. (Vizio says they’ll continue to get software improvements, like Bluetooth headphone support.)

Instead, as Vizio celebrates its 20th anniversary, the company is focusing on its bread and butter: the M-Series. The new lineup is led by the M-Series Quantum X 4K. Available in 75- ($1,199.99), 65- ($849.99), and 50-inch sizes, this TV supports Dolby Vision, HDR10 Plus, 4K 120Hz Gaming, AMD FreeSync Premium, VRR, and more. Its full-array backlight system includes up to 32 dimming zones – this is regular local dimming, not mini-LED – and peak brightness can reach up to 1,000 nits.

The 50-inch M Series Quantum X can go up to 240Hz for 1080p PC gaming.
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According to Vizio, the $629.99 50-inch model has a native refresh of 120Hz and can reach 240Hz when used for 1080p PC gaming. Input lag has been reduced to under 8 milliseconds. And like LG and Samsung, Vizio has added a game menu for quick access to relevant settings. Unfortunately, despite having four HDMI 2.1 ports, only one is labeled 4K at 120Hz. There’s also an M-Series Quantum 6 range, which delivers similar quantum color image quality without some of the gaming features.

Step down from the M series and you get the V series. Vizio says the 55-inch size in this range is “often the best-selling TV in America on any given day,” according to NPD figures. The 2023 V-Series lineup starts at $289.99, and the company notes that each model delivers a 4K picture with local dimming of the entire array, as well as support for Dolby Vision and HDR10 Plus. Among them is the Full HD D Series, which comes in smaller sizes from 24 to 43 inches with a starting price of just $169.99. Even there you get some level of local dimming for improved contrast.

With all new televisions, the company promises “lightning-fast” navigation of its SmartCast software thanks to a new processor inside. Wi-Fi 6E is included in the M-Series and V-Series for more reliable streaming performance, and Vizio still supports a range of third-party services like Amazon Alexa, Apple’s AirPlay 2, HomeKit, and Google Assistant. and Chromecast.

The P-Series Elevate Soundbar’s rotating speakers are now available in a more affordable variant.
Image: Vizio

The $799.99 Vizio M-Series Elevate 5.1.2 system brings the neat trick of the company’s flagship soundbar, auto-rotating speakers, to a more affordable model. As the new model is covered in carbon, there are aluminum disks at each end that light up as the speakers shift to fire upwards for Dolby Atmos content.

If you’re looking for something smaller with a flat design, the standard M-Series All-In-One 2023 soundbar might be faster. Since it’s a 2.1 soundbar, it’s a lot cheaper at $199.99. But the company claims it still delivers “an uncompromising, full-featured audio system with performance that surpasses its size”.

As always, Vizio remains aggressively priced with its 2023 model year TVs and soundbars. The question, however, is whether the company’s luscious quantum dot colors and picture quality can match (or surpass) others in a highly competitive mid-range TV market.

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