Here come Vizio’s new D-Series 4K ultra HD TVs, with excellent specs at budget prices
Stephan Jukic – December 17, 2015
CES 2016 is just weeks away and we’re already getting a strong vibe that it’s going to heavily be about the 4K UHD TVs of 2016 and all their related technologies.
With that, Vizio is preparing to wow its fans and consumers a bit early with the unveiling of its brand new D-Series 4K ultra HD and HD TVs as a sort of early present for the Christmas holidays.
Most interestingly, the now well-known 4K and HDTV maker has decided to actually forego CES 2016 itself in favor of simply offering its new TVs directly to consumers without all the trade show fanfare. As a result, here are the D-Series 4K and HD TVs, newly arrived to join the already popular P-Series, M-Series and the luxury Reference-Series 4K televisions already being offered by the company.
The new D-Series fill out a rather broad range of sizes, from an almost unparalleled 24 inches of tininess to a very hefty and immersive 70 inches. Furthermore, all of the TVs pack a fair bit of Vizio’s most consumer-friendly TV features and the larger models in the series also include 4K ultra HD resolution.
The 4K resolution applies only to the 40 inch and larger models –since the difference between Full HD and 4K UHD is barely notable at smaller TV screen sizes and normal viewing distances anyhow—and the entire line of TVs, both 1080p Full HD and 2160p 4K resolution and right down to the 40 inch model, comes with full-array backlighting, which is a consumer-friendly technological gift that no other major 4K and HD TV manufacturer has yet to offer in a whole line of televisions.
Full-array backlighting allows for much better control of contrast, local dimming and generally delivers a superior picture quality to that of the many edge-lit 4K TVs on the market right now. Instead of having LEDs only along their edges, Full-array televisions come with arrays of LEDs all along the back of their display panels, with the total number of LEDs and dimming zones dependent on the size of the screen.
In effect, the final result of full-array backlighting is a much better, richer and more precise level of contrast.
As for pricing, the new TVs start at a very cheap $170 for a truly tiny 24 inch model which also comes with Vizio’s pretty decent smart TV platform with Vizio Internet Apps Plus and other connectivity and content access features. From there, the TVs move up in price to the lowest priced 40 inch Smart TV with HD display costing just $350. The 4K model in this size hasn’t yet had its price revealed but Vizio claims that it will be “coming soon”.
As for the even larger 4K UHD versions of the new D-Series line, the lowest price we know of so far comes in at $730 for the 50 inch D50u-D1, and remember, that in addition to 4K resolution, this TV comes with full-array LED backlighting. Thus, the price quoted for it by Vizio is truly superb by FALD 4K TV standards.
And from this ultra-affordable 50 inch 4K model, we have the other end of the scale, the still extremely reasonably priced 70 inch full-array 4K UHD 70 inch D-Series model for a remarkably low $1,300.
Other features in these TVs include Vizio’s six-core processing technology, the already mentioned smart TV platform from the company, access to a whole host of 4K UHD content apps like Ultraflix, Vudu and Netflix, and connectivity via Ethernet and Vizio’s supposedly “ultra-fast dual-band WiFi technology. Additionally, all of the 4K models come with the company’s remarkably robust and precise “Spatial Scaling” content upscaling engine for enhancing standard HD content to near-4K levels of sharpness.
All of the new D-Series TVs can be seen and ordered right on Vizio’s own website and will soon be rolling out to both brick & mortar and online retailers.
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