Vizio announces CES 2009 TV lineup

by: Dan -
Late yesterday, Vizio outlined their lineup of TVs that will be on display at CES. This includes five new XVT TVs (including two with 240Hz refresh), seven models (VL320M, VL370M, VL420M,VL470M, VT420M, and VT470M) in the VL and VT lines that have full 1080p and 120Hz. We will check all of these new models out later today during our appointment with Vizio and post full impressions. Check out all the specs, pricing and availability in the press releases.
Las Vegas, NV (CES 2009) and Irvine, CA -- January 7, 2009 -- VIZIO, America’s HDTV and Consumer Electronics Company, unveils several new models to the XVT Series expanding the performance line with five NEW models. The most dramatic technology introduction is the use of LED panels featuring 240Hz with Scanning Backlight and VIZIO's Smooth Motion II™ technology in their largest model the 55” VF551XVT. LED backlight technology provides better picture quality with 1,000,000:1 Mega Dynamic Contrast with local dimming. LED also provides faster response times and higher color saturation so you achieve a better picture. It is also environmentally responsible because it is mercury free. The VIZIO VF551XVT also has 5 HDMI Inputs and a speaker bar designed into the TV so you achieve more robust full body sound from a flat panel TV with SRS TruSurround HD™, and TruVolume™.

They are also expanding their collection of 42” and 47” XVTs to include 240Hz with scanning backlight using VIZIO's Smooth Motion II™ technology and Mega Dynamic Contrast ratio of 50,000:1. The 42" SV421XVT and 47" SV471XVT are capable of outstanding realism and are close to eliminating motion blur–once and for all. All new XVT models integrate the latest SRS sound technologies like SRS TruSurround HD, and SRS TruVolume for a complete all-in-one home theater solution.

“VIZIO is committed to providing the absolute latest advanced technologies to consumers at a value. Consumers expect great performance and style from VIZIO” says Laynie Newsome, VIZIO Co-Founder and VP Sales and Marketing Communications. "You will see this demonstrated in the many new products we are introducing at CES, our prestigious XVT Series exemplifies what we believe is the BEST performing leading edge HDTV technology for consumers.”

The Best in Video Performance

Launching two compelling new technologies, the expanded XVT Series offers more advanced features than any previous VIZIO product line with a complete line of Full HD 1080p performance coupled with both 120Hz and 240Hz with Scanning Backlight.
Using advanced LED backlight control local dimming, the VF551XVT is capable of delivering the brightest highlights and the deepest blacks. Coupled with VIZIO's Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio™ these sets can provide a contrast ratio that rivals the performance of the best plasma displays. The use of local dimming to increase overall contrast ratio and picture quality, especially in brightly lit rooms, allows these LED models to exhibit deep, three-dimensional-like images.

VIZIO's Smooth Motion II™ technology steps up the game with 240Hz Refresh Rate in the SV421XVT and SV471XVT for unbelievably flawless video -- frame after frame by eliminating motion blur from fast-action movie sequences.

Every LED and LCD model in the series is outfitted with the Advanced Glare Polarizer (AGP) and Enhanced In-Plane Switching (IPS). AGP provides up to 60% better contrast ratio in bright room environments. Earlier Anti-Glare screens tended to create an overall haze on the TV image; however, VIZIO's solution counteracts the effects of ambient light, while keeping images bright and crystal clear. By reducing the reflections that are produced by ambient light, the overall picture contrast can be preserved. IPS produces truer colors at wider viewing angles ensuring vivid and clear pictures even when sitting off-axis.

VIZIO’s advanced HD/SD noise reduction removes noise and artifacts caused by signal compression from cable and satellite providers. Each model is outfitted with multiple HDMI inputs for maximum connectivity with DVD/Blu-ray players, digital cable and satellite set-top boxes, gaming consoles, and HD camcorders. All XVT series sets have a Game Port on the side of the set with inputs (including HDMI) for fast, easy connection of other devices.

Sound Advancements
VIZIO's XVT Series is not just about superior video features and technologies. Every model is equipped with audio enhancement technologies from SRS Labs to ensure the best possible audio performance from built-in speakers. The 55" VF551XVT and VF550XVT1A take audio performance to a new level with the integration of a Sound Bar that delivers 30W of power (15W x2-speakers), enhanced by SRS TruSurround HD™ and TruVolume HD™. All the other new XVT models (SV320XVT, SV370XVT, SV422XVT, SV472XVT) also take advantage of SRS TruSurround and TruVolume.
SRS TruSurround HD™ makes it possible to enjoy realistic surround sound without running cables or adding additional speakers. Providing a suite of processes, TruSurround HD uses the improved SRS TruBass® to optimize the low frequency performance of the VIZIO Sound Bar for cleaner bass tones. SRS Dialog Enhancement ensures crisp and intelligible vocals, while Definition Control delivers maximum high-frequency realism and clarity.

SRS' latest innovation, TruVolume HD™ allows customers to set their volume level at a pre-defined position. Regardless of the content, be it a quiet movie passage or a loud commercial, there are no annoying volume fluctuations. SRS uses Intelligent Multi-band Monitoring and Analysis to establish a consistent volume while delivering a more natural listening experience. There is no pumping, breathing, or clipping artifacts that is commonly associated with traditional Automatic Gain Controls (AGCs). The circuit works flawlessly with mono, stereo and even multi-channel sources.
Thoughtfully Earth-friendly

VIZIO is committed to making more eco-friendly products and designs. To that end, the VF551XVT use LED panels rather than CCFL panels. LED panels do not use mercury, and are highly efficient requiring significantly less power.

Also being introduced in these same models is Dynamic Power Control (DCP), which lowers power consumption by up to 15% more than Energy Star 3.0 requirements without sacrificing picture quality. DCP analyzes image data to optimize the amount of backlight produced, minimizing image distortion. According to CNET tests, TVs that meet Energy Star 3.0 requirements can save up to $100 a year, so it is possible to save even more using VIZIO's latest products with DCP.

VIZIO guarantees zero bright pixel defects for the duration of the limited one-year warranty on all their products. Additionally, they provide free one-year on-site service and lifetime technical support.



XVT Models and Features
Model: SV320XVT *NEW*
Size: 32" 120Hz FULL HD 1080P LCD HDTV
Contrast: Mega Dynamic 50,000:1
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI inputs: 3
Audio Enhancements: SRS TruSurround HD & TruVolume
Availability: Fall 2009
Price: $749.99

Model: SV370XVT *NEW*
Size: 37" 120Hz FULL HD 1080P LCD HDTV
Contrast: Mega Dynamic 50,000:1
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI inputs: 3
Audio Enhancements: SRS TruSurround HD & TruVolume
Availability: Fall 2009
Price: $999.99

Model: SV421XVT *NEW*
Size: 42" LCD
Contrast: Mega Dynamic 50,000:1
Refresh Rate: 240 Hz
HDMI inputs: 4
Game Port: Yes
Audio Enhancements: SRS TruSurround HD & TruVolume
Availability: Summer 2009
Price: $1099.99

Model: SV471XVT *NEW*
Size: 47" LCD
Contrast: Mega Dynamic 50,000:1
Refresh Rate: 240 Hz
HDMI inputs: 4
Game Port: Yes
Audio Enhancements: SRS TruSurround HD & TruVolume
Availability: Summer 2009
Price: $1399.99

Model: VF551XVT1A *NEW*
Size: 55" LED
Contrast: 1,000,000:1 Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI inputs: 5
Game Port: Yes
Audio Enhancements: Integrated Sound Bar, SRS TruSurround HD & TruVolume
Availability: Summer 2009
Price: $1999.99


Las Vegas, NV (CES 2009) and Irvine, CA -- January 7, 2009 -- VIZIO, America’s HDTV and Consumer Electronics Company, launches the VL and VT Series, enhancing the performance of Full HD 1080p LCD HDTVs with 120Hz Smooth Motion II™ technology. The VL Series consists of four new models ranging from 32" to 47" (VL320M, VL370M, VL420M, and VL470M). The VT Series consists of three new models ranging from 37" to 47" (VT420M, and VT470M).

Each model in the VL and VT Series incorporates VIZIO's Smooth Motion II™ technology that refreshes motion picture images at twice the speed of standard 60Hz models, eliminating blur from fast-action movie sequences. VIZIO's Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio™ increases overall contrast ratio and picture quality, especially in brightly lit rooms. The resulting contrast ratio rivals the performance of the best plasma displays.
“VIZIO is committed to providing advanced technology to member clubs and consumers at a value. Nothing could exemplify this commitment better than the new VL and VT Series,” says Laynie Newsome, VIZIO Co-Founder and VP Sales and Marketing Communications. "We are not only providing the latest Full HD 1080p technology but have stepped up the lines with 120Hz as well.”
The VL Series features SRS Labs TruSurround HD®, which uses a suite of processes to optimize the low frequency performance for cleaner bass tones, ensure crisp and intelligible dialog, while creating a realistic surround sound effect. The larger VL420M and VL470M models also incorporate SRS Lab's latest innovation, TruVolume HD™, which allows customers to set their volume level at a pre-defined position and regardless of content, there are no annoying volume fluctuations. The VT Series employs SRS TruSurround XT for improved audio performance and life-like surround sound.

Each model is outfitting with multiple HDMI inputs for maximum connectivity with DVD/Blu-ray players, digital cable and satellite set-top boxes, gaming consoles, and HD camcorders. The Game Port on the side of the set provides several inputs (including HDMI) for fast, easy connection of portable devices.

VIZIO guarantees zero bright pixel defects for the duration of the limited one-year warranty on all their products. Additionally, they provide free one-year on-site service and lifetime technical support.
VL Models and Features

Model: VL320M
Size: 32" LCD
Resolution: FULL HD 1080P 1920x1080
Contrast: 50,000:1 Mega DCR
HDMI inputs: 3
Game Port: Yes
Audio Enhancements: SRS TruSurround HD
Availability: Spring 2009
Price: $599.99

Model: VL370M
Size: 37" LCD
Resolution: FULL HD 1080P 1920x1080
Contrast: 50,000:1 Mega DCR
HDMI inputs: 3
Game Port: Yes
Audio Enhancements: SRS TruSurround HD
Availability: Spring 2009
Price: $699.99

Model: VL420M
Size: 42"
Contrast: 50,000:1 Mega DCR
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI inputs: 4
Game Port: Yes
Audio Enhancements: SRS TruSurround HD & TruVolume
Availability: Summer 2009
Price: $899.99

Model: VL470M
Size: 47" LED
Contrast: 50,000:1 Mega DCR
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI inputs: 4
Game Port: Yes
Audio Enhancements: SRS TruSurround HD & TruVolume
Availability: Summer 2009
Price: $1099.99

VT Models and Features
Model: VT420M
Size: 42" LCD
Contrast: 50,000:1 Mega DCR
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI inputs: 4
Game Port: Yes
Audio Enhancements: SRS TruSurround XT
Availability: Summer 2009
Price: $899.99

Model: VT470M
Size: 47" LCD
Contrast: 50,000:1 Mega DCR
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI inputs: 4
Game Port: Yes
Audio Enhancements: SRS TruSurround XT
Availability: Summer 2009
Price: $1099.99
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