Vizio’s 2019 4K TVs are now available, AirPlay 2 coming soon

From The Verge: Vizio has announced that its latest 4K TVs are now available at retailers. The company’s TVs have always stuck a very impressive price to performance balance, and that seems likely to carry on this year with more local dimming zones and improved brightness performance in several models. Plus, Apple’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit will soon be coming to Vizio TVs new and old.

The TV lineup is led by the P-Series Quantum X, Vizio’s flagship 4K HDR model that comes in 65-inch ($2,199.99) and 75-inch ($3,499.99) sizes. Those are obviously a step up from the prices that most consumers associate with Vizio, but the company believes the P-Series Quantum X can compete with the very best 4K TVs on the market right now. With 384 or 480 local dimming zones, the Quantum X can approach OLEDs in terms of black level, but it can get significant brighter with a peak brightness of 3000 nits in the 65-inch model.

The standard 2019 P-Series Quantum comes in the same two sizes, with lower but still very respectable specs for dimming zones (up to 240) and brightness (up to 1,200 nits). It costs $2,499.99 or $1,399.99. As you can see, moving up to a 75-inch TV doesn’t come cheap.

Stepping down to the M-Series is where we hit that sub-$1,000 mark. For many consumers, the M-Series hits that ideal mix of good image quality and appealing price. The $999.99 65-inch M-Series has quantum dot technology for expanded HDR color reproduction, 90 local dimming zones, and can hit a peak brightness of 600 nits. Those things are also all true of the 55-inch version, which is $799.99. Somewhat confusingly, Vizio will offer a secondary, less expensive SKU of the M-Series with far fewer dimming zones (20 maximum) and a lower 400-nit peak brightness. It retains quantum dot color, and in exchange for settling on more modest specs, you pay less money — $899.99 for the 65-inch or $699.99 for the 55. The M-Series also comes in 50 ($549.99) and 43-inch ($399.99) models for those of you who might need something smaller.

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