Vizio P65-C1 reviewed @ RHT

Sep 14 2016

If I'm honest, I wasn't expecting much when I clicked through to look RHT's review of the Vizio P65-C1. While scanning through I ran across this "...the Vizio P65-C1 provided the best non-OLED performance I saw this year". Naturally, this required a more thorough read and I must that it impresses most of the way throughout. Quite a lot of TV for $2,000.

Over the past decade, Vizio has managed to transition from a TV company that makes a great value TV to one that makes a great TV. This year that transition is finally complete with the updated P65-C1, which is the best looking LCD set I’ve used this year. To get a picture that beats the Vizio, you’ll have to spend way more than $2,000 to do so and even then it still might not be as good. The P65-C1 is so good for the price, and overall, that I bought one for my new AV room to serve as my reference UltraHD display.

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I've been pondering an upgrade to my aging 60" Sony LCOS display and this might just be the ticket.  I had been hoping to see a price drop on OLED sets, but that doesn't look like it's going to happen anytime soon.  The downside is that I don't see anyone but Worst Buy carrying this set right now, but at least I can try and look at it under their typical deplorable showroom conditions (I mean, who watches a HDTV with all the lights turned on?).  Hopefully they'll have enough sense to put this in one of their better viewing rooms instead of out in the open under the bright lights.  I'm sure a lot of other retailers will start carrying this set after a while so maybe this will be discounted further when that happens.

Given the price of the display, I wouldn't be surprised to see it in the "Magnolia" section.

I stopped by my local Best Buy this morning.  I saw a Vizio display on the end of an aisle in the TV section.  They had the 50" and 55" models on display.  The larger one was mounted above my head and had so much glare from the overhead lights it was extremely difficult to get a feel for the pitcure quality.  The 50" screen was almost at floor level, but didn't suffer from the same glare issues.  I walked around the store but couldn't find the 65" or 75" models anywhere, even in the Magnolia Hi-Fi section.  I didn't bother to ask so they may have been somewhere I didn't look. I'll probably stop back again and ask someone if they're on display next time around.

The entire back wall of the store was occupied by Sony, Samsung, and LG flat screens, with Samsung having the largest display area of the three.  The LG OLED sets blew away everything else on the back wall with their gorgeous black levels.  Their Super UHD models looked washed out in comparison.  I'm no TV expert by any means, but I'm always amazed at how black levels really affect the picture quality.  The Vizio sets looked pretty good from what little I could see and had very nice black levels. 

I suspect that the Vizio sets are being downplayed on purpose so as not to take away from sales of the higher priced sets.  The Vizio display they had set up was absolutely pitiful and pretty much on a par with the extremely low Best Buy standards I've come to expect.  They should have their TV section closed off from the rest of the store with zero overhead lighting.

captain_video wrote:

The Vizio sets looked pretty good from what little I could see and had very nice black levels. 

How's BB's return policy? Wink

captain_video wrote:

I'm no TV expert by any means, but I'm always amazed at how black levels really affect the picture quality. 

Agreed. I would love to have one of those LG OLEDs, but the price tag (esp in £) just hurts.

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