In early october, Vizio invited me to New York City to join other digital-stained A/V scribes in the official launch of the company’s new Reference series Ultra HDTVs. The featured attraction was the RS120-B3 ($130,000), loaded up with more than 8 million pixels on its 120-inch diagonal (10-foot!) screen. The considerably more affordable, 65-inch RS65-B2 ($6,000) joined in the festivities.
Before the introduction, Vizio hosted a briefing for television reviewers to explain the technology and offer tips and tools for evaluating and calibrating high dynamic range (HDR) sets. Later, a handful of reviewers were granted some brief private time with the big RS120-B3 to do our best to wring it out. Although I had more than 90 minutes with the set, it allowed us to make some observations in anticipation of a full review of the 65-inch version, which we hope to bring to you soon.