HDTV maker Vizio is giving its XVT line a 3D upgrade. The company just launched three new 3D TVs to round out a product family that includes 3D active shutter glasses, a 3D Blu-ray player, high-speed HDMI cables and a Wi-Fi router optimized for the web-based apps available on many of the company’s products.
The XVT 3D TVs come in three sizes, 55”, 47” and 42”. All three 1080p LCD TVs use LED back lighting, but the two larger models employ a local-dimming full away system, while the 42” model uses edge-lit LEDs in a system the company calls Razor, also with local dimming. All three models feature Vizio’s Apps (VIA), as does the Blu-ray player.
In addition to being 3D and Wi-Fi enabled, the three new models include 480Hz processing, 5 HDMI 1.4 inputs, Bluetooth remotes with QWERTY keyboards and TruSurround HD audio processing. Among the online apps available through the VIA feature users will find Amazon Video On Demand, Facebook, Flickr, Netflix, Rhapsody, Pandora, Twitter, VUDU, NBA Game Time, Wiki TV, My-Cast ,MediaBox, TuneIn Radio and more.
To help drive the message, Vizio is launching a new ad campaign with Beyoncé directed by Jake Nava who also directed Beyoncé’s “All the Single Ladies.” In the commercial, the artist battles an image of herself in a dance off against an onscreen app.
The company states that the units are now available online at Amazon.com, SamsClub.com, Target.com, VIZIO.com and will hit retail shelves later this month with wider availability in December.
Pricing on the new products is as follows:
- XVT3D554SV 55” 3D LCD TV $2,399
- XVT3D474SV 47” 3D LCD TV $1,799
- XVT3D424SV 42” 3D LCD TV $1,399
- VBR334 3D Blu-ray player $189
- XWR100 802.11n Dual Band Wireless Internet Router $99
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Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had training from THX, the Home Acoustics Alliance, Control4 and Sencore. He's also the author of the book The Trouble with Rivers
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