Need a new television? Vizio has just announced its TV and soundbar lineup for 2021 to 2022, all with attractive pricing and a renewed focus on gaming. Even if you’re on a tight budget, Vizio̵
To make things a little easier, we first dived into Vizio’s press material and learned all about the company’s new hardware. Here’s the rundown, starting with the most expensive products and working your way to the entry-level TVs and soundbars.
New Vizio TVs
How much stuff can you put in a TV? All 4K TVs in Vizio’s new lineup come with a voice remote control and feature HDMI 2.1, Dolby Vision, Bluetooth LE and HDR10+ support. Most of the company’s mid-range and premium models use AMD FreeSync technology for a variable refresh rate, and even the cheapest models use the V-Gaming Engine for ultra-low input lag.
When it was all said and done, Vizio knocked it out of the park with these new TVs. There’s something for everyone here, including gamers on a budget.
P Series (Premium)
At the top of Vizio’s catalog is the newly announced 85-inch PQX Series TV (P85QX-J). Pricing and availability are still unknown, but the P85QX-J features a borderless design, 792 local dimming zones, Quantum Color support at 85% REC2020 and a 4K UHD display at 3000 lumens. It also features the gamut of Vizio’s gaming technology: the ProGaming Engine for low input lag, AMD FreeSync Premium for variable refresh rates, plus support for 120Hz refresh rates.
Vizio tells us that the P85QX-J is the only TV from the PQX series to launch this year. The company plans to phase out the 65-inch and 75-inch models in its PQX series.
But don’t worry, Vizio fills the gaps with 65-inch and 75-inch PQ9 series TVs (the P65Q9-J and P75Q9-J). These TVs have an adjustable stand for Vizio soundbars with no additional hardware, Quantum Color support at 85% REC2020, up to 210 local dimming zones, a 1200 lumen 4K display AMD FreeSync Premium and the ProGaming Engine.
The P65Q9-J and P75Q9-J TVs will launch in July for $1,400 and $2,200 respectively.
M series (high end)
Need something less flashy? Vizio’s new M-series TVs pack the best features of the P-series at a much lower price. Vizio also offers its new M-series TVs in smaller sizes, so you don’t have to be stuck buying a huge TV just for the features.
The new MQ7 series TVs are the best of the bunch, with a 4K UHD display, Quantum Color support at 85% REC2020, up to 32 local dimming zones, the ProGaming Engine and AMD FreeSync. Like the PQ9 series TVs, Vizio’s new MQ7 TVs have an adjustable stand that fits Vizio soundbars without additional hardware.
Vizio will offer the MQ7 series TVs in sizes from 50 inches to 75 inches. All MQ7 models will be launched in July, with the exception of the 58-inch model, which will be launched in June. The MQ7 range starts at $750 for the 50-inch model and runs up to $1,400 for the 75-inch model.
The new MQ6 models are stripped down a bit further, with 4K UHD displays, Quantum Color support at 75% REC2020, the ProGaming Engine and FreeSync support. Vizio will offer the MQ6 series TVs in sizes ranging from 43-inch to 75-inch, starting at $400 and running up to $1,000. The 55-inch and 65-inch models are available now, with other models coming in July and August.
V Series (Mid Range)
One thing I like about Vizio’s new lineup is that the mid-range V-series TVs really aren’t all that different from the more expensive models. In fact, the new V6 and V5 TVs are practically identical to each other, with the V-Gaming Engine for variable refresh rates and 4K UHD displays (reminder: all new Vizio 4K TVs have Dolby Vision and HDR10). The only difference is that Vizio’s V6 series TVs have AMD FreeSync, while the cheaper V5 models don’t.
Vizio will sell 75-inch and 70-inch V6 series TVs in June for $920 and $750 respectively. The V5 models span between 43-inch and 75-inch sizes and are available now (the 58-inch model will be in July). Vizio’s new V5 series TVs run from $340 to $900.
D Series (Entry Level)
Need a gaming TV that costs just a few hundred dollars? Vizio’s new D4-series and D-series TVs are surprisingly feature-rich and all cost less than $300.
Both the D4 and D Series TVs have an FHD display, the V-Gaming Engine for variable refresh rates and two HDMI 1.4 ports with ARC support. But the D4 series may be better for gamers as it offers AMD FreeSync support and has thinner bezels than the D series TVs.
Vizio will launch its D4 series TVs in August in 24-inch and 32-inch sizes. They run for $170 and $230 respectively. The cheaper D Series TVs range from 24 to 43 inches and range from $160 to $300. Most D Series TVs are available now, with the 24 and 32-inch models arriving in August. Vizio will also sell cheaper HD versions of the 24-inch and 32-inch D-series TV.
New Vizio Soundbars
Along with its new TVs, Vizio is launching a ton of new soundbars with redesigned remotes, HDMI ARC and Bluetooth connectivity, and surround sound support. All new soundbars display their settings menus on compatible Vizio TVs for easy operation, giving you a good reason to avoid other brands.
At the top of Vizio’s soundbar collection is the Elevate, an 18-speaker interface with 5.1.4 audio channels and an 8-inch wireless subwoofer. It includes Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support, a backlit LCD display, 4 upward-firing speakers, and support for high-quality Chromecast audio streaming.
The new Elevate soundbar is available now for $1,000.
M series (mid range)
Vizio’s new M Series loudspeakers continue to stand above their weight, with premium features and deep bass at an attractive price. They have Dolby Atmos with DTX:X support and in the two more expensive models an LCD screen with backlight.
Three new soundbar models can be seen in the M-series. There is the M512a with 11 speakers and 5.1.2 channels, the M51az with 9 speakers and 5.1 channels, and the M215a with 5 speakers and 2.1 channels.
The M51az is available now for $330, the M512a will arrive in July for $450 and the new M215a will arrive at an undisclosed date for $300.
V Series (Entry Level)
Want to improve your TV sound on a budget? New items in Vizio’s V Series support DTS Digital Surround Sound, DTX Virtual:X and Dolby Audio for great sound quality no matter what you’re watching or playing. Most models come with a wireless subwoofer and all support Bluetooth and HDMI ARC.
Which model V-series soundbar you buy depends on how many speakers and audio channels you want. Vizio’s V51x soundbar, the most expensive in this series, has 6 speakers and 5.1 channels. The V21x and V21t models both have 3 speakers and 2.1 channels, while the stripped-down V21d and V20 models have 2 audio channels and 4 or 2 speakers.
Vizio’s new V-series soundbars start at $100 and go up to $200. All models are available now, except the V20, which arrives in August for $100.