Vizio Rolls Out New TruLED XVT HDTVs

Vizio has announced the immediate availability of its new high-end TruLED XVT high-definition televisions, backed with performance enhancements designed to crank up the display quality and contrast ratios, improve image uniformity, and offer broader angles of viewing. But in case improvements to picture quality aren’t enough to lure consumers to its high-end sets, all the new sets feature Vizio Internet Apps—VIA—along with 802.11n Wi-Fi and a Bluetooth remote with a QWERTY keypad enables full interaction with services like Facebook and Twitter via a television.

“Our dedication to high performance drives us to use the best commercially available technology,” said Vizio’s New Products VP John Schindler, in a statement. “Each of our XVT TruLED sets uses a Full Array with local dimming that produces an unquestioned superior picture.”

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Of course, Vizio isn’t immune from using edge-lit technology itself: the 32-inch XVT323SV and 37-inch XVT373SV use Vizio’s Razor LED edge-lighting with local dimming, which the company says boosts contrast from 50,000:1 in previous models to a 1,000,000:1 in the new XVT series. They’re also less than 2 inches thick, 120Hz refresh rates, and offer full 1080p resolution.

But the real flagships are the 42-inch XVT423SV, 47-inch XVT473SV, and 55-inch XVT553SV, which Vizio says reach contrast ratios of up to 10,000,000:1 with true blacks. The 53-inch and 42-inch models offer 120 zones of local dimming (compared to 80 zones in their predecessors), while the 47-inch model stops up to 1060 local dimming zones from 120 in the earlier model. The sets all boast 240 Hz refresh rates and 1080p resolution, five HDMI 1.3 inputs, along with TruSurroundHD and TruVolume technologies.

All the new XVT sets offer Vizio Internet Apps, which can use an existing home broadband connection to tap into services like Netflix, Pandora, Vudu, Flickr, and more. The QWERTY-equipped Bluetooth remote enables users to easily tap into messaging and search features from their televisions.

All five units are available now; the 32- and 37-inch models are prices at $699 and $899, respectively, while the 42-, 47-, and 55- inch models carry suggested prices of $1,199, $1,799, and $2,199.