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Vizio Prices Reference TVs At $129,999 & $5,999

Vizio’s 120-inch 365-pound RS 120 Reference series Ultra HD TV will be priced at $129,000 when it is available later this year in time for the holidays.

The 65-inch RS 65 Reference TV will retail for a suggested $5,999. It has been upgraded to a quantum-dot display since the two products were unveiled in April, further expanding its color gamut. The 120-inch TV was not upgraded to quantum-dot technology because quantum-dot film of that size is unavailable, said John Hwang, director of TV-product management.

The prices include delivery.

The Reference series represents the company’s highest end TVs to date, and both models feature Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) technology. The TVs will play back about a dozen Dolby Vision-encoded Warner Bros. titles that will be available through the TVs’ Vudu streaming app in time for the TVs’ shipment, Dolby VP Roland Vlaicu told TWICE. Netflix will also offer Dolby Vision titles later this year, starting with season one of the “Marco Polo” series that it produces, with season two coming later this year after season two debuts, he said. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment also plans to distribute streaming content encoded in Dolby Vision, he added.

Consumers can order both TVs now, and Vizio will arrange for installation through installers served by the PowerHouse Alliance of distributors. Vizio is focusing Reference distribution on custom installers and A/V specialists, and the products won’t be available through Vizio’s traditional distribution through chains such as Costco.

Vizio did not say when PowerHouse installers would be able to spec the TVs into their own jobs.

Dolby Vision HDR decoders and Dolby Vision content widen the contrast range between the brightest highlights and the deepest blacks, delivering picture details within the contrast extremes. It also supports a wider color gamut.

In the 120-inch TV, Vizio’s proprietary Ultra-Color Spectrum technology widens the color gamut to levels approaching quantum-dot technology. The 120-inch model delivers 96 percent of the DCI-P3 color-gamut standard that has been used for years by digital cinemas, and its delivers 73 percent of the Rec. 2020 gamut delivered by a handful of digital cinemas that have implemented Dolby Cinema technology, Vizio said. For now, however, Dolby Vision titles are mastered to the P3 standard, said Vlaicu.

With the addition of quantum-dot film to the 65-inch TV’s display, the 65-inch TV will deliver 120 percent of the DCI-P3 gamut and 87 percent of the Rec. 2020 gamut, Vizio said.

The TVs also deliver 800-nit brightness compared with standard TVs’ 100-nit brightness. They also feature 10-bit panels, full-array LED direct backlighting, and 384 active LED zones. They feature five HDMI 2.0 ports with HDCP 2.2 copy protection. The company is determining if the ports will be upgradable to HDMI 2.0a, which supports HDR from outboard sources such as 4K Blu-ray players and 4K set-top boxes.