local dimming

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1099

Scott is back to talk about Vizio's new 70" LED LCD screen. Scott likes it because it's great value for the money and offers local dimming through back lit zones which allow for more accurate blacks and colors on the screen. Vizio has also officially killed 3D as an option on their screen. Scott says if you look at the model number that ends in the letter "A," it's a 2013 model, and "B" is a 2014 model. And 2014 models will be back lit, not edge lit. So look for "B" models. Also, 70" TVs are ideal for viewing at 10 feet. If you can afford it, that's what you should get.

Scott Wilkinson, Home Theater HiFi

Episode 926

Mike has a Sony 32" HDTV that's five years old, and needs to upgrade. He's sitting about 14' away, and wants to watch movies and do some gaming. Scott says he needs to have a larger TV at that distance. Leo says he'll want a bigger screen than he thinks for what Scott calls "immersion." As such, at 14' away, the optimum is about 90", which is not in Mike's sub $700 price range. So he should get the biggest he can afford.