At a Glance

Sound & Vision - - TEST REPORT -

Ex­cep­tional Value Ef­fec­tive full ar­ray lo­cal dim­ming

Bril­liant HDR

Lim­ited off-cen­ter view­ing an­gle

So-so sound

$2,100 888-VIZIOCE

grayscale leaned to­ward red at the up­per end of the bright­ness range. But it still per­formed well enough with HD ma­te­rial that most view­ers will be pleased. Af­ter cal­i­bra­tion I had no com­plaints. My Fair Lady is a disc I’ve fre­quently used for TV eval­u­a­tions. Apart from a few early scenes that show signs of an in­com­plete restora­tion

(my disc isn’t the most re­cent re-re­lease) it looked glo­ri­ous through­out, with crisp de­tail and im­pres­sive color, bright­ness, and con­trast.

There’s lit­tle in the way of dark scenes on My Fair Lady, but more than enough of them on Harry Pot­ter and the Deathly Hal­lows Part 2. It’s the best disc I know of for judg­ing black level and shadow de­tail. The Vizio didn’t dis­ap­point on any of its many chal­lenges, in­clud­ing the iconic, cli­mac­tic night at­tack on Hog­warts start­ing in Chap­ter 11. Only an OLED can do no­tice­ably bet­ter with this ma­te­rial, and then mainly in a to­tally dark­ened room.

I did most of my view­ing of 4K/HDR ma­te­rial post-cal­i­bra­tion, con­cen­trat­ing on HDR10. Cal­i­bra­tion and setup for HDR10 proved tricky on the PQ65-F1, and for best pic­ture qual­ity re­sults I ended up de­vi­at­ing slightly from the set­tings that I had used for the HDR10 cal­i­bra­tion. (Pic­ture set­tings will be in­cluded in the on­line ver­sion of this re­port at soun­dand­vi­ Dolby Vi­sion wasn’t sep­a­rately cal­i­brated.)

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