M-Series Stories April 19, 2016


It’s been a busy stretch run for television manufacturers as we’ve seen a number of new releases from Samsung, LG and Roku-enabled brands. This is great timing for potential deals at the holiday season as these new sets will have hit the market for at least six months. Today, VIZIO is the latest to announce new 4K HDR television with its new Home Theater Display Collection.

Alongside its next generation SmartCast system with Google Cast that was announced in March, the M-Series will feature a unique design and full High Dynamic Range with Dolby Vision Support. With sizes ranging from 50- to 80-inches, this is setting up to be one of the most desirable value buys of 2016…

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M-Series Stories October 7, 2015

Ever wonder what a $130K VIZIO Ultra HDTV looks like? Now we know.

Today, VIZIO announced pricing on its new Reference Series High Dynamic Range Televisions. This line-up includes Dolby Vision playback technology and a localized dimming LED backlight system with 384 zones which delivers precise control of colors throughout the entire display.

The Reference Series has built-in 5.1 audio with a low-end that hits 20Hz and it can pump out 102dB of sound. It ships with satellite speakers and a wireless subwoofer. Additionally, it has 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi, future-ready HDMI inputs and smart functionality.

It’s basically 4K video on steroids, particularly the brightness and clarity. There is only a handful of titles that are currently available in this format and VIZIO is including access to VUDU’s Warner Brothers collection with each purchase.

But we doubt that collection of movies is going to offset the sticker price of these new models. The 65-inch model will carry a $5,999 price tag, while the gargantuan 120-inch VIZIO will go for an astounding $129,999. Both models are available as “special orders” today.

I think we’ll be sticking to VIZIO’s popular M-Series line of 4K Ultra HDTVs.

M-Series Stories October 5, 2015

VIZIO 49-inch 120Hz M-Series LED Smart 4K Ultra HDTV: $580 shipped (Reg. $720)

Update (10/8 12:50pm): BuyDig via eBay Daily Deals is also now offering the Vizio 60-Inch 240Hz 4K Ultra HD Smart LED HDTV (M60-C3) for $1,099.99 shipped (Reg. $1,280+, best we can find). Rated 4.2/5 stars from over 500 Amazon customers.

BuyDig via eBay Daily Deals offers the VIZIO 49-inch 120Hz M-Series LED Smart 4K Ultra HDTV (model M49-C1) for $579.99 with free shipping. That’s $140 below its regular price and the best direct discount we’ve ever seen. This 2015 ultra-high-definition television features a 2160p resolution, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, internet apps, and a sleek design. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars from nearly 500 Amazon reviewers.

Need a lot fewer pixels but a very smart Roku built in? The TCL 720P 32″ with built-in Roku is $179.99 shipped at Amazon. Great for a bedroom/play area/ kitchen/workroom, this has 3 HDMI inputs and Optical audio out with 4.3/5 star reviews.

M-Series Stories August 13, 2015

expiredAudio-Technica ATH-M70x over-ear headphones + Apogee Groove portable headphone amp $329 shipped ($600 value)

Adorama has another interesting combo deal with the Apogee Groove Portable USB DAC/Headphone Amplifier and a set of Audio-Technica ATH-M70x Professional Monitor Headphones for $329 shipped.

Combining both items, that’s about $270 under the original prices and the best we can find. The Apogee Groove still fetches $300 on Amazon and has yet to go on sale outside of bundle deals like today’s. On top of that, these bundles don’t usually include a pair of headphones as nice as the $299 Audio-Technica ATH-M70x.

The Apogee Groove has received a 5/5 star rating from 14 Amazon customers and the ATH-M70x headphones have a 4/5 star rating much like the rest of the extremely popular ATH-M series headphones. You can learn more about the Apogee Groove and what it has to offer in our full announcement post.

Apogee Groove Portable USB DAC features:

  • USB 2.0 connection to Mac and PC with up to 24 bit / 192kHz audio
  • Enhances your iTunes, Tidal, Spotify, Pandora or other music listening experiences
  • Constant Current Drive provides smooth frequency response with any headphones
  • Quad Sum DAC , 4 DACs per channel for highest dynamic range and lowest distortion
  • Premium aluminum build quality, Built in the USA

Audio-Technica ATH-M70x features:

  • M-Series flagship model, tuned for extremely accurate reproduction and carefully crafted using key metal components for lasting durability
  • Proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers with rare earth magnetsand copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils
  • Extended response accurately reproduces extreme low and highfrequencies while maintaining perfect balance
  • Circumaural design contours around the ears for excellent soundisolation in loud environments
  • 90 degree swiveling earcups for easy, one-ear monitoring

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