Best LCD TV: Vizio M-Series Quantum

Tim Chan & Brandt Ranj

Rolling Stone

Vizio’s M-Series TV has an LCD screen, but it manages to keep up well when stacked up against OLED sets several times more expensive.

We recommend the 55-inch version because it’ll hit the sweet spot for most bedrooms and living rooms, but this TV is also available in 50 inch, 65 inch and 70 inches. One of the reasons Vizio’s TV is so good is its use of local dimming zones. This technology allows the TV to adjust the brightness of small pieces of the screen based on what you’re watching. The effect is that the darker parts of an image look darker, and the lighter parts look lighter — a good example of this is a dark scene of a movie with a single, small light source. The TV also supports AMD FreeSync, a technology that makes fast-paced action — think games — look smooth.

Vizio’s TV runs a proprietary operating system, but in my experience it’s been very easy to use. The interface is logically laid out, and apps like Netflix load quickly. The TV supports both the Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa, so you can control it hands-free. It has a built-in Chromecast,  and even works with Apple’s AirPlay 2 standard. I’ve streamed videos and audio to the TV from my iPhone over AirPlay 2, and the TV is surprisingly responsive. This level of connectivity and compatibility is almost unheard of.

This TV is equipped with four HDMI ports, a set of composite (red, white, yellow) ports, an optical audio output, one set of RCA outputs, an antenna port, an Ethernet jack, and a USB port. That’s enough inputs to connect all your entire home theater equipment without any splitters or adapters.

If you want a big screen 4K TV for your home, Vizio’s 55-inch M-Series Quantum TV is the obvious choice.


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