Originally Posted by StevesC5
I asked this question in another forum topic. I didn't really get any usable information. Does anyone know if there is going to be a 2014 model with FALD in the 80 inch size? It looks like the announcement made at the CES show was rather vague when it came to the new 80 inch model. They announced the M801i-A3 which is now available. But that set is now in stores and it's only Razor Edge Lit, No FALD. Is there going to be another new 80" model with FALD or is the 80" excluded from having FALD for 2014?
This is the Vizio Press Release on the 2014 Vizio E and Vizio M: http://store.vizio.com/news/vizio-announces-2014-e-series-and-m-series-hdtv-collections
"For consumers interested in stepping up to a higher grade of picture quality, VIZIO’s 2014 M-Series collection offers enhanced picture quality with screen sizes ranging from 32” to 80” .Using advanced Full-Array LED backlighting technology, the 2014 VIZIO M-Series models provide superior picture performance
. With up to 32 Active LED Zones, consumers will notice more evenly distributed backlighting across the screen for more accurate and deeper black levels and brighter, more vivid details. Plus, Active Pixel Tuning delivers intelligent pixel level luminance adjustments to further increase contrast and picture detail accuracy."
"Like the all-new E-Series, the 2014 M-Series collection also includes design enhancements like a premium metallic finish and ultra-narrow 8mm bezels that are up to 20% slimmer than last year’s models
"VIZIO M-Series Full-Array LED backlit LCD Smart TVs
(M322i) $329.99 (MSRP)
(M422i) $529.99 (MSRP)
(M492i) $699.99 (MSRP)
(M502i) $729.99 (MSRP)
(M552i) $899.99 (MSRP)
(M602i) $1,199.99 (MSRP)
(M652i) $1,499.99 (MSRP)
(M702i) $1,899.99 (MSRP)(M801i) $3,299.99 (MSRP)
So unless they are fabricating in this press release, I don't think there can be any doubt that Vizio plans to release an 80" 1080p FALD M Series panel this year along with the rest of the sizes.
A Razor edge-lit M -Series is not FALD, end of story. If there is any further doubt, measure the bezel to see if it is 20% slimmer than the 2013 model or not.
Don't get me wrong, Vizio's use of partial model codes ('M801i' instead of 'M801i-xx') along with their unannounced re-release of the 2013 80" M-Series as the M801i-A3 is a disaster and almost seems like they want to cause as much confusion as they can. I guess that may be what you have to expect when you only have a marketing staffed by a college undergrad working one day per week.