2019 Vizio P series G1 Owner's Thread (No Price Talk)
New owner of the P659-G1 here and I haven’t seen any other dedicated threads yet. For starters, I’m coming from a Samsung 5300 plasma that’s had picture issues for the last few years so needless to say, the Vizio is a huge upgrade for me.
Unboxing and setup was simple. I’m using a Denon AVR-4400 and the Xfinity 4K cable box in my chain. Everything (I think) is communicating properly. Netflix from the cable box displays with 4K HDR on the TV and Netflix from the in-TV app displays with Dolby Vision. So check those boxes. ARC through HDMI seems to be seamless as it’s all working. I only have a 4.0 setup though so I can’t test for Atmos or some fancier surround processing.
Picture impressions by me, a typical amateur TV viewer, are good. First off, I only got this thing setup late last night and I don’t own an HDR DVD player. The TV has built in test patterns but I haven’t had a chance to run through them yet. I put the TV in ‘calibrated’ mode and haven’t yet made any other adjustments. The picture is bright, it looks good, and I don’t have too many criticisms.
I put on Our Planet to try and assess the picture. For normal TV viewing (about 1.5 hours of watching), I did not notice any anomalies related to local dimming. Transitions and scene changes looked smooth. The only local dimming anomaly occurred on an all gray loading screen that had a white circle in the middle with a black area of the whole circle going around the circle. In that case, you could see each one of the local zones flickering on and off. But that never occurred in real-life viewing.
Off axis viewing did highlight some imperfections. Standing around 13 ft from the screen and stepping ~8 feet to the side you notice a fairly visible shift in contrast. It’s not terrible, my wife would never notice, but I do. I do think that as you go even more off axis from there it does t seem to get that much worse. To me there was this point where you notice that it’s deteriorated, but then it more or less holds there. Minor annoyance but I knew what I was getting with LCD.
The only other anomaly was some very very minor banding. There was a scene in Our Planet in the desert, where the screen is tan color from a dust storm. In that instance, I saw a couple very faint bands when I was off axis. This would never be noticed by the casual observer, but I saw it. For me, I’m not worried at all by it. It took a very specific screen picture and off-axis viewing to see it.
So, there are some early observations. What else can I do to help the forum? Not sure if anyone else owns this thing yet. Are there any tests that I’m able to run to help unlock some mystery about the panel? Happy to oblige when I can.