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Just purchased the Vizio V-series (V436-G1 version) off of Best Buy not too long ago today and thus maybe it's time for the 2019 Vizio V-series TV lineup to have its own official owner's thread on this website. It is Vizio's entry-level model of the year, with M-series being mid-range, and P series being high-end obviously. Learn about all the key specs & features on the Vizio website: https://www.vizio.com/v-series
HINT: The 2019 Vizio V-series have two different versions, one having 400 peak brightness and 10 local dimming zones (V436-G1, V556-G1, and V656-G4 models only) the other one pretty much just basic as heck.
As soon as the TV arrives at my house on either Monday or Tuesday, I'd play around with it for a while before bringing out my final review here.
 

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Excellent! Glad you started this thread! I actually purchased the V435 from Walmart just before Vizio released the V436. I spent about two weeks with it before I decided to purchase the V436 as well, and do some comparisons. I picked the 436 up yesterday, and got to play around with it last night, and do some side-by-side comparisons. I’ll play with it again tonight, but these are my first impressions:

The 435 has a much slower and less responsive Smartcast interface than the 436, at least with my examples, though they are identical appearance-wise. The local dimming on the 436 is so much better than I thought it could be with only 10 zones, and seems to improve contrast by a huge margin. It blows the 435 away in terms of dark scenes and black levels. I have found some strange behaviors with the local dimming in a couple of specific scenes. I found that changing the local dimming setting to ”high” yielded the best results, and alleviated most of these issues. As well, the claimed Ultrabright 400 on the 436 seems to really add pop to the HDR highlights in a way that the 435 couldn’t.

Rtings.com did a review/test on the 435, and measured a contrast ratio of almost 7400:1. If the same panels are used in both versions of the V, this number could increase substantially with the 436. I have suggested that they do a review of the local-dimming models as well. We’ll see.

I’ve been watching a 32 inch Panasonic LCD from 2009 for the past six months. Before that, it was a 2016 Vizio D series that claimed local dimming that it didn’t really benefit from. In 2012, I owned a 60-inch Sharp Elite, and before that a Sony KD-36XBR960 CRT. It’s been a while since I had a high-end display, and I’m amazed at what a $300 budget television can do these days. I am super excited about the 43-inch Vizio M-series. It hasn’t been released yet. When it is, I plan to purchase one and do some comparison videos between the three. I’m pretty sure I’ll end up with the M-series, but the fact that you can get so much great picture quality from a budget display is mind-boggling. It’s a good time to be a videophile on a budget, and I’m sure it’s only going to get better.
 
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I wonder if the blur improved at all or if it's the same as the older model? I'm really interested in the V436-G1 to replace my sony x800D that just blew out but I mainly use it as a pc monitor and for gaming.
 

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The TV just arrived at my apartment a couple of hours ago today, just got back home and I am super duper excited to open this & play around with it!
Come back next week for my complete & honest opinion on the Vizio V436-G1 TV.

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Ok guys, here's my complete thoughts & impressions on my Vizio V436-G1 TV. I've had this TV for almost two weeks now and so far I've been quite impressed for the price around here. This TV replaced my almost two year old LG 43UJ6300 which was an alright television but obviously due to the nature of IPS technology the black levels weren't that great & neither was the contrast, plus the HDR on there I couldn't really tell much difference between HDR and SDR content. This Vizio on the other hand I felt the blacks were much better than the LG as expected from a VA-based TV, contrast is fine too, and the HDR despite only 400 peak brightness even the HDR I felt it was better on the Vizio than my previous LG TV. The 10 local dimming zones on the G1 version of the Vizio V-series TV actually does help out with the dark scenes of different movies & video games, you'll be hard pressed to find anything better around the same price, even putting the TCL 5 series to shame a little bit. I've tested many things on the TV from gaming (I play Xbox One X) to watching movies (both disc and streaming) and so forth, and again for the price the Vizio V436-G1 performed pretty well on almost all of them. On gaming, the input lag is low 99.99% of time and you'll be glad to see that this TV supports HDR10 (the standard dominating format), Dolby Vision (Dolby's HDR format that's considered better than HDR10 because of 12-bit colors and the higher 4000 nits vs just 1000 nits on HDR10) and HLG, sadly as expected from Vizio the upscaling of 480i, 480p, and even 720p content don't look that great, everything's more soft-looking for some reason, 1080p and 4K content look awesome though. The Smart TV functionality on the Vizio is mostly average at best, while TCL has Roku, Hisense & Sony have Android TV, and LG & Samsung both have their own respective OS systems, Vizio decides to go with Chromecast-based OS system, and to be kinda fair with you I'm not a huge fan of it. It does have decent amount of apps to choose from like Netflix, Youtube, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Vudu, Crackle, FandangoNow, even Youtube TV is here, and among others. Anyways, I found Vizio's Smart TV system to be fairly slow & laggy but serviceable most of the time, if you're not a fan of it like me, you can always purchase a Firestick, Roku, or Apple TV for your streaming duties, I use Roku Ultra around here. When I did test out Vizio's Smartcast OS, I was shocked & very happy to see Netflix on there not only support Dolby Vision but also Dolby Atmos on content that is mixed in that immersive audio format, and surprise surprise the lossy Atmos passthrough worked on my Denon receiver, you obviously need to set the TV's audio out to "Auto" or "Bitstream" to get it going, lossy Dolby Atmos is also gladly supported on Prime Video and Vudu, Dolby Vision is present on Prime Video too. Vudu I couldn't get Dolby Vision to work for some reason, maybe it's either something I'm not doing right or maybe Vudu on there don't support Dolby Vision, Youtube HDR is also present on there too. With the exception of Netflix, I'd just stream the rest of the apps on my Roku Ultra.
So in conclusion the Vizio V-series with Ultrabright 400 and 10-12 local dimming zones is a surprisingly great TV for not a lot of money, it's never been a better time to be a videophile on a budget, recommended.
Final rating: 8.5/10

Key specs:
HDMI inputs: 3 (all HDMI 2.0b & support HDCP 2.2 certification)
Legacy inputs: 1 optical audio out, 1 RCA audio out, and 1 composite video input
USB ports: 1 (USB 2.0)
HDR formats: HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision
Smart TV OS system: Smartcast 3.0
Supported resolutions: 480i, 480p, 576i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 4K (2160p)
Native refresh rate panel: 60hz
Audio formats passthrough HDMI-ARC: LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital, DTS Digital Surround, and Dolby Digital Plus (including the lossy Dolby Atmos layer)
Audio formats passthrough Optical Audio: LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital, and DTS Digital Surround
TV panel technology: VA
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Ok guys, here's my complete thoughts & impressions on my Vizio V436-G1 TV. I've had this TV for almost two weeks now and so far I've been quite impressed for the price around here. This TV replaced my almost two year old LG 43UJ6300 which was an alright television but obviously due to the nature of IPS technology the black levels weren't that great & neither was the contrast, plus the HDR on there I couldn't really tell much difference between HDR and SDR content. This Vizio on the other hand I felt the blacks were much better than the LG as expected from a VA-based TV, contrast is fine too, and the HDR despite only 400 peak brightness even the HDR I felt it was better on the Vizio than my previous LG TV. The 10 local dimming zones on the G1 version of the Vizio V-series TV actually does help out with the dark scenes of different movies & video games, you'll be hard pressed to find anything better around the same price, even putting the TCL 5 series to shame a little bit. I've tested many things on the TV from gaming (I play Xbox One X) to watching movies (both disc and streaming) and so forth, and again for the price the Vizio V436-G1 performed pretty well on almost all of them. On gaming, the input lag is low 99.99% of time and you'll be glad to see that this TV supports HDR10 (the standard dominating format), Dolby Vision (Dolby's HDR format that's considered better than HDR10 because of 12-bit colors and the higher 4000 nits vs just 1000 nits on HDR10) and HLG, sadly as expected from Vizio the upscaling of 480i, 480p, and even 720p content don't look that great, everything's more soft-looking for some reason, 1080p and 4K content look awesome though. The Smart TV functionality on the Vizio is mostly average at best, while TCL has Roku, Hisense & Sony have Android TV, and LG & Samsung both have their own respective OS systems, Vizio decides to go with Chromecast-based OS system, and to be kinda fair with you I'm not a huge fan of it. It does have decent amount of apps to choose from like Netflix, Youtube, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Vudu, Crackle, FandangoNow, even Youtube TV is here, and among others. Anyways, I found Vizio's Smart TV system to be fairly slow & laggy but serviceable most of the time, if you're not a fan of it like me, you can always purchase a Firestick, Roku, or Apple TV for your streaming duties, I use Roku Ultra around here. When I did test out Vizio's Smartcast OS, I was shocked & very happy to see Netflix on there not only support Dolby Vision but also Dolby Atmos on content that is mixed in that immersive audio format, and surprise surprise the lossy Atmos passthrough worked on my Denon receiver, you obviously need to set the TV's audio out to "Auto" or "Bitstream" to get it going, lossy Dolby Atmos is also gladly supported on Prime Video and Vudu, Dolby Vision is present on Prime Video too. Vudu I couldn't get Dolby Vision to work for some reason, maybe it's either something I'm not doing right or maybe Vudu on there don't support Dolby Vision, Youtube HDR is also present on there too. With the exception of Netflix, I'd just stream the rest of the apps on my Roku Ultra.
So in conclusion the Vizio V-series with Ultrabright 400 and 10-12 local dimming zones is a surprisingly great TV for not a lot of money, it's never been a better time to be a videophile on a budget, recommended.
Final rating: 8.5/10

Key specs:
HDMI inputs: 3 (all HDMI 2.0b & support HDCP 2.2 certification)
Legacy inputs: 1 optical audio out, 1 RCA audio out, and 1 composite video input
USB ports: 1 (USB 2.0)
HDR formats: HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision
Smart TV OS system: Smartcast 3.0
Supported resolutions: 480i, 480p, 576i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 4K (2160p)
Native refresh rate panel: 60hz
Audio formats passthrough HDMI-ARC: LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital, DTS Digital Surround, and Dolby Digital Plus (including the lossy Dolby Atmos layer)
Audio formats passthrough Optical Audio: LPCM Stereo and Dolby Digital
TV panel technology: VA
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I'm interested in this tv and im comparing against the E43-f1.. I've read reviews that the 2018 E series is actually better than the 2019 V Series.... One question i have is the E43-F1 does pass DTS audio through the optical audio output and everything im reading says the V436-G1 does not pass DTS through the optical audio output... Can anyone verify this for me?? and do you have any opinion on if the E Series is better??
 

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@Josh38LC Although I never had last year's E series, Rtings.com and a couple of other sources have confirmed that DTS Digital Surround is supported through optical audio, just need to set it to "Bitstream" to get it working or else if you leave it at "Auto", DTS may output in LPCM stereo instead.
 

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@Josh38LC Although I never had last year's E series, Rtings.com and a couple of other sources have confirmed that DTS Digital Surround is supported through optical audio, just need to set it to "Bitstream" to get it working or else if you leave it at "Auto", DTS may output in LPCM stereo instead.
Does your V Series support DTS through the optical?
 

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Does your V Series support DTS through the optical?
Just about the one & only thing I haven't tested yet since I'm using HDMI-ARC but in just a little bit I will hook up the optical cable from my Denon receiver to the TV & see if DTS really is not supported through optical this year for some weird reason.
 

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Just about the one & only thing I haven't tested yet since I'm using HDMI-ARC but in just a little bit I will hook up the optical cable from my Denon receiver to the TV & see if DTS really is not supported through optical this year for some weird reason.
thanks man!
 

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@Josh38LC Testing complete, despite what Rtings.com claims, I somehow was able to get DTS working through optical audio output, if your receiver or soundbar saids "DTS" while passing through optical, that means it is working.
 

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@Josh38LC Testing complete, despite what Rtings.com claims, I somehow was able to get DTS working through optical audio output, if your receiver or soundbar saids "DTS" while passing through optical, that means it is working.
thanks man... i was wondering if they were right or not... Im gonna go ahead and order the V series now then...
 

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Ok guys, here's my complete thoughts & impressions on my Vizio V436-G1 TV. I've had this TV for almost two weeks now and so far I've been quite impressed for the price around here. This TV replaced my almost two year old LG 43UJ6300 which was an alright television but obviously due to the nature of IPS technology the black levels weren't that great & neither was the contrast, plus the HDR on there I couldn't really tell much difference between HDR and SDR content. This Vizio on the other hand I felt the blacks were much better than the LG as expected from a VA-based TV, contrast is fine too, and the HDR despite only 400 peak brightness even the HDR I felt it was better on the Vizio than my previous LG TV. The 10 local dimming zones on the G1 version of the Vizio V-series TV actually does help out with the dark scenes of different movies & video games, you'll be hard pressed to find anything better around the same price, even putting the TCL 5 series to shame a little bit. I've tested many things on the TV from gaming (I play Xbox One X) to watching movies (both disc and streaming) and so forth, and again for the price the Vizio V436-G1 performed pretty well on almost all of them. On gaming, the input lag is low 99.99% of time and you'll be glad to see that this TV supports HDR10 (the standard dominating format), Dolby Vision (Dolby's HDR format that's considered better than HDR10 because of 12-bit colors and the higher 4000 nits vs just 1000 nits on HDR10) and HLG, sadly as expected from Vizio the upscaling of 480i, 480p, and even 720p content don't look that great, everything's more soft-looking for some reason, 1080p and 4K content look awesome though. The Smart TV functionality on the Vizio is mostly average at best, while TCL has Roku, Hisense & Sony have Android TV, and LG & Samsung both have their own respective OS systems, Vizio decides to go with Chromecast-based OS system, and to be kinda fair with you I'm not a huge fan of it. It does have decent amount of apps to choose from like Netflix, Youtube, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Vudu, Crackle, FandangoNow, even Youtube TV is here, and among others. Anyways, I found Vizio's Smart TV system to be fairly slow & laggy but serviceable most of the time, if you're not a fan of it like me, you can always purchase a Firestick, Roku, or Apple TV for your streaming duties, I use Roku Ultra around here. When I did test out Vizio's Smartcast OS, I was shocked & very happy to see Netflix on there not only support Dolby Vision but also Dolby Atmos on content that is mixed in that immersive audio format, and surprise surprise the lossy Atmos passthrough worked on my Denon receiver, you obviously need to set the TV's audio out to "Auto" or "Bitstream" to get it going, lossy Dolby Atmos is also gladly supported on Prime Video and Vudu, Dolby Vision is present on Prime Video too. Vudu I couldn't get Dolby Vision to work for some reason, maybe it's either something I'm not doing right or maybe Vudu on there don't support Dolby Vision, Youtube HDR is also present on there too. With the exception of Netflix, I'd just stream the rest of the apps on my Roku Ultra.
So in conclusion the Vizio V-series with Ultrabright 400 and 10-12 local dimming zones is a surprisingly great TV for not a lot of money, it's never been a better time to be a videophile on a budget, recommended.
Final rating: 8.5/10

Key specs:
HDMI inputs: 3 (all HDMI 2.0b & support HDCP 2.2 certification)
Legacy inputs: 1 optical audio out, 1 RCA audio out, and 1 composite video input
USB ports: 1 (USB 2.0)
HDR formats: HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision
Smart TV OS system: Smartcast 3.0
Supported resolutions: 480i, 480p, 576i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 4K (2160p)
Native refresh rate panel: 60hz
Audio formats passthrough HDMI-ARC: LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital, DTS Digital Surround, and Dolby Digital Plus (including the lossy Dolby Atmos layer)
Audio formats passthrough Optical Audio: LPCM Stereo and Dolby Digital
TV panel technology: VA
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Nice review! Thanks for posting your thoughts.

I will also add that Vudu on my V436 does not support Dolby Vision, and is not listed on their list of supported devices. Maybe they’ll update at some point.

After spending a couple of weeks with it, I will add a few more observations, and also a video comparison with some notes:

In some content, there is significant backlight bleed in dark scenes. In GOT, season 8, episode 3, The Long Night, in the opening sequence with the camera following Tyrion, the backlight bleed is very noticeable. Also, because of the number (and therefore size) of the zones, there is obvious changing in the brightness of the zones, especially in scenes with static backgrounds with a person or object moving between zones. There was an anomaly in one specific scene in Game of Thrones, season 6, episode 2, worth mentioning. In the scene when Tyrion frees the dragons, from when he gets to the bottom of the stairs to just before the dragons come out from shadows, all of the dark areas are a blue color. I played the scene on all three local dimming settings, as well as with it turned off, compared it to the V435 (non-local dimming), as well as my iPhone X screen, and concluded the anomaly is exclusive to the 436. I haven’t seen this in any other content, but it’s worth mentioning. I’m curious to know if this is an issue on yours as well. So I have found some issues, but they’re not deal breakers for me. I WILL be comparing it to the M437 when they release it. Although it only has two more than the V, I have a feeling the arrangement of the local dimming zones might have a significant impact on picture quality, and, along with quantum dots, might make it worth the upgrade for me. Below is a comparison between the V435 and V436. The video is comprised first of the local dimming test pattern from Rtings.com, followed by the intro to the live action Beauty and the Beast. The 435 is on the right, and the 436 is on the left:

https://youtu.be/J3jWCvneJ5w

Both TVs were set to “Calibrated Dark” (though the 435 has a noticeably orange bias), and the local dimming on the 436 is set to high, which I found yielded the best results of the local dimming settings. Although brighter highlights are washed out, you can really tell the black level differences, and played back on my iPhone X the video fairly accurately represents the black level difference as I saw it. Because Rtings.com reported a contrast ratio of around 7400:1 on the 435, I was really disappointed by its black levels. I thought MY 435 might have an IPS panel, but have verified that it is VA. Even with local dimming off, the 436 wipes the floor with the 435 in terms of black levels and overall contrast. It makes me wonder if I got a bad panel with the 435. Keep in mind that all of my observations are subjective. I don’t have any test equipment, and therefore didn’t take any measurements, but until the M437 releases, the V435 is probably the best 43” currently available.
 
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I'm interested in this tv and im comparing against the E43-f1.. I've read reviews that the 2018 E series is actually better than the 2019 V Series.... One question i have is the E43-F1 does pass DTS audio through the optical audio output and everything im reading says the V436-G1 does not pass DTS through the optical audio output... Can anyone verify this for me?? and do you have any opinion on if the E Series is better??
Keep in mind that the version Rtings reviewed is the V435, which does not have local dimming or higher brightness, like the V436, yet is the same price.
 
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@Geickel I just saw your video comparison and after seeing it, I guess I'm really glad I got the V436 instead of V435. It'll be very interesting to compare the V436 and the 43 inch M series TV when it gets released, if you get it, I'd be very well looking forward to a comparison video of it.
 

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@Geickel I just saw your video comparison and after seeing it, I guess I'm really glad I got the V436 instead of V435. It'll be very interesting to compare the V436 and the 43 inch M series TV when it gets released, if you get it, I'd be very well looking forward to a comparison video of it.
I plan to do one. I’ll probably spend more time on the next comparison video. My main hope is that, while the V436 has 2 columns of 5 dimming zones, the M437 will have 3 columns of 4. This will keep the bright things that are happening in the center of the screen from affecting the black levels on the extreme right and left side. That is why I think, assuming the orientation of the zones is what I hope them to be, that the M437 will far outperform the V436. If I’m thinking correctly, the closer you can get the zones to being squares (as opposed to long rectangles), the more precise they can be. Then beyond that, the smaller the squares (zones) become, the more and more precise they can be.
 

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I plan to do one. I’ll probably spend more time on the next comparison video. My main hope is that, while the V436 has 2 columns of 5 dimming zones, the M437 will have 3 columns of 4. This will keep the bright things that are happening in the center of the screen from affecting the black levels on the extreme right and left side. That is why I think, assuming the orientation of the zones is what I hope them to be, that the M437 will far outperform the V436. If I’m thinking correctly, the closer you can get the zones to being squares (as opposed to long rectangles), the more precise they can be. Then beyond that, the smaller the squares (zones) become, the more and more precise they can be.
As far as I am aware, the 43" and 50" of the 2019 M-Series will only have a lower end variant of 400-nits and up to 20 local dimming zones (on the 65" for the G0 model). The 43" will only have 12 zones and I have not seen anything to suggest that it will get a higher end model since both the 43" and 50" only had the G1 models listed.
 

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As far as I am aware, the 43" and 50" of the 2019 M-Series will only have a lower end variant of 400-nits and up to 20 local dimming zones (on the 65" for the G0 model). The 43" will only have 12 zones and I have not seen anything to suggest that it will get a higher end model since both the 43" and 50" only had the G1 models listed.
That is correct. I’m wondering if something I said suggests I believe otherwise. To clarify, the V436 has 2 columns of five dimming zones. This means that brighter objects in the horizontal center of the display require both left and right zones (both columns) to illuminate to accommodate them, which in turn causes darker portions toward the horizontal extremes to wash out, because the zones are so long horizontally that they are pulling double duty. The way I figure it, there are two possibilities for how the 12 zones on the M437 could be arranged: 2 columns of 6 zones (which makes no sense to me, and would offer no perceivable advantage over the V436) or 3 columns of 4 zones (which makes the most sense and is my hope). The former would suffer from the same compromise as the V436, stated above. The latter (and I think most probable) would provide 4 zones in a center column, as well as a column of 4 zones on the left and a column of 4 zones on the right. Though the display would lose one vertical zone in each column, this would bring the zone shapes closer to squares instead of long rectangles, and would presumably make for more precise local dimming. I am super excited about this, and can’t wait for the release so I can test it out. As for the brightness, the V436 and M437 claim the same 400 nits, which is plenty bright for me, considering I do most of my viewing in a mostly dark room. The quantum color is intriguing, but I don’t think it will be a determining factor for me. Sorry for any confusion I may have caused.
 

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Actually, after thinking about it a little more, 4 columns of 3 zones is another configuration option, and would make the zones perfect squares. However, this configuration doesn’t seem consistent with how the zones in the other sizes of M7s would be configured, in columns of 4. Also, 4 vertical zones would likely accommodate letterbox bars better. Who knows? I think I’ve officially overthunk it. 🤕
 

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Does anyone have recommended settings for the V436-G1? Since rtings reviewed the 435 i assume we can’t use theirs. Mine will be used for both 4K gaming as well as retro gaming. Thanks
 
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