Reviewed on Jul 15, 2016

Vizio M Series 2016 TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
7.9
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
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8.2
Movies
7.1
TV Shows
7.4
Sports
8.8
Video Games
7.8
HDR Movies
8.1
HDR Gaming
7.9
PC Monitor
This TV was replaced by the Vizio M Series XLED 2017

Type : LED
Resolution : 4k
Refresh Rate : 120 Hz (except 55" and smaller)

The Vizio M Series 2016 LED TV provides great picture quality and overall performance, excelling in motion performance for watching sports or playing video games. Unfortunately it can't get very bright and doesn't have good 4k HDR support. Overall it is an improvement on the Vizio M Series 2015, and the performance is close to the higher end Vizio P Series 2016.

Test Results
Design 7.5
Picture Quality 7.6
Motion 8.8
Inputs 8.7
Sound Quality 4.1
Smart Features 7.0
Pros
  • Great picture quality, especially for watching movies in a dark room
  • Great motion handling and low input lag for sports and video games
Cons
  • Picture quality degrades from the side
  • Can't get very bright
  • Lacks TV tuner
  • Sub-par upscaling of lower resolutions

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7.5

Design

Curved : No

The design is quite similar to the Vizio M Series 2015. The front is plastic and appears more solid and higher end than that found on the Vizio E Series 2016, but doesn't look as good as the Vizio P Series 2016's metal finish. The most significant change from the 2015 model is the legs, which have a stylish new look.    

Stand

Like other Vizio TVs, the stand is very wide so that we had to extend our test table to fit the 70". The TV is not as stable as some of the other models with sturdier stands.

Footprint of the 70" TV stand: 55" x 11"

Back
Wall Mount : VESA 400x400

The back of the TV is similar to the P Series 2016. All inputs and outputs are directed to the side of the back, providing easy access if wall mounted.

Borders
Borders : 0.63" (1.6 cm)

The borders feature metal sides with a nice textured finish and a plastic front.

Thickness
Max Thickness : 2.56" (6.5 cm)

Like other Vizio TVs, it is quite thick when viewed from the side. If wall mounted it will stick out quite obviously.

Temperature
Maximum Temperature
:
38 °C
Average Temperature
:
33 °C

The full-array local dimming heats up the TV evenly. You do however see some hot spots where internal electronics are located.

7.6

Picture Quality

The M Series 2016 provides great picture quality, especially in a dark room, since it has a very good contrast ratio and a pretty good black uniformity. It also features Dolby Vision HDR with a fairly good local dimming option which results in an even greater movie watching experience. Like the rest of Vizio line of TVs, low-resolution content like DVD and standard television channels look a bit soft and 3D is not offered. It only has average brightness, and the picture quality diminishes when viewed from the side. It deals well with reflections.

8.7 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
4781 : 1

The native contrast ratio is pretty good. It is not as good as this year's P series, but it is not far behind. This should provide dark scenes with rich details.

8.0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
Yes
Backlight
:
Full-Array

Like this year P Series 2016, the local dimming called 'Active LED Zones' works very well. In combination with the full-array backlight, it can provide very deep blacks when watching a movie and especially when watching HDR content. There is also no major blooming around the highlight in our video test when viewed straight in front. Unfortunately, like this years P Series, the local dimming did dim a bit of the white dot. Because there are fewer (and bigger) dimming zones than the P Series, it is more noticeable when they turn on and off.

7.1 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
:
324 cd/m2
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
109 cd/m2
SDR Peak 10% Window
:
205 cd/m2
SDR Peak 25% Window
:
254 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
298 cd/m2
SDR Peak 100% Window
:
321 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 2% Window
:
109 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 10% Window
:
205 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 25% Window
:
254 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 50% Window
:
298 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 100% Window
:
321 cd/m2

The SDR peak brightness of the Vizio M Series 2016 is bad. The maximum the TV can reach is around 320 on a 100% windows. The local dimming dim too much the small highlights, making the 2% windows only 1/3 of the brightness it can get. Since this TV can't get very bright, it will not be the best option for people that have a bright room.

7.2 HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
:
310 cd/m2
HDR Peak 2% Window
:
195 cd/m2
HDR Peak 10% Window
:
317 cd/m2
HDR Peak 25% Window
:
413 cd/m2
HDR Peak 50% Window
:
345 cd/m2
HDR Peak 100% Window
:
241 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 2% Window
:
195 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 10% Window
:
317 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 25% Window
:
413 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 50% Window
:
345 cd/m2
HDR Sustained 100% Window
:
241 cd/m2

The Vizio M is not a very bright TV. The 2% window is only at 183 cd/m², which is less bright than the 2015 M series. The 100% peak windows is also not very bright at 232 cd/m² making the 2016 M series well under the 535 cd/m² of the P series 2016. We tested the peak brightness with a HDR10 signal.

Update 08/09/2016: Retested with newest firmware update, sending a HDR10 signal over HDMI. No improvement to peak brightness.

Update 10/14/2016: Retested with the newest 2.2.7.4 firmware update.

6.9 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
3.093 %
50% DSE
:
0.211 %
5% Std. Dev.
:
1.615 %
5% DSE
:
0.124 %

The gray uniformity of the Vizio M Series 2016 is average and when viewed from an angle, it looks worse. The LED of the full array backlight are visible and the corner are also more dark. Dirty screen effect will certainly displease sport fans, since it is in sport like football or hockey that you have more panning shots over uniform background.

4.3 Viewing Angle
LCD Type
:
VA (except 60")
Color Shift
:
21 °
Brightness
:
29 °
Black Level
:
26 °

The viewing angle is good for a TV using a VA panel. In fact, when view side by side, the M Series 2016 actually give a better viewing experience than the more expensive P Series 2016.

8.8 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
1.048 %

The black uniformity is good, but there is definitely some clouding issues on our unit, and it is more visible at an angle. With local dimming enabled this is not an issue.

8.5 Gradient
Color Depth
:
8 Bit

When sending a 10 bit signal, 8 bit gradations can be seen even though the panel is 10 bit. Despite this, the gradient performs pretty well, without any major color or banding issues.

8.2 Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
:
3.26
Color dE
:
3.3492
Gamma
:
2.18

Out of the box, the pre-calibration of this TV was pretty great. There were some issues with the reds being too high and the blues being too low in the white balance. As for the colors, it too had it's share of issues, with some colors being too saturated.

9.5 Post Calibration
White Balance dE
:
0.38
Color dE
:
1.5297
Gamma
:
2.21

Most of the issues that were present in the pre-calibration were fixed using a handheld device. By downloading the 'Vizio SmartCast' application that is available for both Android and Apple we were able to adjust the 2 point and 11 point.

7.0 480p Input

DVDs or standard TV channels upscaling is not as good as other TV. You can see on the picture that the sail boat ropes looks choppy.

7.0 720p Input

Small details are a bit lost and the general rendering is a bit soft.

9.0 1080p Input

Blu-rays upscaling looks very good and details are very sharps.

10 4k Input

4k content looks very good without any image problems.

6.7 Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
No
DCI P3 xy
:
74.50 %
DCI P3 uv
:
81.03 %
Rec 2020 xy
:
53.45 %
Rec 2020 uv
:
59.07 %

We measured the color gamut coverage in the Dolby Vision mode (via the metadata tunneling of Spectracal's Calman software). It doesn't have a wide color gamut for HDR, but it is enough for Rec 709 content.
Update 08/09/2016: Retested with newest firmware update, sending a HDR10 signal over HDMI. No improvement to color gamut.

6.0 Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage
:
68.697 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage
:
36.663 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage
:
48.788 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage
:
23.200 %

10 Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
:
0.000 %
IR after 2 min recovery
:
0.000 %
IR after 4 min recovery
:
0.000 %
IR after 6 min recovery
:
0.000 %
IR after 8 min recovery
:
0.000 %
IR after 10 min recovery
:
0.000 %

8.0 Reflections
Reflection
:
2.0 %
Screen Finish
:
Semi-gloss

Reflections on the Vizio M Series 2016 appear large and diffused. This helps to combat bright glare. It is similar to the Vizio M Series 2015.

0 3D
3D
:
No
3D Type
:
No
2D to 3D
:
No

There is no 3D functionality on the Vizio M Series 2016.

Pixels
8.8

Motion

The Vizio M Series 2016 is very good at handling motion. Fast moving objects such as a a puck in a hockey game will look quite clear. Movies played via blu-ray or casting apps play smoothly. Good support of motion interpolation up to the native refresh rate of 120Hz.

9.2 Motion Blur
Response Time
:
10.4 ms
Overshoot
:
0.0 ms

The response time of this TV is excellent. No trail can be seen following the Rtings logo. This means that fast moving objects on this TV will be quite clear. This TV uses PWM flickering to adjust the luminosity of the backlight.

6.8 Image Flicker
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
120 Hz
BFI
:
Yes
BFI Frequency
:
60 Hz
BFI In Game Mode
:
Yes

The Vizio M Series 2016 is able to reduce the backlight frequency to 60Hz, which helps to clear up motion.

7.1 24p Playback
Judder-free 24p
:
Yes
Judder-free 24p via 60p
:
No
Judder-free 24p via 60i
:
No

The Vizio M Series 2016 is judder free only for 24p sources like movies on Blu-ray, DVD and from streaming apps. On other movie sources which play at 60Hz such as from a cable/satellite box, judder does occur, but not consistently. We were able to eliminate this completely when setting 'Reduce Judder' function to 1, however this does add a little of the Soap Opera Effect.

10 Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
:
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
:
Yes

'Reduce Judder' is the setting that turns on motion interpolation for 30 fps (and lower) content. For 60 fps to be interpolated to 120, you will need to use the 'Reduce Motion Blur' slider (but there is currently a bug; in order for RMB to work, you also need to set 'Reduce Judder' to at least 1 as well).

Update 05/30/2017: The M50-D1 and M55-D0 cannot perform motion interpolation.

8.7

Inputs

The Vizio M Series 2016 supports a wide range of inputs, which should be enough for most people. The input lag is very low when game mode is activated on HDMI 5. With the latest firmware update, it can also display correctly the chroma subsampling at different resolution, which is good for people using their TV as a PC monitor or gamers who want to have a high level of detail while playing.

8.5 Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
:
17.1 ms
1080p With Interpolation
:
79.2 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
:
83.8 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
16.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz
:
16.7 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
43.8 ms
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
:
43.8 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
:
43.8 ms

Input lag is great. For best results, use HDMI5 with 'Game Low Latency' on for both 1080p and 4k resolutions. Note that HDR is only possible for HDMI 1, and so the input lag is higher. It is still playable for casual gamers. Shown below are the results for combinations of HDMI ports, HDR vs SDR, with different signal formats.

FormatHDRHDMIInput lag
1080p@60HzSDR517.1ms
1080p With InterpolationSDR579.2ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game ModeSDR583.8ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4SDR516.9ms
4k @ 60HzSDR516.7ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4SDR5n/a
4k @ 60Hz + HDRHDR5n/a
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + HDRHDR5n/a
1080p@60HzSDR151.5ms
1080p With InterpolationSDR1122.7ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game ModeSDR1126.8ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4SDR151.5ms
4k @ 60HzSDR143.8ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4SDR143.8ms
4k @ 60Hz + HDRHDR143.8ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + HDRSDR143.8ms

Update 01/24/2017: Retested with the newest firmware (3.0.12.2) and now the Vizio M Series 2016 can now display the chroma subsampling correctly when set in 'Computer' picture mode. The input lag has also been reduced.

10 Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
:
Yes (except 50", 55")
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes
4k @ 60Hz
:
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
Yes

Update 01/24/2017: Retested with the newest firmware (3.0.12.2) and now the Vizio M Series 2016 can now display the chroma subsampling correctly when set in the 'Computer' picture mode. Note that it can also correctly display chroma subsampling at 1080p @ 120Hz.

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI : 5
USB : 2
Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 0
Analog Audio Out RCA : 1
Component In : 1
Composite In : 0
Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 0
Ethernet : 1
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 0
SD/SDHC : 0

Inputs Specifications
HDR10
:
Yes
Dolby Vision
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
:
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth : Yes
ARC : Yes (HDMI 1)
USB 3 : Yes (1)
HDCP 2.2 : Yes
CEC : Yes
MHL : No
Variable Analog Audio Out : Yes

HDR10 is supported only on HDMI1. Despite what is mentioned on Vizio website, HDCP 2.2 protected content can play on all HDMI ports.

4.1

Sound Quality

The sound of the Vizio M Series 2016 is terrible, with no bass and lots of distortion regardless of the volume. Even a cheap soundbar is an improvement over the built-in speakers. 

Note: Sound Quality test for TVs reviewed before 2017 was performed at 75dB, 85dB, and Max SPL. Starting 2017, the target SPL levels have been changed to 70dB, 80dB, and Max dB SPL.

4.5 Frequency Response
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
4.95 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
4.85 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
5.23 dB SPL
Max
:
91.2 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
:
302 Hz

Poor overall response. The frequency response is poor. The low-end cutoff, at 302Hz, is the worst we have measured so far. This TV doesn't produce any bass. On the other hand, we didn't notice many compression/pumping artifacts and the maximum loudness is good too. But it's not difficult to make a TV loud when it's not producing much bass.

3.3 Total Harmonic Distortion
Distortion @ 70
:
0.201
Distortion @ 80
:
0.496
Distortion @ Max
:
1.802

Poor distortion results. The overall amount of harmonic distortion is elevated, even at low volumes. As the volume increases, the harmonic distortion increases with it. At 85dB and especially Max dB, the rise in harmonic distortion is significant and could be audible.

7.0

Smart Features

Smart OS : SmartCast

The Vizio M Series 2016 shares the same smart operating system as the Vizio P Series 2016 and the Vizio E Series 4k 2016 from past reviews we have done. While some may enjoy the simplicity of the SmartCast smart interface, which is similar to a chrome cast experience, depending on the quality of your wireless network there may be disconnections with the tablet. While having a tablet that comes with a TV is great included gift, some people may find it less intuitive than a traditional smart remote. For basic functions, you can use the included traditional remote control but for adjusting picture settings or to control the smart features a tablet or smartphone is required. In terms of inputs, there are 5 HDMI ports which is great for anyone who wants to connect all their devices. You can learn more about Smartcast and its app here.

Keep in mind that it is lacking a TV tuner, which means you cannot connect an antenna or cable directly to the TV. You will need to buy a separate tuner like this one.

Apps

This TV uses SmartCast, and as such, there is no applications on the actual TV itself. However, using the tablet provided with this TV, or any other handheld device, you will have many applications to choose from that supports casting services. There are already many major applications that do so such as Youtube, Netflix, and Spotify. Amazon Prime isn't supported at the moment.

10 Ads
Ad-free
:
Yes
Opt-out
:
N/A

TV Controls

The TV controls are located behind the TV on the left side.

Remote
Remote : Tablet

The Vizio TV comes with both a 8-inch tablet and a basic remote. You will most likely be using the tablet more often than the remote itself though as that's how you can adjust all the settings of the TV. You can also download the 'Vizio SmartCast' application on any handheld device. It's available for Android and Apple.

In The Box

  • 8-Inch Tablet (XR6M)
  • Tablet Manual
  • Wireless charging Dock
  • Charging block
  • Charging cable
  • Remote
  • Batteries
  • HDMI cable
  • Quick start guide

Misc
Power Consumption : 154 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 248 W
Firmware : 1.1.14.4

Differences between Sizes and Variants

The Vizio M Series TV that we bought is the 70" with SKU M70-D3. Note that the M60-D1 has an IPS panel. This means we expect it to have a worse contrast ratio, and wider viewing angle. 

The 50" and 55" models  have 60Hz panels so some of the motion interpolation options are not available (i.e. 'Reduce Judder' and 'Reduce Motion Blur'). For those who like the soap opera effect, it is maybe better to get an 120Hz version of the M series 2016.

Update 05/30/2017: The M50-D1 and M55-D0 cannot perform motion interpolation at all.

Different sizes have different panel provenances, so it is possible our review doesn't represent exactly all sizes. If someone's Vizio M Series doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.

Size Model Effective Refresh Rate Real Refresh Rate HDMI # Speakers Panel Local Dimming Zones
50" M50-D1 120 Hz 60 Hz 4 10W x 2 VA 32
55" M55-D0 120 Hz 60 Hz 4 15W x 2 VA 64
60" M60-D1 240 Hz 120 Hz 5 10W x 2 IPS 64
65" M65-D0 240 Hz 120 Hz 5 15W x 2 VA 64
70" M70-D3 240 Hz 120 Hz 5 10W x 2 VA 64
80" M80-D3 240 Hz 120 Hz 5 10W x 2 VA 64

Compared to other TVs

Top left: Vizio M Series 2015 (M60-C3). Bottom left: Sony X850D (XBR55X850D). Middle: Vizio M Series 2016 (M70-D3). Top right: Vizio P Series 2016 (P65-C1). Bottom right: Samsung KU6300 (UN55KU6300).  Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The Vizio M Series 2016 provides great movie and TV watching performance, especially for the price.  

 

7.9 Mixed Usage

Good all-round TV. Excels in dark scene performance thanks to great picture quality. Great motion for sports and low input lag for video games.

8.2 Movies

Very good for watching movies in a dark room. Local dimming works well, and native contrast ratio is high. Blu-rays play smoothly.

7.1 TV Shows

Average performance for TV shows in a bright living room. Can't get very bright to combat glare but deals with reflections well. Picture quality is great from in front, but deteriorates when viewed from the side. Lacks TV tuner.

7.4 Sports

Good TV for watching sports. Fast movement is handled very well with a minimum of motion blur. Average field uniformity.

8.8 Video Games

Excels in video game performance. Low input lag on HDMI 5 with game mode which is good. Great handling of fast camera movement with minimum motion blur.

7.8 HDR Movies

Good for HDR. Supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 but average peak brightness. Slightly above average colors but not enough to take full advantage of HDR.

8.1 HDR Gaming

Good for HDR gaming. Support HDR10 and Dolby Vision but doesn't really benefit from HDR signal. Picture quality is great, but can't get bright highlights or display a wide range of colors. Input lag for HDR is good for casual gaming.

7.9 PC Monitor

Good when use as a PC monitor. Supports a wide range of resolutions. Very good motion handling and feels responsive. Chroma subsampling is displayed correctly at many resolutions.

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