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January 5, 2010 at 5:42 PM

CES: Bargain TV maker Vizio unveils 3-D wireless sets, wow

Even budget TV maker Vizio is getting into the 3-D game with a batch of new sets featuring 3-D capabilities and wireless systems for connecting to the Internet.

The Irvine, Calif.-based company today announced its “XVT Pro” series of LED sets in four sizes — 47 inches, 55 inches and 72 inches, plus a 58-inch “cinema wide” model that displays content in a 21 by 9 format. They’ll go on sale in August.

The sets include most every cutting-edge feature appearing on new TVs at CES this year. In addition to displaying 3-D and 2-D content in 1080p resolution, the sets display Internet applications, have built-in 802.11n dual-band wireless radios, Ethernet jacks, Bluetooth universal remote controls with slideout keyboards and a “wireless HDMI” system that can connect the sets to video and audio systems without wires, using an optional accessory device.

They also have 480Hz refresh rates, 10 million to 1 contrast ratios and cases under three inches thick.

“We at Vizio are setting new standards for picture quality and user experience,” Vizio co-founder and sales Vice President Laynie Newsome said in a release. “Fifty percent of consumers want a 3-D home theater, according to Quixel Research, and our new XVT Pro Series brings the latest technology to consumers who want the absolute best in class.”

The 47-inch model will list for $1,999, the 55-incher is $2,499 and the 72-incher is $3,499.

Throw in a hot dog and a soda for another $1.50.

An image of one of the 3-D sets:

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The 2-D “cinema wide” set:

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Comments | More in | Topics: 3D, 3D TV, CES

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