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Vizio M801d-A3R Specs

Size: 80-Inch

  • Display Technology: LED
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:09
  • Razor LED with Smart Dimming for a more vibrant picture with deeper contrast -all in an ultra-thin design
  • Brand Name: VIZIO
  • Theater 3D -Crystal-clear, flicker-free, brighter 3D than conventional 3DTVs.
  • Refresh Rate: 240 Hz
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Display Size: 80 inches
  • 240Hz effective refresh rate with Smooth Motion enhanced with backlight scanning -Enjoy stunningly sharp fast action scenes
  • VIZIO Internet Apps Plus -Instantly enjoy the latest hit movies, TV shows, music and even more apps made for the big screen
  • Speaker Count: 2
  • Model: M801d-A3R
  • Built-in Wi-Fi -easily connect to the Internet with ultra fast wireless
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Vizio M801d-A3R

Size: 80-Inch

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Vizio M801d-A3R HDTV Reviews

Vizio M801d-A3R HDTV ReviewsI've only had this TV for a week or so. I upgraded from a 4 yr old plasma Sharp Aquos and Vizio M801d-A3R was DEFINITELY worth Vizio M801d-A3R. I wont drag on about all the pros of this tv since others here have already done that for me. I just wanted to make a few comments though for people who are on the fence:

1- the remote works perfectly fine with zero issues so far
2- i dont see any missing pixels along the edges of the tv, etc
3- leave your TV off for an hour or so when you first get it and wait for it to automatically update the firmware. I received 2 different updates in 3 days. This did make a difference. It DOES look better than the "out of the box" picture.
4- i hear Vizio has some of the best customer service as well

Go for it- Dont worry about it not being a Samsung, etc. Its a great product. Ill update in a month or so if need be.

Vizio M801d-A3R Reviews

Vizio M801d-A3R ReviewsI was in the market for a solid PC monitor that would be primarily used for gaming, and decided to give this TV a shot since M801d-A3R had rave reviews here on Amazon.
I've never been a big fan of Vizio products - being fairly uninformed when M801d-A3R comes to TVs, I tend to stick with brands like Sony and LG, having always considered Vizio to be the cheaper, less appealing counterpart to their offerings.

I was wrong.

This TV is absolutely beautiful; the outer border is very slim, which puts the focus on the gorgeous display, and the overall design of both the set itself and the stand that comes bundled with it is very aesthetically pleasing.
In the few days I've spent with it, I've been genuinely excited to try every game and movie in my posession just to see it done justice, and the multimedia gamut I've thrown at it seems revitalized by the capabilities of the screen. PC gaming on this set in particular has been a treat.

The built-in "Smart TV" functionality wasn't a selling point for me, but I must admit that being able to start up Netflix with the TV remote while laying in bed is fairly neat. Naturally, this could be done from anywhere in the house thanks to the built-in Wi-Fi, and all of the software preinstalled on this TV is accessible, straightforward and easy to use - starting up with just the push of a button.

Finally, I'd like to stress what a good investment this has been for me: M801d-A3R one of those products that looks and feels lot more expensive than it really is, and the same could not be said for any of the other TVs I saw on display at Best Buy (where I made my purchase). Vizio, thank you for an excellent product! I would recommend this to anyone that harbours interests similar to mine, but I'm sure it would also be excellent for just plain old watching TV.

M801d-A3R Reviews

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First, I would like to say, We love this Television! We have had Vizio M801d-A3R a couple of days now, and I can find very little to complain about. The set came 3 days earlier than what was estimated and the delivery men set Vizio M801d-A3R up making sure the set was working properly before they left. The TV set up was easy without a hitch.

This purchase came with a price guarantee for 14 days. There was a price drop and Amazon came through on that too, reimbursing me the difference. What a company!

The picture quality is unbelievable. The blacks are really BLACK with even more than enough brightness, contrast and color saturation than necessary. Someone said, it was like the characters on the program were in the room. In 3D, I have to agree.
The screen is very glossy though. Many people complained about this on last year's model, but I love it. There is a discernible picture quality increase with a glossy screen, in my opinion. I even chose this kind of screen for my computer monitor and have never regretted it, but if you watch TV during the day and have light coming from in back of you, there will definitely be reflections. I think the discernible increase in picture quality outweighs the reflection problem.

There is some light bleed around the bottom edges of the screen on a total black picture. It is not noticeable on normal viewing, however.

The remote is nice but only works for the TV. It is sometimes a little slow and sporadic reacting but tolerable. If you have satellite, a DVD player or some other device you will have to be swapping remotes or opting for a universal remote. Too bad this is not something supplied considering the cost of the TV and how inexpensive the programmable remotes are these days.

The internet works great and was easy to set up. Netflix has some 3D content now and gives even more entertainment. The 3D is something you will just have to see to appreciate! It is the best we have seen yet. Even my 21 year old grandson, who hates 3D in the movie theater (said it makes him sick), marveled over the quality of the 3D picture. It is displayed in 720 though, not 1080 for reasons, I am not sure why. Maybe all of the sets do the same. I could not tell the difference from 1080 though. They are both stunningly clear.

This TV replaced our old plasma TV we have had for several years. On the old set, you could feel the heat anywhere around it. This one runs perfectly cool burning very little electricity as well as not heating up the room.

The viewing angle is reported as 179 degrees. It does fade from extreme angles however, much to my surprise, I still got great 3D even from 50 degrees to the right and left of the center, a total of 100 degrees. The direct center is the sweet spot with a slightly better picture though.

The sound quality is fine. No deep base but fine for voice, much clearer than my old TV. I am not real fond of the "surround sound" feature as it sounds kind of hollow.

The glasses are fine, all 8 of them. I think they are a little better quality than the movie theater variety and seem to be a little lighter in weight which is nice on the nose. By the way, the movie glasses work just fine with this television and are often given away at the theaters.

We could not be happier with this Television. It is great entertainment that, compared to most other sources of entertainment, it is a real bargain. I highly recommend this television.


Had this TV for over a month now and still as happy as when we first bought it. To get rid of most of the light bleeding, we solved this by turning down the back lighting. This actually improved the picture. It is now set to 53. The remote problem was solved by taping a 2" by 1" piece of aluminum foil to the back of the TV, angled to the front , to reflect the IR signal to the sensor, which is below the "on" light on the left side of the TV. The remote works fine now.

For the 65" model, we found these settings to be best for us. (I tried them all and this one is right on, in my opinion):

(Calibrated Dark) Back Light 53 Brightness 51 Contrast 77 Color 50 Tint 0 Sharpness 60 Color Temp Cool Smart dimming On The other color settings were left as is.

The only deficit is voice sync with Netflix. I think it is a problem with their services and is only noticeable on their 3D movies. We love this TV!

M801d-A3R HDTV

M801d-A3R HDTVPurchased the 55" version of this TV a few weeks ago for my son and received the 70" version a few days ago for my man-cave. Being a Samsung fan, I was very skeptical about jumping into the Vizio brand of TV's. I just couldn't justify the heavy price increase per inch between the Samsung over these new M-series TVs so I decided to take the plunge. I replaced an aging Samsung 50" plasma I purchased in 2005 with the 70" M-series and the difference is unbelievable. I am completely impressed with how far Vizio has come with its TV line.

I got very lucky on both sets as both panels (55" and 70") are good to go without serious blemishes or imperfections. The 70" as indicated by others here on Amazon and other forums, exhibits the least amount of panel flaws. I have very minimal (and I mean minimal) light bleed and only on very bright images. M801d-A3R is hardly noticeable on either TV and you have to force yourself to even look for M801d-A3R. Trust me, I'm pretty OCD about these kind of things and it doesn't bother me in the slightest. If I bothered to lower the backlight a little it would completely go away entirely, but I like a bright screen and since M801d-A3R almost invisible to detect anyway, I just left the backlight on high.

M801d-A3R not a major problem, but worth noting, as other reviewers have mentioned, you need to point the Vizio remote at the bottom left corner of your TV for it to pick up. The remote on the 70" is more responsive than the 55" but not by much. I did find a good work-around for this however. I have Verizon FIOS and simply programed the Verizon remote to handle most of the basic Vizio commands. For those with these new M-series TVs and FIOS, simply press the "ok" and 0 buttons at the same time on the Verizon remote and then enter code 424. Next press the channel changing button until the Vizio turns off, hit ok and you're now able to control power on/off, volume, and input selection via the Verizon remote (which is about 90% of what you will use your Vizio remote for anyway).

3D looks spectacular and the passive technology allows you to use any non-powered 3D glasses (hint: next time you go to the movie theater, keep the glasses and don't recycle them...they will work on your new Vizio).

The 70" updated yesterday to firmware version 1.08, which I believe is the latest version right now. As far as network connection goes, I have max bars indicated on my 70" and 55" and my FIOS router is on the other side of the house, so reception is good. I am easily able to stream content without any issues. Just make sure your internet speed is higher than 15/5. Mine is 50/25 which is recommended anyway if you plan on streaming movies and TV shows.

Rented Oblivion last night in HD and after calibrating the TV with my Disney WOW calibration Blu-ray. In a word....INCREDIBLE!! Colors were vibrant, shadow detail was the best I've seen in a flat panel TV and black levels surpassed my old Samsung plasma. If you are like I was and are sitting on the fence about buying this TV, rest assured, it does not disappoint! I am not an avid TV viewer, but I find myself really getting into it now with this larger 70" set. With my surround sound set up and this new TV, it actually felt like I was in a movie theater last night. Can't wait till football season and "The Walking Dead" season 4 starts on AMC!!!

Vizio M801d-A3R HDTV

Vizio M801d-A3R HDTVGreat picture; phenomenal TV. Really Vizio M801d-A3R will come down to the remote.

As many people have said, the remote has intermittent problems. Sometimes Vizio M801d-A3R would work, a few minutes later it would stop, and then start again. I had it too, it drove me nuts. I suspect there could be more than one reason, however, my reason was fixed very quickly from Vizio customer support. Vizio M801d-A3R below if it helps you.

Here's what they told me about fixing remote issues....
"I would recommend performing a power cycle on your remote. Please follow the steps in this order:

1. Manually turn on the TV. (the Square button on the back of the TV)
2. Bring the remote close to the TV and point it at the lower left-hand side when facing the TV.
3. With the remote in hand, simultaneously press the Forward >> button and the Enter button for roughly 10-12 seconds. You will know it is complete when the backlight of the remote turns off.
4. Release the two keys.
5. Press the Power on button key on the remote control to test if it is properly working.

If the only buttons not responding are at the channel up and down, please perform a channel scan to refresh your listings and restore remote functionality."

Vizio M801d-A3R 3D LED Reviews

Vizio M801d-A3R 3D LED ReviewsThis TV is spectacular in every way. I have a small bias towards Vizio, but I have had TV's from most other popular brands. This is my first smart tv and is far more than i was hoping for. The set up was a breeze and the color is beautiful. I have the 32" in my apartment and M801d-A3R has become the envy of everyone that sees M801d-A3R, I'm not just saying that. I will say that a keyboard in the remote would make it better, and there is only a single button on the TV itself which makes operation difficult if you are trying without the remote. I would recommend this product to anyone. I have had the tv for almost two weeks now with out a single hitch and would not change my decision at all, this is a great tv.

Vizio M801d-A3R HDTV Reviews

Vizio M801d-A3R HDTV ReviewsI don't write many reviews so this will be short and to the point with some helpful info.
I just received this TV using Costco (comes out to be same price after tax/shipping as Amazon, but you get 2nd year warranty free from Costco). The TV is packaged well and installation of the base was really simple.

From reading the reviews here, I narrowed Vizio M801d-A3R down to this TV compared to similarly priced Samsung or LG. I'd like to say that maybe I got lucky (knock on wood) but the edge-light bleed is not so bad. After reading some forums about edge-light problems some people have had, I was expecting a nightmare. I went from a 32" Philips LCD TV to this and I have to admit the Black level of the Vizio isn't as dark (probably a byproduct of the edge-lighting). However, don't be scared of Vizio because some people have had excessive edge-lighting issues. If your unit has a lot of this issue, then exchange Vizio M801d-A3R within the return period.

Second, we all know that every TV now require some color tweaks. So I looked around and found this, which has worked amazing for me!

Source: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1452199/official-vizio-m-series-razor-mxx1i-thread/540

The Settings:
Settings:Calibrated Dark
Color Temp:Normal (lowered both Red gain/Offset) white areas looked very pink otherwise.
Auto brightness:Off/High (works in reverse on this set) Example:Instead of the High setting being "Max" it actually dims it the least and "Low" practically turns the backlight off.
Black detail:Off ( very aggressive Dynamic Con) crushed blacks on every setting
Smart Dimming:On
Reduced Noise:Off
Reduce Block:Off
Film Mode:Auto

If there is any further updates, I'll do so here.

Vizio M801d-A3R Reviews

Vizio M801d-A3R ReviewsMy 40 inch TV arrived today after 2 long weeks of M801d-A3R being out of stock on Amazon. As I waited I began to read reviews that others had written and I had ventured over to the owners thread on the AVS Forums for this TV. As I was reading all the posts and reviews my number one concern was the degree of light bleed and if M801d-A3R was as bad as others had stated. For anyone on the fence about buying this TV due to the light bleed issue let me tell you now. I see no light bleed what so ever. If there is I can't make it out. Blu-rays look amazing. I hooked up my PS3 to see if there was any input lag or ghosting. None what so ever. ( I did change to game mode). The sound is clear and crisp, missing some bass but well above average for a flat screen tv.

Wrap up.

Picture - No light bleed, no input lag when gaming, no ghosting, colors are very bright and crisp looking. May need to calibrate a bit out of box but not much.

Sound- Good enough for flat screen tv. Missing some bass but that is to be expected.

Design- Wonderful, looks great.

Apps- Have only signed into Netflix but it works very well and is very quick to load. Yahoo weather, news, facebook all load fast and are easy to use.

Amazing tv for the price, and feature set. wonderful quality and design.

The only minor annoyance is that it takes forever to input information without a keyboard but i'll live with it.

M801d-A3R Reviews

M801d-A3R ReviewsI just upgraded from a 50" Samsung Plasma. I miss my plasma and Vizio M801d-A3R is my preferred choice, but I have a little one now and the idea of a 100lb TV with a glass front crashing down on her made the switch a necessity. I will say however, that the M Series made the switch a lot easier ;-)

The Physical TV:

I went with the 55 inch from Best Buy that was on sale for the same here. Amazon said 3-5 weeks on ship time and I would have had to take time off work to be home when Vizio M801d-A3R arrived. I did have to pay the sales tax though, but it worked out just fine for my situation. First, it fit in the exact same space as my 50" Plasma because of the razor edge design, so that was a nice bonus. Second, it really is easy on the eyes and very, very thin. I'm not the biggest fan of the silver, as all my devices are all black, but a week later and I don't even notice it and its black around the front edge, so it really isn't a big deal. The screen gloss is not as bad as my plasma, but perhaps more than what most LCD TV viewers are used to seeing. I guess the reason for this type of screen has to do with the Passive 3D, but I don't find it problematic. Again, I'm used to full glass with plasma and I only get a lot of sun in that part of the house early in the morning. So far, even with the sun coming in, it hasn't been an issue, although the cartoons my daughter watches in the morning are the very bright, newer looking shows like Littlest Pet Shop. Wow, I just mentioned Littlest Pet Shop in an electronics review. Its possible having a child has, in fact, destroyed my ability to relate to adults ;-)

Picture Quality:

The picture quality is amazing, and that is saying a lot coming from plasma. I'm still playing with a lot of the settings and fine tuning the colors, but so far I prefer the Calibrated settings with some tweaks. I don't like the soap opera effect, so during normal TV viewing, I turn the smooth motion off. However, I watch a lot of Cardinals baseball games and it looks great turned to high. I also prefer it with 3D as it eliminates a lot of cross talk and makes the image look more like a full 1080p image. More on 3D below. Update: I am no longer experimenting with smart dimming. Its an unusable setting IMHO. It creates too much blooming and flashlighting in the corners. I some may not notice it, but its way too noticible to me to be used. You can still get an outstanding picture with the feature off, so there is no reason to lower my 5 star score. Also, you might like it, so the take away is that you have a lot of options to adjust the Picture Quality just as you see fit. I will say, however, that I am not experiencing the screen bleeding at the edges that a lot of others are mentioning. This is an edge lit display, so some should be expected as Vizio M801d-A3R a drawback common with the technology, but for me, it isn't an issue and certainly not a distraction of any kind. However, about a 1/4 in around the edge by the bezel, the pixels are slightly darker. Its not always noticeable and its likely a result of the 3D coating on the screen. All and all, the black levels are very impressive for a non-plasma tv, regardless of your settings. I promise you won't be disappointed in the picture quality, regardless of you personal tastes.


I have to say that I'm a true fan of passive 3D and this TV's 3D capabilities are a reason to own this set (so I'm hoping 3D doesn't fizzle out and die - thanks ESPN 3D). I have viewed content in the form of Blu-ray, side-by-side/top-bottom on demand from cable and gaming with the PS3. I have not yet tried the Sensio 3D but I imagine Vizio M801d-A3R very good if their claims of maintaining higher resolution quality are true. I will likely download the 3DGO app and try it at some point. So to address a few common concerns, my TV arrived with firmware version 1.02 and I needed to upgrade to 1.04 before I could manually tell the TV to switch my Uverse signal to 3D. I followed the instructions for a service call addressed in another review and then waited. One person said you had to register your TV for the update, but for me, I just had to be patient. I am connected wirelessly and after about 3-4 days, it was updated. I didn't have to even tell it to install, I just went into my system settings to get my serial number so I could register the set, and it was displaying 1.04 firmware. I immediately tested it with an On Demand preview and it worked perfectly. I was able to select 3D and then the type (top/bottom, side by side, Sensio). As far as the Smooth Motion, I actually like it in the 3D mode. With Jurassic Park, there are definitely some jerky moments unlike the other Blu-rays that we watched (The Hobbit and Avatar), but I still preferred that to the lower definition you get without it. I would just say play around with it to see if you like it. There are two ways to turn off the Smooth Motion in 3D. Either turn it off before you enter into 3D mode, or select the computer setting and it will turn off. If it's off and you enter the menu and cycle through other picture setting, it will come on and you can't get it off, so that's when the computer setting is useful. I have only played one game, Crisis 2, in 3D, but I didn't experience any lag issues. I am curious to see how third person games will look. Unfortunately, I just traded in Assassin's Creed 3, which is 3D, so I don't yet have a game to test it.


The remote really is as bad as people say. You need a clean line of sight and you need to point it toward the bottom left. Then you just need to be patient. I'm glad an update is coming to switch it to wi-fi, but I have a harmony remote, so it's not too bad. I still have some issues, so it's likely the TV's IR that is bad more so than the remote, but who knows. I have looked at a few apps but I haven't given them much time. They seemed a little slow to me, but it's my first go with a Smart TV, so maybe they are par for the course.

Overall, I will say that I'm very impressed with the TV and it's an acceptable substitute for plasma given my situation. The price point and passive 3D are what really sold me. I have always been a Samsung TV owner, but I'm glad I made the switch. Vizio is proving that you can still get an impressive TV with the features you want at an affordable price. I would definitely recommend this TV.

Update: The firmware update changed some of the 3D menu flexibility. Looks like game mode is the only way to remove the smooth motion, however, in 3D, I really like the smooth motion, so its not a big deal to me. Also, once you launch 3D, it automatically switches to Vivid Mode, so you will have to change off if you want one of your preferred settings.

UPDATE: My settings

I am running the image through a Yamaha receiver, so it's possible the image is slightly different if a source is direct to the TV - perhaps not as its just passing through, but others have said the Yamaha improved color and PQ, so I thought I would mention it. Also, I have switched to Cnet's calibration settings that they did when they reviewed the tv. However, I have come to dislike the Smart Dimming feature so I have tweeked them to not use SD, which was a feature used in Cnet's calibrations.

Settings: Calibrated
Color Temp: Normal
Auto brightness: Off
Black detail: Off
Smooth Motion: On with most 3D and sports, Off with normal tv and movies
Smart Dimming: Off - Its very aggressive and when you go from a light scene to a dark one, the four courners take a few seconds to light up and its very distracting (flashlighting?) Also, when in letterbox, the four corners are rounded and its highly distracting. Because of this, I just cant use SD.
Reduced Noise: Off
Reduce Block: Off
Film Mode: Auto

I have found these settings to be the best balance between a super dialed in picture with amazing color and acceptable black levels. Using smart dimming does make the black levels better, but there are too may problems with it as of this update. Should firmware updates fix the flashlighting and uniformity issues, I might very well go back to using it. If you like SD or dont notice its problems, then look up the Cnet settings and enjoy the outstanding PQ :-)

M801d-A3R HDTV

Went to Best Buy the other day to check out this new Vizio tv on display. The salesmen wouldn't stop talking about how amazing the picture was on the new Sony 4K tv they had on display. The guy then proceeded to show me the images on the Sony provided USB drive and how much better this Sony could show the images than the Samsung across from M801d-A3R which he said was in his opinion one of the next best tv's out there. The images showed the tv's ability to display different colors as well as the ability to distinguish between different grays ranging from white to black. Also M801d-A3R's ability to display different Reds on an image similar to a vision test for color blindness.

On each of these images the samsung struggled and couldn't display differences for about 1/3 of the color and gray bars. The Sonly 4K could. Then on the color blindness image it couldn't display a discernible image at all. It wasn't even visible.

I said "ok, well I'm really interested in this new Vizio, can you show me how it performs on the same test?" "Sure, but it probably won't do to well" the salesman said. They hadn't had a chance to really mess with it yet.

He ran through all the same images and to his amazement, every single image looked almost identical to the Sony 4K's image. His reaction was total astonishment, it was hilarious!! He couldn't believe his eyes. I told him thanks, that test only proved you don't have to spend crazy money to get an amazing picture!!
These new Vizio's are an amazing bang for the buck. In my opinion, anyone that spends their hard earned money on anything else just for a better known name is crazy.

Hope this helps some of you that are still nervous about the Vizio name being an entry level type of tv as I was, they have really stepped up their game!!

I have purchased this TV myself and I love it. The only think I don't like is the remote SUCKS big time. It is the most aggrivating remote I have ever used!!! How can you make such an awesome TV and include such a trashy remote? Oh well. Just have to program my universal one to cover all M801d-A3R functions that I can.

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