Vizio P65-C1 vs M65-D0 Review : What are their differences?





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Vizio P65-C1 is the member of Vizio P series 2016, the flagship of Vizio’s 2016 4K TYV lineup while Vizio M65-D0 is part of Vizio M Series 2016, the second tier of Vizio’s 2016 4K TV lineup. The highlight, both of them already support two formats HDR at once, HDR 10 and Dolby Vision. As we know, HDR 10 is open HDR format by UHD alliance while Dolby Vision is a proprietary HDR format by Dolby Laboratories. Additionally, one of the main technologies behind them is about Full Array Backlighting with true local dimming technology called active LED Zones, but that distinguishes between them is about the number of dimming zones. The unique of Vizio M65-D0 and P65-C1 is about their Smart TV platform where with Vizio SmartCast as their smart TV platform, the TV only acts as a screen of Videos which you cast from the apps on your smart phone, tablet, or PC. And in this case, Vizio P65-C1 and M65-D0 is equipped with Smart Tablet in their buying package.

In the market, Vizio P65-C1 is sold in price range $2000 – $2500 while Vizio M65-D0 is sold about $900 cheaper and of course this is not a few values for their price range. But of course, like the price of other electronic devices, this price is not fixed and could still change at any time and usually will tend to go down as time goes by.

Vizio P65-C1 vs M65-D0 Key Specs

Specs and Features M65-D0 P65-C1
Resolution 4K (2160 x3840) 4K (2160 x3840)
Screen Size 65 Inch 65 Inch
Type of Panel VA Panel VA Panel
Backlighting Technology Full Array LED Full Array LED
Local Dimming 64 Active LED Zones 128 Active LED Zones
Picture Engine VM 50 UHD Engine VM 50 UHD Engine
Ultra Color Spectrum No Yes
HDR Support HDR 10 and Dolby Vision HDR 10 and Dolby Vision
Active Pixel Tuning Yes Yes
Pure Cinema Engine Yes Yes
Clear Action Rate 720 960
Native Refresh rate 120 Hz 120 Hz
UHD Up Scaling Spatial Scaling Engine Spatial Scaling Engine
3D Technology No No
Smart TV Platform Smart Cast Apps Smart Cast Apps
Processor V8 Octa Core V8 Octa Core
HDMI 5 5
USB 2 2
Channel of Speaker 2 2
Power Output 10 watts x 2 10 watts x 2

The Differences between Vizio P65-C1 and M65-D0

Active LED Zones

As we have mentioned above, the major difference between Vizio M65-D0 and P65-C1 is about the number of dimming zones of active LED zones or local dimming. As we see n comparison table above, both of them are powered by Full Array Local Dimming Technology where Vizio P65-C1 come with 128 zones of active LED zones while Vizio M65-D0 comes with 64 zones of active LED Zones. The impact certainly is on the depth of black level, peak brightness, and contrast reached. Because all of them are the important aspects of picture quality, this course also has a big impact on the picture quality that produced by them. Additionally, because both of them also support two types of HDR format, this certainly also has a big impact on HDR performance that offered by each. About picture quality in HDR or non HDR that resulted, we will discuss on picture quality section below.

Ultra Color Spectrum

The other major difference between them is about Ultra Color Spectrum technology where Vizio P65-C1 comes with Ultra Spectrum Technology while M65-D0 doesn’t equipped with this technology. Still about color performance, Vizio P65-C1 supports 10 bit depth of color while Vizio M65-D0 supports 8 bit depth of color only. As the result, the color produced by P65-C1 with Ultra Spectrum Color technology can covers about 90% of DCI P3 color space and delivers more than 1.07 billion shades of color while M60-D0 without this technology covers about 81% of DCI P3 color space and delivers about 16 millions shades of color. With wider range of color gamut, P65-C1 certainly delivers more vivid and natural color than M65-D0. Additionally, with 10 bit panel that delivers 1.07 billion shades of color, Vizio P65-C1 offers much smoother color gradient and transition than Vizio M65-D0 that only support 8 bit panel with 16 millions shades of color.

Motion Handling

Although this is not too major, the third difference in technology between them is about the level of their Clear Action Rate technology where Vizio P65-C1 is powered by Clear Action Rate 960 while Vizio M650-D0 is powered by Clear Action Rate 720. Both of these technologies are based on the same native refresh rate panel that is 120 Hz or effective 240 Hz refresh rate panel. When handling motion blur, both of them do the same good job in minimizing motion blur when they are playing fast moving images like sports, fast movies, or fast video games. Their pixel response time is impartial and very quick, that is about 10 ms that allows motion blur is less noticeable.  Additionally, the same good performance is also shown by them when playing 24p like Blu Ray movies, both of them both offer judder-free. The difference in performance is shown by them when playing 24p contents via 60i signals like Cable/Satellite TV or 24p contents via 60p signals from streaming media. In this case Vizio P65-C1 offers better performance with judder-free while Vizio M65-D0 cannot remove judder completely.

Picture quality

The impact resulting from the difference in technologies between them is about their picture quality that course also has an impact on HDR performance that offered by them. As mentioned, Vizio P65-C1 comes with 128 active LED Zones while Vizio M65-D0 comes with 64 Active LED Zones. The result, P65-C1 with 128 active LED zones can reach about 0.018 nits of black level with contrast ratio about 5700:1 while with 64 active LED Zones, M65-D0 can reach about 0.22 nits of black level with about 4800:1 of contrast ratio. The significant result is also reached on their peak brightness where P65-c1 can reach about 567 nits of peak brightness on 100% windows with 446 nits on 10 % window while peak brightness reached by M65-D0 is about 413 nits on 25% window with 317 nits on 10% window. This means in term of contrast, Vizio P65-C1 offers deeper black level and brighter peak brightness than M65-C1.

While as mentioned, both of them support HDR 10 and Dolby Visio format where each of these HDR formats has certain standardization that should be met by a HDR TV to be able to display them fully. HDR 10 requires 0.05 nits of black level and 1000 nits of peak brightness while Dolby Vision requires 0-10000 nits of contrast range. From this case we can conclude that peak brightness reached by them is not quite bright to display HDR 10 and Dolby Vision contents fully. But in other side, black level reached by them is pretty good, even lower than what required by HDR 10 videos.

Moving on color performance, as we have mentioned, with Ultra Spectrum Color technology, the color of the picture that produced by Vizio P65-C1 can cover about 90% of DCI P3 color space and also supports 10 bit depth of color while M65-D0 only supports 8 bit color and cover about 81% of CI P3 color space. You need to know, to display HDR 10 fully and get the Ultra HD Premium Certification, a HDR TV must cover more than 90% of DCI P3 color space and support 10 bit depth of color. And we can conclude color gamut delivered by P65-C1 series is quite enough to display HDR 10 videos fully while color coverage delivered by M65-D0 is not quite wide to display HDR 10 fully. But of course, to get Ultra HD Premium Certification by UHD Alliance, it is not just about color coverage, contrast range also meet the standardizations.

We can conclude that both of these Vizio 65 Inch 4K TVs are not compliant with Ultra HD premium Certification this means both of them only can display HDR 10 on their screen but without full quality, moreover for Dolby Vision that has higher standardization, their display specs are still far below which needed. But even so, Dolby Vision and HDR 10 videos that displayed on their screen still look great, at least still much better than normal or SDR contents.

Compare between them, picture quality in HDR or non HDR offered by Vizio P65-C1 is much better than Vizio M65-D0. Contrast looks stronger with deeper blacks and bright whites. As well as about the color that produced, P65-C1 also offers more vivid and natural color with smoother color gradient than M65-C1. And it is fitting if Vizio P65-C1 is sold about $900 more expensive than Vizio M65-D0.

The Similarities

In addition to what have described above, what offered by Vizio P65-C1 and M65-D0 is virtually identical. Let’s discuss one by one the similarities between them.

Viewing Angle

Both of them use VA panel as their types of panel. This means there will an issue when the consumers what TV from side viewing angle. And like most other TVs that use VA panel, the picture will look to deteriorate started at 20 degrees off center and front. And the wider viewing angle, the picture quality will look to be getting worse. So, to get the best viewing, you should locate your seat in such away center to the screen of your TV. And because most of TVs that used VA Panel even premium model also have the same issues, we can ignore this issue.

UHD Up-scaling

When they do a job to up-scale lower resolution to 4K resolution, they both do the same good job. But even so, when up-scaling from 480p or 720p, what performed by them is not as good as the competitor like Samsung or LG. You will see the lines on up-scaled DVDs images with native resolution 480p still look slight choppy in 4K quality. Additionally, when the sources is 720p like movies from Cable TV, the picture will looks a bit soft with slightly lost small details. However, when it does a job to up-scale 1080p sources like Blur Ray Movies, the picture looks very details and sharps and not much different to what offered by the competitors. Although it is not a major, but considering most of the contents that available in the market still come with lower resolution than 4K, this certainly is still very important.

Smart TV

As their smart TV platform, both of Vizio P65-C1 and M65-D0 feature Vizio SmartCast as their smart TV platform and powered V8 processor which combination of Quad Core GPU and Quad Core CPU. It actually is similar to Chrome Cast by Google. But unlike other Smart TV where the apps are installed on the TV, the apps are installed on the table or smart phone that supports Google Cast. With other words, the screen of P65-C1 or M65-D0 only serves to display videos which you cast from the apps on your smart phone or tablet. There are a lot of apps that already support casting service like YouTube, Netflix, Spotify, and many more. But unfortunately, at this moment Amazon Prime Videos doesn’t yet support casting services.

As the controller both Vizio M65-D0 and P65-C1 are equipped with a basic remote and 8 Inch smart Tablet in its buying package as the controller. A basic remote for controlling TV functions like change channel, inputs, Adjust volume level and many more while Smart tablet for casting contents from casting services. With Smart Tablet included, you don’t need to buy a tablet separately to get the benefit of Vizio Smart Cast.

Sound Quality

As their audio equipment, both Vizio M65-C1 and P65-C1 are equipped with 2 channels speaker system with 20 watts total audio power. There is no built-in woofer that improves bass or low frequency so heard more powerful. But even so, although they are equipped with the same audio system, P65-C1 offers better frequency response than M65-D0 although sound quality of P65-C1 its own is average. Overall, sound quality that offered by them is far from impressive. The addition of sound bar is highly recommended if you want to watch TV with better sound experience.


As their major connectivity, both of them are equipped with 5 HDMI Ports and 2 USB ports. HDMI ports that provided by both of them are a bit more than what provided by other TVs, even high-end TV. The other inputs/outputs provided are Analog Audio out (RCA), Component in (RCA), Digital Audio Out (optical), and Ethernet where the amount of each is 1. There is no Composite (AV) in or RF In provided. So, to watch TV from terrestrial TV broadcast, you must by a Tuner separately. In other hand, the input lag of both Vizio P65-C1 and M65-D0 is also very low at 1080p or 4K resolution. This means both of these TVs are great for both 1080p and 4K games.


Performance M65-D0 P65-C1
Design (3.8/5) (4/5)
Picture Quality (3.9/5) (4.1/5)
HDR (3.8/5) (4.1/5)
Motion Handling (4.4/5) (4.7/5)
Inputs (3.2/5) (3.8/5)
Sound Quality (2.1/5) (2.6/5)
Smart TV (3.8/5) (3.8/5)


One of the advantages of Vizio M65-D0 and P65-C1 is about HDR (High Dynamic Range where both of them support both types of HDR format, HDR 10 and Dolby Vision. But even so, although both of them already support HDR, but they are not compliant with Ultra HD Premium Certification, even for P65-C1 as the flagship of Vizio’s 2016 lineup. For P65-C1, peak brightness is not quite bright to display HDR 10 fully while other aspect of HDR like black level, color gamut and depth of color can be met by it. For M65-D0, there is only depth of black level that meet standardization of HDR 10 while on other aspects, what offered by it still far from what required.

Picture quality also becomes their main difference so they are sold with a significant difference in price. The key technologies that has a big impact on their difference in picture quality is about the number of dimming zones of their Active LED Zones and Ultra Spectrum Color technology behind Vizio P65-C1. As the impact, P65-C1 offers deeper blacks, brighter whites, more vivid color and smoother color gradient than M65-D0. The other difference between them is about their ability when handling 24p playback via 60i or 60p signals where Vizio P65-C1 does a better job than M65-D0. The excepting of picture quality and their ability in handling 24p videos, what offered by Vizio M65-D0 and P65-C1 is virtually identical, whether it is about UHD Up-scaling, Smart TV, Connectivity, or Sound quality. Supposing there is a difference, it certainly is not a major.


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