Vizio V505-G9 4K HDR TV Review | V-Series

Vizio V505-G9

60Hz Smart LED TV

Review Summary

Product Name: V505-G9

Product Description: 4K HDR w/ Dolby Vision and HDR10 high dynamic range formats | Full-array LED backlighting – no local dimming | SmartCast 3.0 smart TV platform | Voice control for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built-in

Brand: Vizio

  • Vizio V505-G9
3.5

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Model year: 2019

Screen size reviewed: 50”

Price: $359.99

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Bottom Line: The V505-G9 will make a good choice for anyone looking for a decent 4K HDR LED Smart TV, and not overly concerned about having the best in picture quality, yet still want a good TV viewing experience, and a nice feature suite, all without spending too much cash, then check out Vizo’s new V-Series.

Dimensions:

  • With stand: (W x H x D) 44.13″ x 28.00″ x 10.07″
  • Without stand: (W x H x D) 44.13″ x 25.59″ x 2.42″

Weight:

  • With stand: 21.83 lbs.
  • Without stand: 21.32 lbs.

Warranty: One year parts and labor – Free Lifetime Technical support

Pros

  • Great contrast ratio – provides deep black levels
  • Good color reproduction
  • Low input lag for gaming – approximately 24.0 ms
  • Chromecast built-in
  • Voice control support for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa

Cons

  • Limited peak brightness when viewing HDR content
  • Can’t add apps to the smart TV platform
  • Wide-angle viewing contrast and color saturation loss

Intro

Vizio’s entry-level 4K TVs have been rebranded as the V-Series and replaces the former E-Series. The new V-series is available in two variants: The Vxx5 and Vxx6. The V6 models offer full-array LED backlighting with local dimming, whereas the V5 models have full-array LED backlighting but without local dimming. Local dimming will increase the TV’s contrast and black levels abilities and deliver better TV viewing in a dark room.

Therefore, if you desire the added benefit of deeper blacks while watching TV in a dark environment, then step up to one of the Vxx6 models which should perform better in this area. With that said, the Vxx5 models are still capable of producing deep uniform black levels for a satisfying viewing experience.

As mentioned earlier, the V-Series replaces the E-Series, and although I wasn’t able to do a comparison of the two, I believe both series should have similar performance characteristics, with a slight edge going to the E-series, which was based on my notes and technical info I gathered. However, I truly can’t confirm which series has the overall better picture quality without doing a direct comparison.

One other important note about the “V” vs. “E” series’ is that I’m making my “better picture quality” assumptions based on the cheaper Vxx5 variant of the V-series. The Vxx6 is a closer technical match to the E-Series, as both of these displays have local dimming whereas the Vxx5 does not. With that said, the Vxx6 version may at least equal if not outperform the former E-Series, in my opinion.

For more info on Vizio’s complete 2019 TV lineup including the V-Series, click here

Design and Features

Vizio V505-G9

Side View

The Vxx5 models are available in several sizes and include 40”, 43”,50”, 55”, 60”,65”, 70” and 75” screen sizes. The 50” V505-G9 model was used for this review.

The V505-G9 has a decent build quality and appears to be solidly made. The screen has a semi-gloss finish and is surrounded by a reasonably thin plastic bezel which measures just under a ½” in width. When viewed from the side, the TV’s panel is thin on the top portion, but the bottom half deepens significantly due to the TV electronics being housed in this area. This brings the maximum thickness of the panel to approximately 2.42 inches.

The V505’s feet are made of plastic and are strong enough to support the weight of its 50” panel size. The feet also provide good support for the display panel.

Key Features:

  • Full array LED backlighting – no local dimming
  • Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG – High Dynamic Range (HDR) formats
  • Apple AirPlay2 and HomeKit
  • Google’s Chromecast built-in
  • Voice control for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built-in

Smart TV

The V505-G9 includes Vizio’s latest SmartCast 3.0 smart TV platform. The home page includes popular apps such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu to name a few. In addition, Vizio also offers a free streaming service called WatchFree and has more than 100 free live and original channels to choose from, including TV shows, movies, news, sports, lifestyle and trending digital series.

One downside to SmartCast 3.0: the number of apps is limited and there is no option to add more. But since the V505-G9 has Chromecast built-in, you can gain access to more apps and other entertainment via your smartphone or tablet and cast it to the TV.

SmartCast 3.0 is now compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa which will allow voice control of certain TV functions including its smart TV interface as well as power-on, volume control, change channels and more. Furthermore, Apple’s AirPaly2, HomeKit, and Siri control will be added this summer.

Note: The SmartCast 3.0 interface does not always operate smoothly and you may experience menu hang-ups.

Remote ControlVizio 2019 Remote

The remote control doesn’t have the typical look and feel of most basic style remotes supplied with TVs. I personally like the smooth and oval shape of this remote, as well as its appearance. The buttons have a nice and intuitive layout and are nicely spaced, for easier functionality. The remote doesn’t have voice control, but as mentioned earlier, you can add voice control via a Google Home or Amazon Echo device.

The top of the remote contains six quick access buttons to popular streaming service apps which allows you to bypass the smart home TV menu. The remote is not backlight; such is the case with most TV remote controls that are available these days.

One other notable feature of the V505-G9 is its ability to process Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG high dynamic range formats.

Connectivity

  • 3 HDMI 2.0 inputs (1&2 only) HDCP 2.2 compatible
  • 1 USB 2.0 input
  • 1 Digital optical output
  • 1 RCA analog audio output
  • 1 Composite input
  • 1 Tuner input (cable/antenna)
  • 1 Ethernet input
  • 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi

Rear Ports

Performance

The V505-G9 has good overall picture quality, especially for an entry-level model. It performed well with key picture metrics that led to a generally satisfying viewing experience.

Starting with contrast and black levels – the V505 has an excellent contrast ratio, which is actually better than many high-end LED models. This accounts for the TV’s very deep black levels, which is ideal for dark room viewing. And as I’ve mentioned before in other reviews, contrast is the most important aspect of achieving the best in picture quality.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this TV reaches that pinnacle in picture quality because it doesn’t. It just achieves very high marks for its contrast and black levels.

Black screen uniformity was very good on this TV with no evidence of any light bleed or flashlighting. I was impressed with this level of light control, especially for an entry-level model.

To achieve the best color accuracy from this TV, I recommend setting the picture mode to either Calibrated or Calibrated Dark depending on your room lighting. Also, set the color temperature to Normal. These settings will give the V505-G9 the most accurate color reproduction without having the TV calibrated.

With that said, I found the color palette of the V505 to be quite good. Colors were well saturated and vibrant without appearing to be overly processed or unnatural in character. However, I did notice a minor flaw with the V505’s color processing, which was a slightly yellowish tint that was visible in certain picture images.

Detail and image clarity was good on this display. For example, while viewing outdoor scenes, I was pleased with the level of clarity and small detail that was present in wide-angle shots of buildings in the distant background. These images were also sharp and defined with a sufficient amount of image depth and transparency.

Motion handling was adequate on this TV with only minimal amounts of motion blur with some fast-action sporting events. This would not be a deal-breaker for me considering the subtleness of this effect on the TV’s motion handling abilities. Vizio didn’t incorporate any advanced image processing features like motion interpolation or a black frame insertion which would have improved motion handing on this TV.

HDR performance won’t be at its best on this display (yet still adequate) due to its lack of high peak brightness output, which is needed to achieve an HDR picture this is able to show added picture illumination and small highlights in dark scenes as well as increased peak bright highlights in daytime or well-lit scenes. To gain more brightness levels, you can change the picture mode to Vivid, but the trade-off would be picture image inaccuracy. Also, the V505 doesn’t have a wide gamut which would have provided better color rendering with HDR content.

Note: You can move up to one of the Vxx6 models which will give you higher brightness levels than the Vxx5 models, for only a moderate increase in cost.

With non-HDR content, the V505 can achieve enough peak brightness for watching TV in an average-lit room without any negative effects on picture quality. Furthermore, the TV’s semi-gloss screen was capable of handling room reflections quite well with no degrading effects on picture quality.

Side angle viewing was subject to the usual contrast and color saturation loss when watching this TV at wide angles, which is common with most LED/LCD TVs.

The sound quality wasn’t that great on the V505 and was lacking in bass output which is common on most flat-panel TVs. It did do well with producing clear and intelligible dialogue. Nevertheless, using a good soundbar with this TV will deliver a much better audio presentation.

SmartCast 3.0/WatchFree app

Conclusion

Vizio’s V505-G9 is a good entry-level 4K LED TV. It offers commendable picture quality for such an inexpensive display. You also get a decent smart TV platform with the most popular apps preinstalled. And with Chromecast built-in, you can cast many more apps not available on Vizio’s smart TV operating system, directly to the TV from your phone or tablet.

The SmartCast OS is also compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa which allows voice control to operate the TV.

I give Vizio’s V-Series 4K TVs a solid recommendation, and shouldn’t be overlooked if you want a decent performing entry-level TV that won’t be a budget buster.

For a step up in performance, check out this review of Vizio’s M-Series Quantum 4K HDR TVs.

4 comments

  • Milton, What do you know about the availability (or rather the unavailability) of 70 inch screens? I know of a few Vizios, LG, Samsung in the lesser price range. Is there a shortage of that size panel? or only one manufacturer making them? I tried one of these (a Vizio M760-G3) for a secondary TV in the basement. But every time I ran upstairs and compared it with my more expensive Sony 75X900F, I was disappointed at the lack of brightness or HDR pop that the Sony seems to have over the Vizio.
    I have a space that cries for a well done 70 incher, and would gladly pay an extra $400-500 bucks if I felt I could find a good one.

    • Hi Mike,

      In my opinion and industry experience, I believe there is no shortage of 70″ panels. Rather, I believe it makes more sense from a marketing perspective for manufacturers to produce minimal amounts of 70″ panels since this size is in between the 65″ and 75″ screen sizes and the benefits of going from a 65″ to a 70″ or choosing a 70″ over a 65″ will not have much impact on your overall viewing experience versus going from a 65″ to 75″ screen size. And I’m sure TV manufacturers have done their research and understand these marketing dynamics as to why consumers would be less likely to go with a 70″ screen size.

      As far as Vizio’s 70″ M706-G3 (I assume that’s what you meant -not M760-G3 which is not a current M-Series model) I’m not surprised the picture quality was better on Sony’s 75X900F which is a much better TV.
      Vizio makes to variants of the M-Series – the M7 and M8. The M706-G3 is in the M7 class and has much less peak brightness output and much fewer local dimming zones than the better performing M8 class and gives the M8 class much better HDR performance. But unfortunately for you, Vizio doesn’t make a 70″ M8 model. Furthermore, if you were to compare the M8 to the Sony X900F, they would be much closer in overall picture quality in my opinion.

      So with that said, your choices of 70″ screen sizes are a bit limited as you have already discovered.

      Regards,
      Milton
      HDTVs and More

  • Thanks so much for the reply. And yes, I did mis-type the model number of the Vizio. Would either of the LG 70 inchers like the 7370 or 6970 models out perform the Vizio. I understand they have fewer features like FALD, etc. I note you reviewed the 65 inch version of the 7370, but I also get the impression that they use different panels on the various sizes (ie. VA vs IP)

    (sorry if you get this twice…I had an Internet blip when I tried first time)

    • Hi Mike,

      I did not review or check out the LG UM6970 so I really can’t comment on its performance. LG’s UM7300 and Vizio’s V-Series are both entry-level models. LG’s UM7300 uses IPS panels for all screen sizes and the V-Series use VA panels for all screen sizes.
      Since I did not do a direct comparison between the LG and Vizio models, I can’t say for sure which has the better picture quality. However, I can say for sure that the UM7300 has better peak brightness output as well as better side angle viewing. As for the V505-G9, it has much better contrast and black levels.

      Regards,
      Milton
      HDTVs and More

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