Vizio will take a step towards ditching its reputation as strictly a value driven brand when it launches its upcoming CinemaWide 58-inch HDTV with Theater 3D technology next month. It's due in stores just in time for the NCAA's March Madness college basketball tournament and will set shoppers back a cool $3,500, about three times more expensive than some regular 55-inch HDTVs on the market.
Unlike those sets, however, the CinemaWide will be the first to market with a 21:9 aspect ratio. That will inevitably lead to black bars, though Vizio promises to fill the 2560x1080 resolution by stretching the picture and letting viewers load up Internet apps to do things like check Facebook and Twitter while simultaneously watching TV.
Other features include an edge lit LED, 120Hz refresh rate, 400 nits brightness, 5.5ms response time, 178-degree viewing angle, Picture-in-Picture (PIP), 802.11n dual-band Wi-Fi, and a pair of 15W built-in speakers. The set will also ship with four pairs of Theater 3D glasses.