Vizio M70-D3 vs M70-C3 Differences : Comparison Between Vizio’s 2016 and 2015 70-Inch M-Model

Vizio M70-D3 is the successor model of Vizio M70-C3. As the successor model, you can find that there are few improvements installed on the new model. What are their improvements? I’m sure that you are interested to know more about the improvements and other differences in general if you consider Vizio’s M-Model as your next 70-Inch Smart 4K UHD TV. This article will discuss about the comparison of Vizio M70-D3 that comes as the Vizio’s 2016 70-Inch M-model and Vizio M70-C3 that comes as Vizio’s 2015 70-Inch M-model.

Vizio M70-D3 : Affordable 70-Inch 4K UHD TV in 2016

Vizio M70-D3

Vizio M70-D3

You can find more limited options for 70-Inch screen size 4K UHD TV than what you can find for 75-Inch and 65-Inch screen size. One of the options that you can find is Vizio M70-D3 that comes as the largest screen size option for Vizio’s 2016 M-model. Vizio M70-D3 comes with Full-Array LED Backlight that combined with Active LED Zones. The number of Active LED Zones that attached with M70-D3 screen is 64. Besides superior light uniformity from Full-Array LED backlight, M70-D3 also can deliver vibrant contrast with 64 Active LED Zones that installed on its screen. As its refresh rate, you can find Clear Action 720. Clear Action 720 is able to deliver smooth fast motion images from your favorite action movies and sports, while if you use the TV as your gaming monitor, you can also enjoy smooth gaming images without any motion blur. As High Dynamic Range contents become widely popular, HDR technology become essential in 2016. Vizio M70-D3 is completed with Vizio HDR that support Dolby Vision. Vizio HDR bring enhanced brightness and details from your HDR contents, while you can also experience the details like what the director intended with Dolby Vision that used by major studios. Vizio M70-D3 also use the new Vizio Smart TV platform that called Vizio SmartCast. Vizio SmartCast is completed with tablet remote to control What you want to viewed at your TV screen.

Most of Vizio M70-D3 customers are satisfied with their purchased and They said that They recommend this product. They said that this TV can deliver beautiful 4K picture as well as excellent 4K upscaling. Some customers also reported that this TV is also great for gaming. The setup is easy for most customers, while the majority of the customers also love the new SmartCast platform with the tablet remote. Some of the customers are not satisfied with the speaker attached on this TV model and They use additional surround sound system for immersive sound quality in combined with large 70-Inch screen TV. If you think that you need to know more about this TV from the customers, you can find out Vizio M70-D3 customers’ feedback on this page…

Vizio M70-C3 : One of Most Popular Large Screen 4K UHD TV from 2015

Vizio M70-C3

Vizio M70-C3

Vizio M70-C3 is one of the popular choice for larger screen 4K UHD TV in 2015 TV lineup. We can find 3 variations for larger than 65-Inch screen size from 2015 M-model. They are 70-Inch, 75-Inch and 80-Inch. With its affordable price, Vizio M-model especially M70-C3 become popular choice for customers that looking for larger screen 4K UHD TV for their home. Vizio M70-C3 comes with Full-Array LED as its backlight that combined with 32 Active LED Zones. With that combination, Vizio M70-C3 can deliver superior brightness while It also can deliver vibrant contrast across the LED screen. The refresh rate that attached on Vizio M70-C3 screen is Clear Action 720 that based on 240Hz effective refresh rate. Clear Action is able to deliver smooth fast motion images when you use the TV to watch your favorite action movies or sports or use the TV to play your favorite games as your gaming monitor. The Smart TV platform of Vizio M70-C3 is Vizio Internet Apps Plus. While We can call VIA Plus as basic Smart TV platform, but It basically can deliver your favorite premium contents without any problem. Additionally streaming your favorite contents can be done easily with fast 802.11ac wireless that can deliver faster internet connection to your TV.

The customers frequently said that this TV is great TV at a great price. They said that this model can deliver good picture with some customers said that It’s “beyond expectation”, although there’s a complain that the picture fades when viewed on extreme angle (due to its VA panel). Few customers shared their best picture setting for the TV so the other customers can follow. Additionally the setup was a breeze for most customers. The Smart TV platform works well as reported by the customers although some of them also said that the Smart TV platform is pretty basic. The internal sound output of this TV is not good enough for most customers, but They said that adding soundbar or other surround sound system will solve that problem and give you the sound that you want. Do you want to know more about this TV model from the customers’ perspective? You can read more Vizio M70-C3 customers’ comments here…

Table of Similarities & Differences

We need to know the specs of Vizio M70-D3 and M70-C3 before We can talk more about comparison between those two TVs. It’s better to see their specs using similarities and differences format that can be depicted with the table below.

Vizio M70-D3
Vizio M70-C3
Screen Size 70-Inch 70-Inch
Resolution 4K UHD 4K UHD
Backlight Full-Array LED Full-Array LED
Active LED Zones YES YES
4K Upscale Spatial Scaling Engine Spatial Scaling Engine
UHD Picture Processor VM50 Engine VM50 Engine
Refresh Rate Clear Action 720 Clear Action 720
3D Feature NO NO
Built-in Wifi 802.11ac 802.11ac
Speaker System 2Ch 20W 2Ch 20W
Introduced 2016 2015
Number of Active LED Zones 64 32
Processor V8 Octa-Core V6 Six-Core
Smart TV Platform Vizio SmartCast Vizio Internet Apps Plus
Remote Control Tablet Remote Smart Remote
HDMI/USB 5/2 5/1
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Vizio M70-D3 and M70-C3 Comparison Review

You can find the similarities and differences of the new and older TV models from the table above. We can find that there are few differences between them. Let’s talk more about comparison between them.

Picture Technology

The picture technology of Vizio M70-D3 and M70-C3 are basically the same. They use Full-Array LED backlight with Active LED Zones to deliver vibrant contrast on the TV’s screen. They also come with 4K UHD resolution that use spatial scaling engine to deliver near 4K picture quality from non-4K contents. Both of them are also powered by VM50 processor as their UHD picture processor.

But there’s a different on the number of Active LED Zones that attached on Vizio M70-D3 screen with the one of Vizio M70-C3. Vizio M70-D3 comes with twice the number of Active LED Zones than Vizio M70-C3. With twice more Active LED Zones, you can hope for more vibrant contrast on Vizio M70-D3 than what you can get with Vizio M70-C3. There’s also improvement on Vizio M70-D3 with the Vizio HDR feature that support Dolby Vision. With Vizio HDR that support Dolby Vision, you can enjoy enhanced details and contrast from your High Dynamic Range (HDR) contents. Vizio HDR can’t be found in Vizio M70-C3.

Refresh Rate Technology

The refresh rate of Vizio M70-D3 and M70-C3 is identical. They come with the same 240Hz effective refresh rate as well as the same Clear Action 720 as its technology. Clear Action 720 is able to deliver smooth fast motion images from your favorite action movies and sports. It also can deliver blue-free action game scenes when It’s used as gaming monitor.

Smart TV Platform & Remote Control

Vizio reformed its Smart TV platform on the new M-model with Vizio SmartCast. It replaces the older Vizio Internet Apps Plus. Vizio M70-D3 as part of the new M-model use the new Vizio SmartCast that can bring more flexible entertainment with additional 6-inch android tablet remote control. The older Vizio M70-C3 only comes with basic Vizio Internet Apps Plus that controllable with the older Vizio Smart Remote control. To stream your favorite contents without any hassle, both of Vizio M70-D3 and M70-C3 come with the latest 802.11ac wireless that can deliver fast internet connection to your TV.

Speaker System

The speaker system of Vizio M70-D3 and M70-C3 are 2Ch 20W speaker system. We should say that It’s very basic speaker system for 70-Inch LED TV. So It’s recommended for you to attach additional soundbar, subwoofer or other surround sound system to enjoy immersive sound quality to match the 70-Inch large screen.


Vizio M70-D3 was introduced few months ago with around $200 higher in price than the older Vizio M70-C3. But you may find that the price is different is not fixed to around $200 since price of TVs are not changed frequently by the retailers. You may also find that It’s now quite difficult to find the older Vizio M70-C3 model since It’s already sold out in most large retailers.

Should You Choose the new M-model?

We can say that the new M70-D3 comes with improvements from the older Vizio M70-C3. The improvements can be found on the picture technology with the new Vizio HDR that support Dolby Vision and more Active LED Zones that you can find on Vizio M70-D3 as well as the new Smart TV platform that use the new Vizio SmartCast along with the new 6″ Tablet Remote. With better picture quality and the all new Smart TV combined with 6″ tablet remote than you should consider Vizio M70-D3 as your new TV as It’s only offered at around $200 in price. Where you should order Vizio M70-D3? We recommend you to order Vizio M70-D3 here…

In the other hand, Vizio M70-C3 is the older model that has proven its quality with excellent feedback from the customers. Although It’s quite hard to find this model on the market nowadays, you can consider this model if It’s offered at significant lower price than Vizio M70-D3. It becomes a good options if you have more limited budget but you want larger 70-Inch Smart 4K UHD TV. Where you can find Vizio M70-C3? You may want to check today’s price for Vizio M70-C3 here…

One Response to Vizio M70-D3 vs M70-C3 Differences : Comparison Between Vizio’s 2016 and 2015 70-Inch M-Model
  1. Glen says:

    The review was ok but you missed a huge selling point for me, energy star. The 2016 modle m70-d3 consumes nearly twice the watts. In addition to this what about the TV tuner?

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