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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Samsung AU8000 is generally less expensive and performs slightly better in bright rooms, which could be ideal if you plan to watch TV in a well-lit environment. However, the Vizio M-Series offers superior overall picture quality, better performance in dark rooms, and has more HDMI ports for connecting additional devices. The Vizio also slightly outperforms the Samsung in color accuracy directly out of the box and has a better movie watching experience. If gaming is important, note that the Vizio has a slightly higher gaming score. For sports content, the Samsung has a slight edge. If sound quality is important, both TVs have a similar score, but neither offers exceptional built-in speakers. Both TVs have their own set of supported HDR formats, so you'll want to consider which formats are more important for your viewing preferences. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs and product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars and the variant with some specs cost some dollars.
Advantages of the Samsung AU8000 (LCD)
  • Good for upscaling
  • Good reflections
Advantages of the Vizio M-Series (LCD)
  • Good for dark room
  • Good for movies & TV
  • Good for news, talk, & other TV
  • Very good for cartoons & animation

Key differences

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Picture Quality

6.6
UN65AU8000
M65Q7-J01
7.6
6.71/10
CONTRAST
7.88/10
6.3/10
COLOR VOLUME SCORE
7.8/10
LED
PANEL TYPE
LED FALD
VA
PANEL SUB-TYPE
VA
The Vizio M-Series (LCD) has good picture quality, while the Samsung AU8000 (LCD) has only fair picture quality.

Movies & TV

5.9
UN65AU8000
M65Q7-J01
7.6
6.71/10
CONTRAST
7.88/10
6.9/10
BLACK UNIFORMITY
6.7/10
7.5/10
UPSCALING
6.6/10
Yes
HDR10 SUPPORT
Yes
Yes
HDR10+ SUPPORT
Yes
No
DOLBY VISION SUPPORT
Yes
The Vizio M-Series (LCD) is good for movies & TV, while the Samsung AU8000 (LCD) is poor.

Gaming

5.8
UN65AU8000
M65Q7-J01
6.4
5.9/10
RESPONSE TIME SCORE
6.7/10
10.0/10
INPUT LAG SCORE
8.7/10
6.0/10
MOTION PROCESSING
4.6/10
0.0/100
GAMING LOCAL DIMMING
60.0/100
5.8/10
GAME HDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
6.0/10
The Vizio M-Series (LCD) is only fair for gaming, while the Samsung AU8000 (LCD) is poor.

Cartoons & Animation

6.9
UN65AU8000
M65Q7-J01
8.3
6.1/10
COLOR GAMUT SCORE
8.1/10
6.3/10
COLOR VOLUME SCORE
7.8/10
7.1/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
7.5/10
7.2/10
COLORS OUT OF THE BOX SCORE
8.3/10
6.8/10
GRAY UNIFORMITY
6.8/10
The Vizio M-Series (LCD) is very good for cartoons & animation, while the Samsung AU8000 (LCD) is only fair.

News, Talk, & Other TV

6.7
UN65AU8000
M65Q7-J01
7.6
7.1/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
7.5/10
7.5/10
UPSCALING
6.6/10
The Vizio M-Series (LCD) is good for news, talk, & other TV, while the Samsung AU8000 (LCD) is only fair.
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Key similarities

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Sports

6.5
UN65AU8000
M65Q7-J01
6.2
6.0/10
MOTION PROCESSING
4.6/10
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
60Hz
10.0/10
INPUT LAG SCORE
8.7/10
7.5/10
UPSCALING
6.6/10
7.1/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
7.5/10
Yes
HLG SUPPORT
Yes
The Samsung AU8000 (LCD) and Vizio M-Series (LCD) are both only fair for sports.

Bright Room

6.3
UN65AU8000
M65Q7-J01
6.6
5.5/10
VIEWING ANGLE
5.0/10
7.1/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
7.5/10
5.7/10
HDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.8/10
7.8/10
REFLECTIONS SCORE
6.6/10
The Vizio M-Series (LCD) and Samsung AU8000 (LCD) are both only fair for bright room.

Cost

$748
UN65AU8000
M65Q7-J01
$750
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The Samsung AU8000 (LCD) has a price of $748 and the Vizio M-Series (LCD) costs $750.

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How the Samsung AU8000 (LCD) and the Vizio M-Series (LCD) compare to other TVs

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Spec Comparison

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Samsung AU8000 (LCD)Vizio M-Series (LCD)
Samsung AU8000 (LCD)Vizio M-Series (LCD)

GENERAL

Price
$748
$750
Brand
SamsungVizio
Release Date
March 4, 2021July 4, 2021
Full name
UN65AU8000M65Q7-J01
Screen Size
65"65"
Screen Resolution
4K4K

TV FEATURES

Operating System
TizenSmartCast
Sound Quality Score
6/108/10
NextGen Ready
NoNo
HDMI Ports
34
Coax Ports
11

DISPLAY QUALITY SCORES

Picture Quality Score
6.6/107.6/10
Bright Room Score
6.4/106.7/10
Gaming Score
5.8/106.5/10
Movies & TV Score
5.9/107.6/10
Sports Score
6.5/106.3/10

PHYSICAL

Dimensions w/o Stand (H x W x D)
32.7" x 57.1" x 1"32.9" x 57" x 3.4"
Dimensions with Stand (H x W)
34.4" x 57.1"34.1" x 57"
Weight without Stand
46.1 lbs51.1 lbs
VESA Mount
400 x 300400 x 200

DISPLAY

Color Depth
10 bit10 bit
Black Frame Insertion
YesYes
Auto Low Latency Mode
YesYes
Contrast
6.7/107.9/10
Local Dimming
2.5/105.7/10

SOUND

Speaker Setup
2.02.0
Speaker Power
20 W20 W
Dolby Atmos
Bypass onlyBypass only
DTS:X
NoUp to DTS Digital Surround, Bypass only

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USA Today

Michael Desjardin | April 2023
"To put it directly: you’d never see a mid-range 4K TV hitting this black levels half a decade ago. AU8000 plays the part of a higher-end TV thanks to its sleek design. If you’re upgrading to a smart TV for the first time, the software is a great way to dip your toes in the streaming water."

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About Samsung

Samsung, a South Korean electronics manufacturer, holds the title of being the largest global TV vendor in terms of units sold. They offer a diverse lineup of TV products that cater to various budget ranges. A notable achievement in recent years is the development of Quantum Dots, a technology that enhances color reproduction, resulting in richer and more vibrant hues. Samsung TVs are well-regarded for their high manufacturing quality and user-friendly software, making them an excellent choice for consumers seeking an intuitive viewing experience.

About Vizio

Vizio is an American company. While they initially gained recognition for offering budget-friendly TVs, they have successfully expanded their product lineup to include high-end options as well. They manufacture TVs primarily in Mexico, China, and Vietnam. Similar to many Korean TV brands, Vizio developed its own smart TV software called SmartCast. In the past, SmartCast was not the best smart TV software, but it has evolved so that it is now good for using your TV and connecting to streaming services.

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