Posted Tue Sep 18, 2018 at 05:00 AM PDT by Steven Cohen
Three Dolby Atmos sound bar models have been detailed.
VIZIO has announced pricing and availability for its 2018 Dolby Atmos Sound Bar lineup. The collection includes a 36" 5.1.2 System ($499.99), a 46" 5.1.4 System ($999.99), and a 46" 3.1.2 System ($799.99).
"VIZIO's latest Dolby Atmos home theater sound bar integration continues to prove our dedication to delivering high-performing, intuitive products at the incredible value for which we're known," said Bill Baxter, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. "This next iteration of audio solutions to hit retailers offers consumers an immersive cinema-quality home audio experience thanks to hardware advancements such as upward-firing speakers that allow sound to reflect off the ceiling and truly encapsulate listeners."
The 36" 5.1.2 System features a 36-inch sound bar unit with two upward firing drivers, two rear satellite speakers, and a wireless 6-inch subwoofer. Meanwhile, the 46" 5.1.4 System features a larger 46-inch sound bar unit with two upward firing drivers, two rear satellite speakers with their own upward firing drivers, and a larger 10-inch wireless subwoofer. Likewise, a 46" 3.1.2 System will also be available with that same configuration minus the satellite speakers.
All three models feature support for Dolby Atmos decoding in lossless TrueHD over HDMI from a connected Blu-ray player or in Dolby Digital Plus via a connected set-top box or smart TV. Likewise, the systems include DTS Virtual:X tech for simulated immersive audio if a user does not want to engage the upward firing drivers. With that said, the units do not support DTS:X decoding.
Connectivity options include an HDMI input with 4K HDR passthrough, an HDMI ARC port, optical, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. In addition, the sound bars feature Google Chromecast built-in, allowing users to stream music from Chromecast-enabled audio apps like Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, and Spotify. A dedicated remote is included as well, though customers can opt to use their mobile devices for control instead via the free VIZIO SmartCast app. Finally, the new sound bar lineup also supports voice-control through Google Assistant.
The 36" 5.1.2 System (full review coming soon) is now available for an MSRP of $499.99. Meanwhile, the 46" 5.1.4 System ($999.99) and 46" 3.1.2 System ($799.99) are set to start shipping later this year.
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