The new audio collection uses upward-firing speaker tech.
VIZIO has detailed its new lineup of 2018 home theater audio systems with Dolby Atmos technology. The collection includes 46" 5.1.4, 46" 3.1.2 and 36" 5.1.2 models.
"VIZIO is continuously engineering ways to improve the home-entertainment experience for consumers, and this next iteration of audio solutions proves just that," said Bill Baxter, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. "By integrating Dolby Atmos into our all-new home theater sound bar systems, we're able to bring premium, multidimensional cinema-quality audio into the home. Our flagship 46" 5.1.4 system features four upward-firing speakers that allow sound to reflect off the ceiling, encapsulating listeners and wrapping the entire viewing area with sound."
All of the Dolby Atmos sound systems feature upward firing drivers to bounce sound off of a user's ceiling in order to simulate overhead audio effects. Each model incorporates a sound bar unit with left, right, and center channels along with a separate wireless subwoofer. The 46" 5.1.4 system and 36" 5.1.2 system also incorporate rear satellite speakers to complete a full immersive surround sound experience. In addition, the devices offer Google Chromecast built-in support, allowing users to stream music from any Chromecast-enabled audio app like Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio and Google Play Music. Likewise, the sound systems feature voice-control support for Google Assistant, along with Bluetooth connectivity.
"Dolby's mission is to enable experiences that transcend expectations, fully immersing viewers into the story exactly as the creatives intended," said Giles Baker, Senior Vice President, Consumer Entertainment Group, Dolby Laboratories. "Through VIZIO's integration of Dolby Atmos into its new home theater sound systems, we are enabling more ways for consumers to bring spectacular audio into their living rooms."
Pricing has not been announced for VIZIO's 2018 Dolby Atmos audio system lineup yet, but units are expected to start shipping this summer.