VIZIO has unveiled details on its full 2016 soundbar lineup, which includes nine models priced from $179.99 to $499.99. All models include both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, with integrated Google Cast technology to stream audio from popular apps that support casting. All nine models can also be controlled by the new VIZIO SmartCast app for iOS and Android. The top-of-the-line SB4551-D5 (shown here, $499.99) is a 5.1-channel solution with dedicated surrounds and a slim subwoofer. All of the new VIZIO soundbars are available now.
VIZIO, Inc. announces its all-new collection of VIZIO SmartCast sound bars, ranging from the 38" 2.1 Sound Bar System to the flagship 45" 5.1 Slim Sound Bar System. The collection features fully integrated Google Cast, allowing users to stream millions of songs from Google Cast-enabled audio apps directly to the sound bar over WiFi. Part of VIZIO's new smart entertainment ecosystem, each audio product can be controlled by the VIZIO SmartCast app, which transforms any mobile device into a powerful touchscreen remote. The new products are available now at VIZIO.com, starting at $219.99 for the 38" 2.1 Sound Bar System and $499.99 for the 45" 5.1 Slim Sound Bar System.
VIZIO's latest audio collection makes it easier than ever for consumers to enjoy their favorite music, podcasts and Internet radio shows and stream directly over WiFi to the sound bar. The new VIZIO SmartCast app, available for download for iOS and Android devices, turns any mobile screen into a powerful touchscreen remote, allowing consumers to control their sound bar from anywhere in the home. The app allows consumers to search, browse and discover content across multiple apps, as well as play, pause, change volume or access all the settings for their VIZIO SmartCast device. Multi-room streaming over WiFi allows users to even cast the same song to multiple VIZIO SmartCast sound bars and speaker at the same time, or send a different song to each speaker for a beautifully simple whole home audio experience. Streaming over WiFi also eliminates interruptions from phone calls, texts and other notifications that occur with Bluetooth streaming. VIZIO's audio products also ship with a standard LCD display remote, giving consumers an alternative way to control basic functions.
"The new VIZIO SmartCast sound bar lineup was designed not only to accompany big screens to create an immersive home theater experience, but also serve as a great home audio source," said Matt McRae, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. "The VIZIO SmartCast app allows consumers to seamlessly Cast and control their music right from their mobile device across a variety of configurations. Coupled with the collection's sleek industrial design, the VIZIO SmartCast audio solutions are a must-have addition to any home."
The SmartCast 45" 5.1 Slim Sound Bar System is ideal for home theater enthusiasts seeking elegant style, the highest quality audio and a true 5.1 surround sound. Designed to complement 47" class size displays and above, VIZIO's flagship offering was engineered with custom drivers, a center channel for enhanced dialogue clarity and a sleek profile that doesn't sacrifice audio quality. Measuring 2" high and 2" deep, the 45" slim sound bar features rear satellite speakers and pumps up to 104-dB Sound Pressure Level (SPL) and 30 Hz of bass. The flagship model, along with the 40" 3.1, 40" 5.1 and 45" 3.1 slim sound bar configurations, features a sleek and compact 3" tall subwoofer, perfect for easy, out-of-the-way storage beneath or next to a sofa.
With Google Cast built into every VIZIO SmartCast sound bar, consumers can easily stream millions of songs from music apps they already know and love, and then just tap the Cast button to stream music directly over WiFi to any VIZIO SmartCast device on their home WiFi network, from anywhere in the home. And with WiFi streaming, users can still multi-task on the their mobile device without interrupting their entertainment. Bluetooth is also integrated into all VIZIO audio products, offering streaming as an alternative option.
For more information about the VIZIO SmartCast sound bar collection, visit VIZIO.com.
VIZIO SmartCast 38" 3.0 Sound Bar (SB3830-D0) MSRP $179.99
VIZIO SmartCast 38" 2.1 Sound Bar System (SB3821-D6) MSRP $219.99
VIZIO SmartCast 38" 3.1 Sound Bar System (SB3831-D0) MSRP $269.99
VIZIO SmartCast 38" 5.1 Sound Bar System (SB3851-D0) MSRP $299.99
VIZIO SmartCast 40" 3.1 Slim Sound Bar System (SB4031-D5) MSRP $379.99
VIZIO SmartCast 40" 5.1 Slim Sound Bar System (SB4051-D5) MSRP $429.99
VIZIO SmartCast 45" 3.1 Sound Bar System (SB4531-D5) MSRP $449.99
VIZIO SmartCast 44" 5.1 Sound Bar System (SB4451-C0) MSRP $499.99
VIZIO SmartCast 45" 5.1 Slim Sound Bar System (SB4551-D5) MSRP $499.99
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