Vizio Ups the Home Theater Ante with New Soundbars Debuting at CES 2013

By |

Vizio Ups the Home Theater Ante with New Soundbars Debuting at CES 2013


VIZIO-SOUNDBAR-CES-2013-small.jpgIt's no secret that CES is a time for new technologies and product unveils, though 24 hours before the doors open on the international trade show we've gotten the scoop on a couple of new soundbars coming in 2013 from Vizio. Many of you know -for better or worse -that soundbars are a rapidly growing segment of the specialty AV space with practically every manufacturer offering a soundbar solution or two. Along with being one of the industry's top manufacturers of HDTVs, Vizio is the industry leader when it comes to soundbars -based on sales that is. This fact has lead Vizio to focus more energy on audio quality in 2013, beginning with the first quarter release of their new line of soundbars. All of the new soundbars will be designed to match their current crop of HDTVs as well as their soon to be released M-Series designs. Sizes will range from 29-inches in length to 54-inches in order to better pair with HDTVs ranging in size from 32-inches on up to 60

Additional Resources
• Read more soundbar news from HomeTheaterReview.com.
• Explore reviews in our Soundbar Review section.

The soundbars will be available in a wide range of configurations starting with 2.0 and topping out at full 5.1 with the addition of both a wireless subwoofer and two rear or surround channel speakers (not wireless). The new soundbars will be accompanied by an all new remote; one that takes the small display generally found on the front fascia of the soundbar itself and puts it square in your hand. This makes across the room adjustments far simpler not to mention keeps the visual appearance of the bar itself more or less intact. All new soundbars will come with Bluetooth, Dolby Digital and DTS decoding as standard as well as all the requisite cables, mounting hardware and more necessary to enjoy its performance straight out of the box.

The first soundbar to be released in the new series is a 42-inch model; the S4251W-B4. This soundbar is said to be available sometime late in the first quarter and will retail for $329.00, though I've been told by Vizio execs that the street price will be lower. For your $329 you get all the before mentioned features plus the six and a half inch wireless subwoofer and rear channels. The soundbar itself is an L/C/R design meaning it does have a left, center and right driver array. The left and right channels are comprised of two, three inch bass/midrange driver coupled to a single, three-quarter inch tweeter. The "center channel" is comprised of two, two and a half inch full-range drivers. Vizio claims their new soundbar is capable of sound pressure levels up to 102dB with less than one percent total harmonic distortion. The rear channels that are included in the $329 asking price feature a single two and a half inch driver each.

Later in the year Vizio will release a new, 54-inch soundbar that will feature not only the same features described above but will also add HDMI connectivity as well. No official price or model number was given on the 54-inch soundbar though it will be on display at CES, so be on the lookout for Home Theater Review's coverage for more information.

Additional Resources
• Read more soundbar news from HomeTheaterReview.com.
• Explore reviews in our Soundbar Review section.

  • Comment on this article

Post a Comment
comments powered by Disqus

Latest Sound Bar News

Nov 21
Sound United Announces Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals With sales prices of up to $300 off of select products, Sound United is dropping some serious deals for this holiday buying frenzy week.
Sound United Announces Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals

Apr 18
HEOS Introduces the HomeCinema HS2 Soundbar System HEOS has introduced an updated version of its HomeCinema soundbar system. The HS2 features a two-channel soundbar--with two biamplified mid-woofers,...
HEOS Introduces the HomeCinema HS2 Soundbar System

Apr 03
Polk's Alexa-Enabled Command Bar Now Available for Pre-order Polk Audio has announced that the new Alexa-enabled Command Bar is now available for pre-order through Polk's website and Amazon.com....
Polk's Alexa-Enabled Command Bar Now Available for Pre-order

Apr 02
Leon Speakers Introduces the HIFIT Soundbar with Internal Storage Space Leon Speakers introduces the patent-pending Horizon Interactive FIT (HIFIT) soundbar, a two-channel soundbar that features an internal storage area where...
Leon Speakers Introduces the HIFIT Soundbar with Internal Storage Space

Mar 08
Samsung Unveils Its 2018 Home Entertainment Lineup At its First Look Event this week in New York, Samsung unveiled its 2018 home entertainment lineup, including a variety...
Samsung Unveils Its 2018 Home Entertainment Lineup