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Get this refurbished Vizio Dolby Atmos soundbar for $239

Originally $500, the Vizio SB36512-F6 is "the Dolby Atmos soundbar to get," according to people who know.

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Anyone for Atmos? At $239, the highly coveted home-theater audio option has never been cheaper.

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There's upgrading your TV room and then there's upgrading your TV room. The former involves an inexpensive soundbar that takes the audio onus off your TV's terrible speakers. The latter: a 5.1-channel audio system with a subwoofer and Dolby Atmos support. (For those unfamiliar with it, here's why Dolby Atmos is cool.)

Wait a second, though: Doesn't that feature cost a small fortune? Wasn't the LG SK10Y soundbar with Dolby Atmos selling for around $800 last year? Yes, but that was last year; this year, Vizio ushered in the era of affordable Atmos soundbars -- and today's deal brings one of the lowest prices yet.

For a limited time, and while supplies last, Wellbots once again has the refurbished Vizio SB36512-F6 soundbar for $239 shipped with promo code CNETHOME. This model listed for $500 when it debuted earlier this year and sells new for at least $380. 

The SB36512-F6 is a CNET Editors' Choice-winning product. That's my way of telling you I don't know a ton about home audio, but all the important info can be found in that review.

The upshot: Even at $500, this was the Dolby Atmos bargain of the year. Maybe ever. At $239, it's really no more expensive than many standard 5.1-channel soundbar systems.

So, what's the refurb "hit"? Pretty typical: You get a 90-day warranty instead of one year. Assuming you can live with that, and you want to seriously raise your home-theater audio game on the cheap, this is your deal.

Read more: The best soundbars for 2019

Note: Originally published earlier this year. Updated to reflect new sale prices and/or availability.

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