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Vizio unveils 2017 sound bars with Chromecast and Bluetooth

Vizio has announced its latest sound bars, which incorporate Bluetooth connectivity and start from $80.

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Update April 27 4:13 pm ET: Vizio has advised that the previously-announced $180 SB3630-E6 and $150 SB3621n-E8M will not be released

Vizio has unveiled its 2017 range of sound bars, with the top-of-the-line models featuring Google's Chromecast built in.

The company has four new sound bars for 2017, priced between $80 and $250 culminating in the flagship 36-inch 5.1 Wireless Sound Bar System.

The 36-inch-wide SB3651-E6 sound bar offers wireless rears and a subwoofer that incorporates Chromecast built-in.

Chromecast built-in allows users to stream directly over Wi-Fi from compatible apps such as Spotify, iHeartRadio, Google Play Music and Pandora, as well as Android phones and Chrome browsers. It is also compatible across brands such as Sony and Onkyo enabling a multiroom music system to be created using Google Home.

The Vizio SmartCast app controls the company's TVs and sound bars


Vizio debuted its Google-compatible SmartCast app last year, and it allows control of compatible sound bars in addition to Vizio TVs.

All of the sound bars include optical digital, USB and analog inputs and all except the entry-level include coaxial digital. The SB3251 and SB3651 also include HDMI inputs.

In the past, Vizio's sound bars have offered excellent performance for the money, and we look forward to testing the capabilities of the new line. Last year's 45-inch sound bars stay a part of the company's line.

The full range is as follows:

SmartCast (Wi-Fi with Chromecast built-in) and Bluetooth

  • Vizio SmartCast 36-inch 5.1 Wireless Sound Bar System SB3651-E6 $250

Bluetooth

  • Vizio 28-inch 2.0 Sound Bar SB2820n $80
  • Vizio 36-inch 2.1 Sound Bar System SB3621n $150
  • Vizio 32-inch 5.1 Sound Bar System SB3251n $230