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Vizio unveils 2015 audio systems, with prices starting as low as $80

​Vizio has announced its 2015 line of audio devices, including sound bases and sound bars with an improved industrial design, and the least expensive one probably costs less than your headphones.

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Vizio's new audio lineup comprises seven models, which start at $80 for a 29-inch sound bar and culminate in the 40-inch SB4051 for a premium price of $350.

The sound bars have been redesigned and now feature metallic construction, including aluminum end pieces. The 40-inch model goes a step further with an all-metal chassis.

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In the midst of the line are three different versions of the 38-inch sound bar: "as is," with a separate wireless sub, or with a sub and rear speakers. The main unit offers offers two analog inputs, digital optical and coaxial, in addition to USB.

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The flagship of the line is he SB4051-C0, a 40-inch 5.1 surround sound bar. It features a three-channel sound bar, wireless subwoofer and rear satellite speakers that connect to the sub with physical wires.

The 40-inch model adds HDMI connectivity -- there's one in and one ARC-compatible output -- plus slightly better output levels, and adds aptX compatibility to its Bluetooth receiver.

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The sound bases have also been redesigned and now are only two inches tall -- and will fit underneath the new E and M series TVs. The SS2520-C6 2.1 Sound Stand adds a built-in subwoofer.

Higher-end models in the range include a remote with a built-in LCD screen. That makes it easier to adjust settings given that there's no display on the units apart from a volume indicator.

The full list is as follows:

  • SB2920 2.0 Sound Bar $80
  • SB3820-C6 38-inch 2.0 Sound Bar $100
  • SB3821-C6 38-inch 2.1 Sound Bar $180
  • SB3851-C0 38-inch 5.1 Sound Bar $250
  • SB4051-C0 40-inch 5.1 Sound Bar $350
  • SS2521-C6 2.0 Sound Stand $150
  • SS2520-C6 2.1 Sound Stand (with inbuilt subwoofer) $250