Vizio on Tuesday announced pricing and availability on its 2018 sound bars, including the first 36-inch model, which is on sale now for $499.
The three bars will not be compatible with the rivalstandard, but will come with a wireless subwoofer, and two will also include rear speakers.
The 2018 models are as follows:
- Vizio SB36512-F6: 36-inch, 5.1.2 Atmos sound bar with surrounds, $499, available now
- Vizio SB46312-F6: 46-inch, 3.1.2 Atmos sound bar, $799, available later in 2018
- Vizio SB46514-F6: 46-inch, 5.1.4 Atmos sound bar with surrounds and 10-inch subwoofer, $999, available later in 2018
The three Atmos bars will include Wi-Fi connectivity and with that comes Google Chromecast. Chromecast lets you stream from apps such as Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio and Google Play Music. It also allows voice control via Google Assistant. The three speakers also feature one-in/one-out HDMI 2.0 ports.
The Dolby Atmos bars follow the release of the company's $10036-inch sound bar, which we found to be excellent value for money. Given the performance of the 36-incher, we have high hopes for the new models especially as the market has yet to see a budget Atmos sound bar.
Yamaha and Samsung both released their first Atmos sound bars in 2016, but despite having waited this long it doesn't appear Vizio has lost too much ground. Only now is there enough content to warrant buying an Atmos system, and those bars were north of $1,400 when they first appeared.
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