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Vizio's 2017 audio range offers Chromecast compatibility

Vizio unveiled its 2017 range of audio gear this week which includes a portable wireless speaker in addition to new sound bars.

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Vizio's 2017 audio range

Vizio's 2017 range includes six new sound bars with prices starting at $80, in addition to the new SmartCast Crave Go portable speaker.

The Crave Go is $200 and offers Chromecast built-in streaming in the home and Bluetooth playback outside.

Like the Crave Go there are several new sound bars which also offer Chromecast compatibility including the $250 36-inch 5.1 Sound Bar System.

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Vizio SmartCast Crave Go

The $200 SmartCast Crave Go is a compact wireless speaker which offers a premium build and an integrated kickstand. It connects via Wi-Fi to enable users to Cast to it or stream via Bluetooth.

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Aluminum grill

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Kickstand

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Inputs

The kickstand on the Crave Go incorporates a USB port and a 3.5mm input.

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Bottom view

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Vizio SmartCast 36-inch SB3651-E6

The new range offers a cloth finish instead of the perforated metal of last year.

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45-inch versus 36-inch

Vizio is still offering its 45-inch sound bar from last year which has now come down to a street price of $300.

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Vizio SmartCast 36-inch SB3651-E6n

The Vizio SmartCast 36-inch SB3651-E6n incorporates a 5.1 speaker set with wireless sub and surrounds. It offers HDMI connectivity plus Bluetooth and Chromecast built-in. It's available for $250.

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Vizio SmartCast app

The Vizio SmartCast app has had a refresh since its release last year with a redesigned front page and better functionality.

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Google Home

The Vizio SmartCast range is designed to be compatible with and can be controlled with your voice.

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