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Vizio Rolls Out New, Cheaper Elevate Soundbar

Vizio has unveiled two new Dolby Atmos soundbars including an update to its original Toblerone.

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Vizio has unveiled two new M-Series soundbars for its 2023 TV and audio range, including the second Elevate model with motorized height drivers.

The M512E-K6 M-Series Elevate ($800) is a Dolby Atmos/DTS:X surround soundbar with front heights and a wireless subwoofer. It offers HDMI ARC and HDMI in, Bluetooth and dedicated voice assistant input. Conversely, the full-cream Elevate is $1,000, but includes features like multi-room music and four height speakers.

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The M512E-K6 features a wireless sub and pop-out drivers 

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Unlike the big brother Elevate, the height drivers on the M-Elevate don't spin to bolster stereo sound but activate when the soundbar detects a Dolby Atmos signal. The driver remains inside the cabinet while a small LED spindle pops out from either side.

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Meanwhile, the second model to be announced is the the M-Series All-In-One ($200) which is an update on the candy-like M21d-H8 to include Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support. The new All-in-One uses DTS Virtual:X to simulate the immersive formats via its HDMI-ARC input. It includes "high-fidelity tweeters and woofers" plus built-in dual subwoofers. 

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The new M-series All-In-One features DTS Virtual:X

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Both soundbars will be able to be controlled via an on-screen display on select Vizio TVs from this and next year, and this includes basic adjustments via the Audio menu. For more involved control, there is an LCD remote.

At a $100 saving on the Sonos Arc, the new M-Elevate's surround package may make it more appealing to potential users, though users may trade up to $1,000 to get Wi-Fi music streaming. So too the new All-In-One offers the potential ability to decode Atmos (even if it is simulated) without the $400 price tag of models such as the Sonos Beam Gen 2.

Both soundbars will go on sale in July.