Vizio debuts three new Dolby Atmos soundbars starting at $499

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NEWS – On Tuesday Vizio announced pricing and availability on its 2018 Dolby Atmos soundbars.

The 36-inch 5.1.2 model is the first to hit the market with a price tag of $499.99. The sound system features a total of eight speakers. Five in the soundbar itself (3-front firing and 2-up-firing), two rear satellite speakers, and a wireless subwoofer.

The two larger 46-inch soundbars will be available later this year, presumably just in time for the holidays. They include the 3.1.2 model without rear speakers ($799.99), and the flagship 5.1.4 model ($999.99).

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The 5.1.4 system boasts four dedicated up-firing speakers. Two in the front and two more in the rear satellite speakers, for a grand total of 10 speakers.

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What is Dolby Atmos?

Simply put with Dolby Atmos, sound moves around you in three-dimensional space, so you feel like you’re inside the action. It uses an object-based system to make it sound like the action is not only happening in front and behind you but, above you as well.

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The Vizio Home Theater sound systems are Dolby Vision compatible and support 4K, HDR10, and other HDR standard content.

Along with Dolby Atmos, the soundbars will include Wi-Fi connectivity with Google Chromecast Built-in and Google Assistant integration with voice-control. All three soundbars will also feature two HDMI 2.0 ports (one-input/one-output).

I own a 46-inch Vizio 5.1 soundbar, and I love it, so I’m eager to see what they can do with the Dolby Atmos technology. Unfortunately, I’m going to have to wait until later this year to find out.

Vizio’s 36-inch 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos soundbar is available today. For a list of retailers and to learn more about these new soundbars go to Vizio’s website.

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