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Vizio Adds HDMI Switching To Soundbar

6/23/2011 12:10:36 PM Eastern
New York - Vizio plans third-quarter shipment of its first soundbar to incorporate HDMI switching.

The VHT215, which is also the company's slimmest soundbar to date with 1.8-inch depth, features dual 3D-compatible HDMI 1.4a inputs to switch between an HD-capable set-top box and a Blu-ray player. The single 1.4a output features audio return channel. The device, whose price wasn't revealed, also features analog audio input and digital S/PDIF input.

A wireless subwoofer is included.

The soundbar incorporates Dolby Digital 5.1 decoder and SRS Studio Sound HD post processing, a suite of technologies that delivers a virtual 5.1-channel sound field through a two-channel speaker system from stereo and multichannel sources.

StudioSound HD also includes SRS technologies that automatically detect and level out abrupt volume changes that occur when TV programs switch to commercials or when channels are changed. The suite also separates vocals from other content to dynamically adjust the dialog level to ensure intelligibility, and it enhances small-driver sound quality.

The soundbar can be hung on a wall or placed on a credenza.

Last year, the company launched its first soundbar with separate wireless surround speakers.
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