Irvine, Calif. — Vizio is launching five new soundbars SKUs and two under-TV speakers as part of its first-half audio introductions, which will be followed by an integrated 5.1-channel soundbar in one of its Reference-series Ultra HD TVs.
The five bars and two under-TV Sound Stands are designed for use with 32-inch and larger TVs. Bars range from a suggested $79 for a 29-inch-wide model without subwoofer to $349 for the flagship 40-inch-wide 5.1-channel model with included surround speakers, which connect via cables to a powered wireless subwoofer to deliver discrete 5.1-channel sound.
The new line includes two soundbars — with 38- and 40-inch widths — packaged with included surround speakers attached via cables to a wireless subwoofer. The company is carrying over a 54-inch soundbar with the same capability. The company also offered a one 38-inch soundbar with the same capability in the 2014 line.
The first-half lineup consists of the 29-inch model without subwoofer, a $99 38-inch model without subwoofer, a $179 2.1-channel bar with subwoofer, and the 38- and 40-inch models with included separate surrounds and wireless subwoofer at $249 and $349, respectively.
The 2015 line of Sound Stands consists of a $149-suggested 2.0-channel model and a $249 2.1-channel model. Last year’s line offered one 2.1 Sound Stand with built-in subwoofer.
Like the 2014 line’s 54-inch flagship, 2015’s new 40-inch model features a 5.1-channel speaker system, one HDMI in and out, Bluetooth with AptX, Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround, and other DTS technologies, including DTS TruVolume to maintain a consistent volume when channels and sources are switched, commercials come on, and programs transition abruptly from soft to loud passages. The other models lack HDMI, as do the Sound Stands.
Select models come with remotes whose built-in LCD screen lets users view input source; turn on Bluetooth pairing; enable/disable audio technologies; manually adjust the levels of the left, right or rear drivers; and select other audio settings.
The flagship comes with metallic surface, outputs 102dB of sound with less than 1 percent THD, and cosmetically matches 47-inch and larger TVs.
Details of the other soundbars were unavailable.
The Ultra HD TV with integrated soundbar system is a 65-inch model in the Reference series. It will come with 10-inch wireless subwoofer connected via cables to a pair of surround speakers. The TV will also with Vudu video-streaming service to stream several 4K titles with Dolby Vision high-dynamic range (HDR) technology, which is incorporated in the Reference series. Pricing and ship dates weren’t disclosed.
The latest audio offerings have begun to roll out to retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, BJ’s Wholesale, Costco Wholesale, Sam’s Club, Target Vizio.com and Walmart.
Vizio also announced a new line of Ultra HD smart TVs on Monday.