VIZIO Introduces All-New 2017 Sound Bars to the Canadian Market, Featuring High-Caliber Home Theater Audio Performance
Latest Collection Upgrades TVs into a Home Theater Experience with Simple Setup and Includes Chromecast Built-in On Select Models for Simple Whole-Home Audio Streaming
Irvine, CA, June 13, 2017 (Newswire.com) - VIZIO, Inc., America’s #1 sound bar company1, announced today its all-new home theater sound bar collection, highlighted by the VIZIO SmartCast™ 36” 5.1 Sound Bar System. From a full 5.1 surround sound configuration designed to pump out crystal-clear dialogue and booming sound, to a simple two-channel setup, the new 2017 collection presents a sound bar solution for any consumer looking to bring superior audio to any room in the home. Featuring Chromecast built-in, VIZIO SmartCast sound bars offer easy streaming of songs over Wi-Fi from Chromecast-enabled audio apps for uninterrupted playback. Models in the VIZIO SmartCast collection can be controlled by VIZIO SmartCast Mobile™, an app that transforms any mobile device into a powerful touchscreen remote2. The latest sound bar offerings are now beginning to roll out to retailers such as Amazon.ca, Costco.ca and Walmart.ca starting at an MSRP of $109.99 for the 28” 2.0 Sound Bar and ranging to an MSRP of $349.99 for the VIZIO SmartCast 36” 5.1 Sound Bar System.
The VIZIO SmartCast 36” 5.1 Sound Bar System was designed for those seeking both refined style and the highest sound quality3. Listeners will appreciate the three-channel sound bar’s ability to simultaneously amplify 101 dB of room-filling sound while rendering clear-cut dialogue to enhance any show, movie or song4. The included wireless subwoofer adds powerful bass, and the two satellite speakers complete the sound bar’s enveloping home theater surround sound experience.
“VIZIO is committed to offering an assortment of audio configurations designed to elevate any entertainment experience, and our latest sound bar collection does just that,” said Matt McRae, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. “We’re raising the bar on audio performance by crafting our products with features such as Chromecast built-in and Wi-Fi connectivity to ensure ease-of-use for consumers to enjoy audio playback throughout the home.”
With Chromecast built-in, VIZIO SmartCast sound bar users can easily stream millions of songs from Chromecast-enabled apps they already know and love like Google Play Music, Plex, Spotify and more5. A tap of the Cast button streams music directly over Wi-Fi to any VIZIO SmartCast device on the home Wi-Fi network. With Wi-Fi streaming, users can control audio content over a greater range compared to Bluetooth®, enjoy higher quality audio playback and listen without the distracting interruptions of texts or phone calls from the mobile device used to initiate playback. For those who still prefer streaming over Bluetooth, that feature is also available on all VIZIO audio products.
For whole home audio playback control, VIZIO SmartCast Mobile allows users to control all VIZIO SmartCast sound bars in the 2017 collection from anywhere in the home. With VIZIO SmartCast Mobile, listeners can easily discover new content and simply tap to play, pause, change volume or access the settings for their VIZIO SmartCast device. VIZIO’s sound bars also ship with a remote that offers users quick access to control basic functions.
All VIZIO SmartCast sound bars are also now compatible with Google Assistant on devices such as Google Home, which will be launching in Canada later this summer. This gives users the ability to operate their sound bars with simple voice commands. For those looking to stream music throughout the home, simply pair multiple VIZIO SmartCast sound bars and speakers to play either the same song in unison or different songs in different rooms6.
In addition to the VIZIO SmartCast family of sound bars, VIZIO also announced sound bar options for customers looking for a simple upgrade to their TV audio for movies and music. The 28” 2.0 Sound Bar and the 36” 2.1 Sound Bar System also have Bluetooth capability so users can stream music straight from their mobile devices.
For more information about the all-new VIZIO sound bar collection or VIZIO SmartCast, visit VIZIO.ca.
2017 VIZIO 28” 2.0 Sound Bar (SB2820n) MSRP $109.99 (CAN)
2017 VIZIO 36” 3.0 Sound Bar (SB3630) MSRP $209.99 (CAN)
2017 VIZIO 36” 2.1 Sound Bar System (SB3621n) MSRP $199.99 (CAN)
2017 VIZIO 32” 5.1 Sound Bar System (SB3251n) MSRP $319.99 (CAN)
2017 VIZIO SmartCast™ 36” 5.1 Sound Bar System (SB3651) MSRP $349.99 (CAN)
1 The NPD Group / Retail Tracking Service, based on sound bar units sold in the U.S. from Jan. 5, 2014 – April 8, 2017
2 Download of VIZIO SmartCast Mobile required on a mobile device with iOS 9.0+ or Android 4.4+
3 Highest audio quality among 2017 VIZIO audio collection
4 Sound Pressure Level measured using pink noise at 1 meter, C-weighted. Total harmonic distortion calculated as electrical measurement of amplifier distortion.
5 Spotify Premium account required.The applications and content of the applications described herein may only be available in certain countries or languages, may require additional fees or subscription charges, and may be subject to future updates, modifications or discontinuation without notice. VIZIO has no control over third party applications or content and assumes no responsibility for the availability or interruption of such applications or content. Additional third party terms, conditions, and restrictions apply.
6Additional supported SmartCast™ or Chromecast-enabled audio products are required (not included) for Multi-Room feature. Streaming different songs to different speakers at the same time is not supported when using a single app running on a single mobile device. To simultaneously stream a different song to different speakers, you must stream from a different app or a separate mobile device.
VIZIO’s mission is to deliver the ultimate entertainment experience through our community of connected consumers, advertisers, and media content providers. Through our connected entertainment platform, VIZIO is transforming the way consumers discover and experience media content. Since our founding in California in 2002, VIZIO has built an industry-leading brand and sold over 75 million products, including televisions, sound bars and other devices. VIZIO is a leading HDTV brand in America1 and is the #1 sound bar brand in America2. VIZIO product leadership is highlighted by a number of industry reviews and awards, making the 2016 collection the most awarded in company history. The VIZIO SmartCast P-Series, M-Series and E-Series Home Theater Displays all received Reviewed.com Editor’s Choice awards3 and are all listed as CNET’s “Best TVs of 20164.” The VIZIO M-Series SmartCast Home Theater Display was awarded Editor’s Choice from CNET with an 8.8 rating5 and the VIZIO SmartCast 65” E-Series Home Theater Display (E65u-D3) was awarded Reviewed.com’s "Best TV of the Year” award for 20166. Also, the VIZIO D-Series earned a 2016 Editor’s Choice award from PC Magazine7. For more information, please call 888-VIZIOCE or visit www.VIZIO.com.
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1 The NPD Group, Inc. / Weekly Retail Tracking Service, based on TV units sold in the U.S. from Jan. 5, 2014 – April 8,2017
2 The NPD Group, Inc. / Weekly Retail Tracking Service, based on sound bar units sold in the U.S. from Jan. 5, 2014 – April 8, 2017
3 Visit reviewed.com for full reviews for the VIZIO SmartCast P-Series (published: 10/28/2016), VIZIO SmartCast M-Series (published: 10/5/2016) and VIZIO SmartCast E-Series (published: 9/13/2016)
4 Visit CNET.com for full article (published: 12/16/2016)
5 Visit CNET.com for the full review, published 9/16/2016
6 Visit reviewed.com for the full E65u-D3 review, published 11/14/16
7 Visit pcmag.com for the full VIZIO D-Series review, published 3/24/16
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