Vizio will add support for Dolby Atmos to its new line-up of soundbars. The three new models will also include Chromecast, Google Assistant, and a wireless subwoofer.
Dolby Atmos soundbars
The three soundbars are designed to fit either large or medium sized TVs. The most expensive soundbar delivers sound in 5.1.4 channels, meaning 1 center, 2 front units, 2 rear units, 1 subwoofer, and 4 roof-firing units. The cheaper versions deliver 3.1.2 or 5.1.2.
- "By integrating Dolby Atmos into our all-new home theater sound bar systems, we're able to bring premium, multidimensional cinema-quality audio into the home. Our flagship 46" 5.1.4 system features four upward-firing speakers that allow sound to reflect off the ceiling, encapsulating listeners and wrapping the entire viewing area with sound," said Bill Baxter, CTO, Vizio
Dolby Atmos is one of several object-based audio formats. Rather than channels the format encodes sounds as objects that can be positioned three-dimensionally in your viewing environment. Atmos also adds height channels. Of course, you will need movies or TV shows with a Dolby Atmos soundtrack to enjoy the effects.
- "Through VIZIO's integration of Dolby Atmos into its new home theater sound systems, we are enabling more ways for consumers to bring spectacular audio into their living rooms," said Giles Baker, SVP of consumer products at Dolby Labs
The new soundbars also come with Google Chromecast built-in for music playback as well as support for Google Assistant that will allow you to integrate the soundbars as part of your connected home.
Vizio has yet to announce pricing details for its new soundbars but said that they will be available “in late summer”. Dolby’s new audio technology is increasingly being implemented in soundbars and Vizio’s new line-up will have to compete head-to-head with other Atmos-enabled soundbars from Samsung, Sony, LG, Philips, Yamaha, and others. You can learn more on vizio.com.
2018 Vizio Dolby Atmos soundbars – in the company’s own words
1. Dolby Atmos® with dedicated height channels. 2. Cinematic sound from every angle, even from above. 3. Award-winning audio performance from the #1 sound bar brand in America.1 4. Our deepest bass with wireless subwoofer. 5. Connect via Bluetooth and Chromecast built-in. 6. Voice control with the Google Assistant. 7. Easy to set up. 8. Designed to fit with any TV. 9. Multiple affordable configurations.