Vizio’s most affordable 5.1.2-channel Dolby Atmos soundbar is now available for $500. More powerful Atmos soundbars will be available later this year.
Vizio Dolby Atmos
Just in time for Apple’s release of tvOS 12 that includes support for Dolby Atmos on iTunes, Netlfix, and Vudu, Vizio has released its first Atmos-compatible soundbar. The 5.1.2-channel system (SB36512-F6) consists of a soundbar, wireless subwoofer, and two rear speakers.
- “Vizio’s latest Dolby Atmos home theater sound bar integration continues to prove our dedication to delivering high-performing, intuitive products at the incredible value for which we're known," said Bill Baxter, Chief Technology Officer, Vizio. "This next iteration of audio solutions to hit retailers offers consumers an immersive cinema-quality home audio experience thanks to hardware advancements such as upward-firing speakers that allow sound to reflect off the ceiling and truly encapsulate listeners."
Vizio first announced its plans to add Dolby Atmos to its line-up of audio products in April 2018. The line-up also includes a 3.1.2-channel soundbar without rear speakers, and the flagship 5.1.4-channel soundbar with rear speakers and four up-firing speakers.
Dolby Atmos is an object-based audio format where sounds are stored as objects in a three dimensional space. Vizio is just the latest company to embrace the format. Companies such as LG, Samsung, Sennheiser, Sharp, Sony, and Yamaha have all announced or launched products based on the technology. Vizio’s soundbars do not support the competing DTS:X format but will play back less advanced DTS flavors.
The soundbars are compatible with the lossless Dolby TrueHD codec if connected directly to a UHD Blu-ray player or Apple TV. Via HDMI ARC, the soundbars will accept Atmos only in compressed Dolby Digital Plus. HDMI eARC (enhanced ARC) is not supported. 4K HDR pass-through is supported.
The soundbars are also compatible with Google Assistant and Chromecast.
Vizio’s 5.1.2 soundbar is available now for $500. The 3.1.2 and 5.1.4 soundbars will be available later this year for $800 and $1000, respectively.