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January 10, 2010

Vizio outs 5 new home theater sound bars for 2010

vizio-sound-bar.jpgAlong with Vizio's 37 LED HDTVs announced at CES 2010, the company has also made a big effort this year to service home theater enthusiasts looking for audio/video gear. Here's the rundown of its CES announcement.

VHT200 and VHT212 HD sound bars

The VHT212 sound bar is the premium of the two with a 32-inch design, 2.1-channel configuration, wireless subwoofer and iPod dock. It has four 3-inch high efficiency mid/bass drivers with two 0.75-inch neodymium tweeters. The wireless subwoofer has one 5.25-inch long-throw high-excursion driver in a solid wood cabinet with frequencies down to 35 Hz. Its 2.4 GHz wireless connection synchronizes with the sound bar from up to 60 feet. Its wireless iPod dock can be located anywhere in the home as it uses High Definition Wireless Audio (HDWA) to communicate over Wi-Fi with other A/V components. The VHT200 sound bar has support for Dolby Digital as well as SRS TruSurround HD and SRS TruVolume. Other A/V components can be connected through one S/PDIF digital audio input and two RCA stereo analog inputs. Both sound bars are shipping April 2010 with MSRPs of $249.99 and $149.99 for the VHT212 and VHT200, respectively.

VHT512 sound bar

The 5.1-channel system is completely wireless and has front left, center and front right channels with four 3-inch mid/bass speakers and two 0.75-inch neodymium speakers. The wireless subwoofer includes a 6.5-inch long-throw high-excursion driver that produces bass down to 35 Hz and can connect to the sound bar from 60 feet. The rear channel speakers connect to the subwoofer and have two 2-inch drivers and a 1.2-inch tweeter. The system also includes an iPod dock and onboard decoding for Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic II playback and SRS CircleCinema HD. Wired inputs include an S/PDIF digital audio Input and a pair of RCA stereo analog inputs. Shipping in May 2010, the VHT512 will cost $399.99.

VSB200 and VSB201WS sound bars

The 2-channel VSB200 and 2.1-channel VSB201WS are both 40-inch sound bars with Dolby Digital decoding and a new remote control. Both have four 3-inch mid/bass transducers, two 3/4-inch aluminum dome neodymium tweeters, and a 32-bit 150MHz DSP audio engine producing 90 dB SPL @ 1W/1m. The VSB201WS also includes a wireless subwoofer with a 6.5-inch driver producing frequencies between 35 and 80 Hz. It can be placed up to 60 feet away from the sound bar. Both sound bars will ship in January costing $349.99 and $199.99 for the VSB201WS and VSB200, respectively.

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Posted by Justin Davey at January 10, 2010 8:50 AM

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