Irvine, CA – October 5, 2016 – VIZIO, Inc. announced today its latest collection of VIZIO SmartCast sound bars are now shipping to Canada. The new offerings range in size from the 38″ 2.1 Sound Bar System to the flagship 45″ 5.1 Slim Sound Bar System. The collection fully integrates Google Cast, allowing users to stream millions of songs from Google Cast-enabled audio apps1 that music listeners already have on their mobile devices, directly to the sound bars over WiFi. Since the sound bar collection is part of the VIZIO SmartCast entertainment ecosystem, each sound bar can be controlled by the VIZIO SmartCast app which transforms iOS or Android mobile devices into powerful touchscreen remotes. The VIZIO SmartCast sound bars start at an MSRP of $289.99 (CAN) for the 38″ 2.1 Sound Bar System, with the flagship 45″ 5.1 Slim Sound Bar System offered at an MSRP of $689.99 (CAN). Models are rolling out to both Amazon.ca and Costco.ca.
The new VIZIO SmartCast app simplifies the entire whole-home audio experience, transforming iOS or Android mobile devices into smart remotes. The app seamlessly allows consumers to utilize the multi-room function to cast the same song, or a different song, to multiple Google Cast-enabled audio products connected to the home WiFi network. Simple controls like play, pause, skip and volume adjustment are also possible through the app, allowing consumers to control their sound bar from anywhere in the home. While conventional sound bars typically connect solely via Bluetooth, the new VIZIO sound bar collection allows consumers to stream their favorite music, podcasts and internet radio stations over WiFi as well as Bluetooth. With WiFi streaming, listeners are no longer interrupted by phone calls, texts and other disruptive notifications that commonly occur when streaming over Bluetooth. WiFi streaming also helps conserve battery usage on mobile devices, and frees up mobile devices for other tasks. Best of all, WiFi streaming allows for improved audio quality compared to Bluetooth. VIZIO’s audio products also ship with a standard LCD display remote, giving consumers an alternative way to control basic functions of their sound bar.
“We’re excited to bring the VIZIO SmartCast sound bar collection to the Canadian market,” said Matt McRae, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. “Not only does a sleek industrial design make the sound bars a stylish, must-have addition to any home, but the variety of product choices also provides consumers with flexibility when choosing a sound bar for their big screens. The VIZIO SmartCast app allows consumers to seamlessly cast and control their music right from their mobile device, making the sound bars a great addition to the whole-home audio experience.”
The SmartCast 45″ 5.1 Slim Sound Bar System is ideal for home theater enthusiasts seeking elegant style, the highest quality audio and a true 5.1 surround sound. Designed to complement 47″ class size displays and above, VIZIO’s flagship offering was engineered with custom drivers, a center channel for enhanced dialogue clarity and a sleek profile that doesn’t sacrifice audio quality. Measuring 2″ high and 2″ deep, the 45″ slim sound bar features rear satellite speakers and pumps up to 104dB Sound Pressure Level (SPL)2 and as low as 30 Hz of bass. The flagship model, along with the 40″ 5.1 slim sound bar configuration, features a sleek and compact subwoofer, perfect for easy, out-of-the-way storage beneath or next to a sofa. The subwoofer for the 45″ 5.1 sound bar measures 3.2″ high, with the subwoofer for the 40″ 5.1 Sound Bar System standing at just 3″ tall.
With Google Cast built-in to every VIZIO SmartCast sound bar, consumers can easily stream millions of songs from music apps they already know and love, and then just tap the Cast button to stream music directly over WiFi to any VIZIO SmartCast device on their home WiFi network3.
Bluetooth is also integrated into all VIZIO audio products as an alternative option to WiFi streaming.
For more information about the VIZIO SmartCast sound bar collection, visit VIZIO.ca.
VIZIO SmartCast™ 38″ 2.1 Sound Bar System (SB3821-D6) MSRP $289.99 (CAN)
VIZIO SmartCast™ 38″ 5.1 Sound Bar System (SB3851-D0) MSRP $409.99 (CAN)
VIZIO SmartCast™ 40″ 5.1 Slim Sound Bar System (SB4051-D5) MSRP $589.99 (CAN)
VIZIO SmartCast™ 45″ 5.1 Slim Sound Bar System (SB4551-D5) MSRP $689.99(CAN)