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Vizio gets in on budget Atmos action with £600 soundbar

Vizio gets in on budget Atmos action with £600 soundbar
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Vizio may have chosen to launch in the UK last month with a £149 soundbar, but already the US brand is showing just how serious it is about competing at the premium end of the soundbar market too.

Today, Vizio has launched a 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos soundbar for just £600, which is about as budget as it currently gets for Atmos TV speakers.

The Vizio 36in 5.1.2 Soundbar System with Dolby Atmos – its official name, we kid you not – does indeed warrant the inclusion of 'system' in its title.

(Image credit: Vizio)

The 36in-wide bar (which sports three drivers for left, right and centre channels in addition to two upward-firing speakers to deliver height channels) is accompanied by two rear satellite surround speakers and an external subwoofer. That's certainly a lot of speaker for your money, anyway...

Not content on promising a value Atmos experience, Vizio has also chosen to integrate Google Chromecast into its latest soundbar, allowing owners to stream music from any Chromecast-enabled audio app (such as Spotify, Tidal and Deezer) directly from their smartphone or tablet over wi-fi.

(Image credit: Vizio)

Vizio’s SmartCast Mobile app provides an alternative means of control to the provided LCD display-toting remote control, and the soundbar can also be voice controlled via Google Assistant when connected to a Google smart speaker.

Considering the only Atmos soundbars we can heartily recommend – the Sony HT-ST5000 and Samsung HW-N950 – are both over £1000, we have every finger and toe crossed that this Vizio can do itself (and the Dolby Atmos technology) proud.

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Becky is Hi-Fi and Audio editor of What Hi-Fi?, and has been part of the team for almost eight years, with her current position preceded by roles as a staff writer and news editor. During that time she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching horror movies and hunting for gluten-free cake.