VIZIO Made Dolby Atmos Sound Affordable with Its New Soundbar System, and It’s Amazing

By Adam Clark Estes
November 15, 2018

Since its introduction in 2012, Dolby Atmos has been a dazzling new audio technology that you could basically only experience in fancy movie theaters. But recently, high-end soundbars have started supporting the standard, which was cool if you wanted to spend north of $1,000 on a system. Vizio did what Vizio often does and built an affordable one for $500.

The new Vizio 36-inch 5.1.2 Home Theater Sound System is currently the cheapest way to turn your living room into a Dolby Atmos fantasyland. I use that word specifically because this Vizio system uses upward-firing speakers to add height to the sound that comes out of your home entertainment system, and that significantly changes how realistic the experience feels. You can also get the Atmos height effect by installing speakers directly into your ceiling, which is obviously expensive and annoying. The Vizio setup amounts to plugging a soundbar into your TV and two satellite speakers into a wireless subwoofer. It takes about 10 minutes from box to movie-watching.

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