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Vizio unveils a new line of sound bars with Google Cast and multi-room audio support

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Vizio took the wraps off a new line of home-theater sound bars today, each of which features integrated Google Cast audio as well as multi-room audio support.

They ll be able to play, pause, adjust the volume, and control other settings.

All of the speakers will also support Bluetooth audio streaming, but the big advantage that Wi-Fi provides is that the music won t be interrupted by incoming phone calls, alerts, and other sounds from your smartphone as it will with Bluetooth.

The SmartCast 45-inch 5.1 Slim Sound Bar System is designed for 47-inch and larger screen sizes and comes with discrete speakers for the surround channels and a 3.0-inch tall subwoofer that can be tucked out of sight under a sofa.

Why this matters: Multi-room audio support is rapidly becoming an essential feature in larger home-audio systems.

If Vizio delivers its usual bang-for-the-buck performance with this line of sound bars, they should deliver very good value for mainstream consumers who aren t overly finicky about audio.

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