VIZIO has certainly made a name for itself recently with its line of affordable soundbars, but its offerings have tended toward the smaller side — perfect, perhaps, for a 42-inch display, but less than ideal for 55-inch-and-up screen territory. That trend ends today, though, with the release of the company’s S5430W 54” 3.0 Home Theater Sound Bar, a product whose name pretty much perfectly captures what it is and what it does. At 54 inches wide, the new Home Theater Sound Bar is perfectly sized to match those larger, 55-inch displays, and as you may have guessed from the “3.0″ part, it’s designed as a comprehensive three-channel sound solution with no need for a subwoofer.
The 54” 3.0 Home Theater Sound Bar gets its extra oomph from a 4-inch Deep Bass Module that extends its low-frequency reach down to 60Hz — certainly not foundation-rattling subwoofer territory, but undoubtedly a lot more bass than you’ll get out of your piddly TV speakers. It also includes a dedicated 3-inch center channel driver to take over the dialogue duties from its two pairs of widely spaced 3-inch left- and right-channel drivers.
It’s also pretty packed with inputs, including Bluetooth (with aptX), stereo RCA, stereo 3.5mm, coaxial digital, optical digital, and HDMI. Its HDMI output also supports Audio Return Channel, and all of the cables you’d need to get your new sound system installed and running are included in the box. As for processing, it boasts Dolby Digital and DTS 3.0 Channel decoders, along with DTS TruVolume and DTS TruSurround.
From the press release:
“As more and more consumers upgrade their living rooms with larger big screens, the audio experience also needs to step up accordingly,” said Matt McRae, VIZIO Chief Technology Officer. “The 54” 3.0 configuration features everything consumers need to pair their high-performance big screen with an immersive, room-filling audio experience, all in a beautifully simple design that sets up quickly and easily.”
The S5430W 54” 3.0 Home Theater Sound Bar will be available soon on VIZIO’s website for $299.99.