VIZIO announced its first 42-inch 5.1-channel soundbar, the S4251w. The bar tucks in front channels with 3-inch drivers, center with a 2.5-inch driver. The bar takes input for all channels, and streams audio over Bluetooth to the 6-inch sub-woofer, which wires out the two rear-channel satellites. The bar is capable of 102 dBA SNR, and under 1% THD. It takes analog input through stereo RCA, 3.5 mm jack, and digital input over coaxial (RCA) and optical (TOSLINK) SPDIF.
"The new 42" 5.1 Home Theater Sound Bar has been engineered to project 102dB of sound with very low distortion, further ensuring audio is heard as the artist intended," said John Schindler, VIZIO VP of Product Management. "As one of the only 5.1 sound bars on the market, our award-winning 42" model is a great value, featuring a wireless subwoofer that offers room-shaking bass performance going down to 40Hz, satellite speakers for rich, immersive audio and Bluetooth so you can stream music from your smartphone or tablet and enjoy it in 5.1 surround sound without even turning on the TV."
Slated for the 27th of this month, the S4251w is priced at $330.