Running wire can be a real drag. Realizing this, Vizio has developed several new wireless products designed to simplify the installation of and audio/video system.
The company’s two new home theater soundbars, for example, connect wirelessly to their companion subwoofers and headphones. The VHT210 ($299) Soundbar is designed for flat-panel TVs 32 inches or smaller and comes with a wireless subwoofer; the VHT510 ($399) is suited for flat-panel TVs that are 40 inches or larger and comes with a wireless and rear speakers.
The wireless nature of both products provides users the freedom to place the subwoofer and speakers anywhere in the room, as long as it’s within 60 feet of the soundbar. Both soundbars can be connected to a pair of Vizio VHP100 Wireless Home Theater Headphones ($299).
Vizio is also making it simpler and more affordable to have Internet content delivered to your TV. For less than $200, the company’s three models of dual-band wireless Blu-ray players let you add the Internet to your entertainment options without having to invest in a new TV.
The VIA-enabled VBR210, VBR220 and VBR231 can stream content wirelessly from online services such as Netflix, Vudu and Pandora. The VBR210 and VBR220 players feature built-in 802.11, 24GHz technology and deliver 7.1 channels of digital audio output over HDMI. The VBR231 uses both 2.4 and 5GHz bands for more reliability.
Even less expensive, at $99.99, Vizio’s new XWR100 802.11n dual-band wireless router can stream HD media to VIA-enabled Blu-ray players and HDTVs. The device employs technology that prioritizes Internet traffic, making HD media its highest priority. It also makes use of both 2.4 and 5GHz simultaneously to help maximize its range and speed, while minimizing interruptions and re-buffering.
Web connectivity is possible through Vizio’s XVT Series Razor LED HDTVs, which range from 22 to 55 inches.
Complementing Vizio’s line of Internet-connected components are two 3D TVs. Both the 55-inch and 47-inch models in the XVT line feature an integrated WirelessHD receiver to support a wireless connection to an HD source like a settop box or Blu-ray player. The 3D TVs also feature LED backlighting and active-shutter glasses. A smaller 42-inch active 3D display uses LED backlighting, as well.
Here are the pretty product pictures:
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Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.