Vizio adds Dolby Atmos to its latest home theater speakers

Vertical surround sound may be more affordable.

Vizio didn't just unveil bright HDR TVs as part of its spring announcements. The electronics giant has launched a trio of home theater systems that bring Dolby Atmos audio to the lineup. The 36-inch 5.1.2, 46-inch 3.1.2 and 46-inch 5.1.4 systems all pack the requisite upward-firing speakers to add a vertical dimension to your movies. Of course, Chromecast support and Bluetooth remain built-in. Vizio hasn't outlined pricing yet, but expects all three Atmos systems to arrive in the summer.

If you don't care for Atmos, there's another system in the mix. A new 36-inch 2.1 soundbar packs dual subwoofers, theoretically offering the kind of punch that would normally require a dedicated bass box. There's no mention of smart connectivity beyond Bluetooth, but you probably won't complain when you see the price: Vizio is listing the soundbar at $120 ahead of its late spring launch date.