Vizio Brings 5.1 Home Theater Soundbar to Canada Vizio is now shipping its latest collection of Vizio SmartCast soundbars to Canada.RS Staff ⋅ Oct 10, 2016 Vizio is now shipping its latest collection of Vizio SmartCast soundbars to Canada. The new offerings range in size from the 38-inch 2.1 Soundbar System to the flagship 45-inch 5.1 Slim Soundbar System. The collection fully integrates Google Cast, allowing users to stream millions of songs from Google Cast-enabled audio apps that music listeners already have on their mobile devices, directly to the soundbars over Wi-Fi. Since the soundbar collection is part of the Vizio SmartCast entertainment ecosystem, each soundbar can be controlled by the Vizio SmartCast app, which transforms iOS or Android mobile devices into powerful touchscreen remotes. The Vizio SmartCast soundbars start at an MSRP of $289.99 (CAN) for the 38-inch 2.1 Soundbar System, with the flagship 45-inch 5.1 Slim Soundbar System offered at an MSRP of $689.99 (CAN). Models are rolling out to both Amazon.ca and Costco.ca. The new Vizio SmartCast app simplifies the entire whole-home audio experience, transforming iOS or Android mobile devices into smart remotes. The app seamlessly allows consumers to utilize the multiroom function to cast the same song, or a different song, to multiple Google Cast-enabled audio products connected to the home Wi-Fi network. Simple controls like play, pause, skip, and volume adjustment are also possible through the app, allowing consumers to control their soundbar from anywhere in the home. With Wi-Fi streaming, listeners are no longer interrupted by phone calls, texts, and other disruptive notifications that commonly occur when streaming over Bluetooth. Wi-Fi streaming also helps conserve battery usage on mobile devices, and frees up mobile devices for other tasks. Best of all, Wi-Fi streaming allows for improved audio quality compared to Bluetooth. Vizio’s audio products also ship with a standard LCD display remote, giving consumers an alternative way to control basic functions of their soundbar. “We’re excited to bring the Vizio SmartCast soundbar collection to the Canadian market,” said Matt McRae, chief technology officer, Vizio. “Not only does a sleek industrial design make the soundbars a stylish, must-have addition to any home, but the variety of product choices also provides consumers with flexibility when choosing a soundbar for their big screens. The Vizio SmartCast app allows consumers to seamlessly cast and control their music right from their mobile device, making the soundbars a great addition to the whole-home audio experience.” The SmartCast 45-inch 5.1 Slim Soundbar System is ideal for home theater enthusiasts seeking elegant style, the highest quality audio and a true 5.1 surround sound. Designed to complement 47-inch class size displays and above, Vizio’s flagship offering was engineered with custom drivers, a center channel for enhanced dialogue clarity and a sleek profile that doesn’t sacrifice audio quality. Measuring 2 inches high and 2 inches deep, the 45-inch slim soundbar features rear satellite speakers and pumps up to 104dB Sound Pressure Level (SPL) and as low as 30Hz of bass. The flagship model, along with the 40-inch 5.1 slim soundbar configuration, features a sleek and compact subwoofer, well suited out-of-the-way storage beneath or next to a sofa. The subwoofer for the 45-inch 5.1 soundbar measures 3.2 inches high, with the subwoofer for the 40-inch 5.1 Soundbar System standing at just 3 inches tall. SubscribeFor more stories like this, and to keep up to date with all our market leading news, features and analysis, sign up to our newsletter here.