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VIZIO's 42" 5.1 Home Theater Sound Bar Wins CNET Best of CES Award for Home Theater and Audio at 2013 International CES

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- VIZIO, America's #1 Sound Bar Company1, announced it won a Best of CES Award for its 42" 5.1 Home Theater Sound Bar with wireless subwoofer and surrounds (S4251w-B4).  Produced and judged by editors from CNET, the winners of the Best of CES Awards were named Thursday, January 10, at 2013 CES in Las Vegas. Videos of the winners and finalist products can be found at http://www.cnet.com/ces.

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Selected by CNET's expert editors, the winners were the most exciting, innovative and promising products at the show. CNET editors scoured the 2013 CES show floor for products to consider for the prestigious award. In addition, CNET awarded a Best of Show product and thousands of online readers and viewers voted for the CNET People's Voice winner.

"We're very proud our 42" 5.1 Home Theater Sound Bar was named Best of CES 2013," said John Schindler, VIZIO Vice President of Product Management. "This product is engineered to elevate the consumer home theater experience to new heights at an unparalleled value. VIZIO's new slim, modern, size-matched design complements a range of HDTV sizes and are packed with technologies to amplify audio to match the visual experience consumers have grown to expect from their HDTVs."  

Designed to deliver a best-in-class audio experience that serves as the perfect complement for today's advanced HDTVs, VIZIO looks to further innovate the category with superior surround sound and new convenience features, such as a Display Remote and Bluetooth connectivity.

"Hundreds of companies and manufacturers descend on Las Vegas each January to announce the products that will make news in the coming year," said Lindsey Turrentine, Editor in Chief of CNET Reviews. "CNET's army of editors work tirelessly to meet with industry insiders, explore every inch of the CES show floor, and live blog every major press conference to make sure we find the most exciting new tech from the show. We're happy to have selected VIZIO for a Best of CES Award."

With a consistent focus on enhanced sound quality for today's thin HDTVs, VIZIO's new sound bars pack must-have technologies into a compact and modern industrial design.  Upwards of 102 dB of crystal clear audio with less than 1% Total Harmonic Distortion2 resonates from the sound bars to match great picture with superior sound. The added convenience of built-in Bluetooth support gives consumers the ability to stream music to their VIZIO sound bar directly from Bluetooth-enabled smart phones, tablets or other audio playback devices. Understanding how consumers interact with their sound bars, VIZIO developed an innovative Display Remote, eliminating the need to squint across the room to view current input, adjust bass or enable the built-in DTS audio technologies. VIZIO's Display Remote is included with select sound bars and contains a built-in LCD display, making it easy to control sound bar settings while still relaxing on the couch.   

Packed with advanced audio technology, VIZIO's 42" 5.1 Home Theater Sound Bar with wireless subwoofer and surrounds provides a best-in-class surround sound solution, able to satisfy even the discerning ears of serious audiophiles.  With integrated center, left and right front channels, a wireless subwoofer that can sit up to 60' feet away and two rear satellite speakers, the S4251w-B4 Home Theater Sound Bar envelops the living room in immersive, true cinematic audio.  Size-matched for 46" – 47" HDTVs, VIZIO's newest audio solution sports a stylish design and mounts under screens as a seamless extension of the entertainment experience.

The Best of CES award further reinforces VIZIO's position as America's #1 Sound Bar Company1, with the S4251w-B4 amplifying the TV-watching experience by providing audio enthusiasts with a substantial quality and clarity upgrade when compared to standard, thin-frame HDTV speakers.  For more information on VIZIO's award-winning 42" 5.1 Sound Bar and all other audio products, visit www.VIZIO.com.


VIZIO, Inc. is headquartered in Irvine, California. In Q2 2007, VIZIO skyrocketed to the top by becoming the #1 shipping brand of flat panel HDTVs in North America and in Q3 2007 became the first American brand in over a decade to lead in U.S. LCD HDTV shipments. Since 2007 VIZIO LCD HDTV shipments remain in the top ranks in the U.S. and were #1 for the total year in 2009 and 2010. In Q4 2012, VIZIO became America's #1 60+ inch HDTV company based on units sold. VIZIO is the #1 Sound Bar Company and is a top rated sound bar brand 2-years running by leading consumer publications. As VIZIO celebrates its 10-Year Anniversary, it remains committed to what it does best, focus on the consumer to deliver visionary products at a great value. VIZIO offers a broad range of award winning consumer electronics that now include PCs and mobility products.  VIZIO's products are found at Amazon, Best Buy, BJ's Wholesale, Costco Wholesale, Sam's Club, Target, Walmart and other retailers nationwide. VIZIO has won numerous awards including a #1 ranking in the Inc. 500 for Top Companies in Computers and Electronics, "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with HDTVs" by J.D. Power and Associates and made the lists of Ad Age's Hottest Brands, CNET's Editor's Choice, CNET Best of CES 2011 - Television, Home Theater Magazine's Top Picks, Good Housekeeping's Best Big-Screens, PC World's Best Buy and Popular Mechanics Editor's Choice among many other prestigious honors. For more information, please call 888-VIZIOCE or visit www.VIZIO.com.

© 2013 VIZIO, Inc.  The V, VIZIO, Thin + Light and all names, logos and phrases are registered or unregistered trademarks of VIZIO, Inc.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  All rights reserved.

1Source:  The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service Based on Units Sold January – October 2012

2Source: Sound Pressure Level measured using pink noise at 1 meter, C-weighted.  Total Harmonic Distortion calculated as electrical measurement of amplifier distortion.


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