Two years after unleashing its flagship Elevate soundbar with drivers that routinely swivel up for Dolby Atmos content material, Vizio has introduced a mid-rage model of the Elevate with a brand new, extra “delicate” design, plus a extra inexpensive price ticket.
Obtainable later this yr (assume summer time or early fall), the Vizio M-Collection Elevate arrives with a rejiggered model of the rotating drivers that have been, till now, distinctive to the pricier P-Series Elevate.
The newer Elevate ditches the perforated look of the pricier model, which had segments on the left and proper ends that visibly swiveled as much as bounce Dolby Atmos or DTS:X top cues off the ceiling, or ahead to bolster the soundstage for five.1 and stereo audio.
As a substitute, the M-Collection Elevate (mannequin M512E-K6) has a strong design, with left and proper port tubes that peek out from the ends of the soundbar solely when its rotating drivers are swiveled upwards. When the drivers are pointing ahead, the port tubes are utterly hidden.
Vizio says that the brand new look of its M-Collection Elevate was “deliberately designed to be extra delicate in order to not distract from the general lounge setting.”
That stated, these hidden port tubes can be eye-catching if you’d like them to be, as they arrive with LED accent lights that may glow in a number of colours; you can even hold the LEDs turned off in case you’d somewhat keep on with the “delicate” vibe.
Moreover the redesigned rotating drivers, the Vizio M-Collection Elevate has a subwoofer with a brand new, rounded design, together with a pair of low-profile wired rear audio system.
At the moment slated to retail for $699 (I’m informed that pricing might nonetheless change), the M-Collection Elevate prices $300 lower than the step-up P-Collection Elevate, however you’ll must accept just a few sonic compromises.
For starters, the M-Collection Elevate is a 5.1.2-channel soundbar, versus 5.1.4 channels for the P-Collection mannequin. Meaning the pricier P-Collection Elevate has a complete of 4 upfiring drivers, versus simply two for the M-Collection model.
Additionally, the M-Collection Elevate’s subwoofer has a 45Hz low-frequency ground, in comparison with 30Hz for the subwoofer that comes with the P-Collection Elevate.
That stated, each fashions function DTS Digital:X help, in addition to HDMI-eARC interfaces, 4K Dolby Imaginative and prescient passthrough, Bluetooth, and a devoted 3.5mm enter for voice assistants.
We’ll have a full overview of the Vizio M-Collection Elevate as soon as we spend high quality time with a overview unit.
Up to date on January 7, 2022 with a correction; the rear audio system included with the M-Collection Elevate are wired, not wi-fi.