New Vizio SmartCast Multi-Room Speakers Designed for Whole-Home Audio

September 21 2016, 04:00
Vizio recently expanded its SmartCast speaker collection with new very affordable SmartCast Crave Pro and Crave 360 speakers, fully integrating Google Cast technology for simple WiFi whole home audio streaming. The company, recently acquired by Chinese electronics firm LeEco and already America’s #1 sound bar company, is now targeting the expanding multi-room wireless audio segment, benefiting from a full ecosystem of home theater products and SmartCast entertainment app.

Vizio’s new SmartCast audio offerings, the versatile Vizio SmartCast Crave Pro and Crave 360 Speakers, are designed for easy, multi-room audio throughout the entire home. The Crave Pro serves as a stationary speaker for consumers looking to revamp a room with 2.1 audio with dual integrated subwoofers, while the Crave 360 offers 360˚ omnidirectional portable audio, to take into the backyard or move about the home.

Both SmartCast speakers fully integrate Google Cast, allowing users to stream Google Cast-enabled audio apps from mobile devices, directly to the speakers over WiFi. Since the Crave collection is part of the Vizio SmartCast entertainment ecosystem, both speakers are controllable by the Vizio SmartCast app which transforms iOS or Android mobile devices into powerful touchscreen remotes. The all-new Vizio SmartCast Crave 360 speakers are available now at an MSRP of $249.99, while the SmartCast Crave Pro speakers have an MSRP of $299.99.

The new VIZIO SmartCast app simplifies the entire whole-home audio experience, allowing users to turn their iOS or Android mobile devices into a Crave speaker remote for seamless play, pause and volume control from anywhere in the home. The app makes it convenient for consumers to search, discover, browse and cast their favorite music to Crave speakers in any room. Seamless multi-room functionality allows users to cast the same song, or send a different song, to multiple cast-enabled speakers and sound bars connected to the home WiFi network.

The new Vizio SmartCast speakers also allow consumers to stream their favorite music, podcasts and internet radio stations over WiFi as well as Bluetooth. Apart from using the SmartCast app, both speakers can be manually controlled using a glass touch dial that allows users to tap to play, swipe to skip and twist to increase or decrease volume levels.

The Vizio SmartCast Crave Pro Speaker features a satin aluminum finish and sits perfectly on an office bookshelf or living room side table, delivering integrated 2.1 home audio from custom-crafted drivers that produce up to 102 dB of dynamic sound and an integrated dual subwoofer. The Vizio SmartCast Crave 360 speaker offers 360˚ omnidirectional 2.1 home audio and produces up to 95 dB of dynamic sound with 50Hz bass. The Crave 360 speaker comes with a wireless charging base and runs up to 8 hours using WiFi or Bluetooth to stream music. In addition, the Crave 360 boasts a leather carrying strap for secure, grab-and-go convenience.

“We set out to create the most easy-to-use multi-room streaming audio solutions for consumers that deliver high quality audio performance,” says Matt McRae, Chief Technology Officer, Vizio.
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