There’s upgrading your TV room and then there’s upgrading your TV room. The former involves an inexpensive soundbar that takes the audio onus off your TV’s terrible speakers. The latter: a 5.1-channel audio system with a subwoofer and Dolby Atmos support. (For those unfamiliar with it, here’s .)
Wait a second, though: Doesn’t that feature cost a small fortune? Wasn’t the LG SK10Y soundbar with Dolby Atmos selling for around $800 last year? Yes, but that was last year; this year, Vizio ushered in the era of — and today’s deal brings one of the lowest prices yet.
For a limited time, and while supplies last, the refurbished Vizio SB36512-F6 soundbar is $239 shipped with promo code CNETSOUND. This model listed for $500 when it debuted earlier this year and sells new for at least $380. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.
The SB36512-F6 is a . That’s my way of telling you I don’t know a ton about home audio, but all the important info can be found in that review.
The upshot: Even at $500, this was the Dolby Atmos bargain of the year. Maybe ever. At $239, it’s really no more expensive than many standard 5.1-channel soundbar systems.
So, what’s the refurb “hit”? Pretty typical: You get a 90-day warranty instead of 1 year. Assuming you can live with that, and you want to seriously raise your home-theater audio game on the cheap, this is your deal.
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