Vizio has announced the launch of its new premium speaker, the SmartCast Crave 360 ($249.99). The new speakers integrate Google Cast and are being positioned as an alternative to Sonos, the leader in multi-room audio.
VIZIO SmartCast Crave 360 Speaker Design:
The Crave 360 has a tubular shape reminiscent of the Amazon Echo, and uses it to blast tunes in 360 degrees. It is meant to be a portable and stationary speaker in one, with an 8 hours battery life and a wireless charging base that you can pluck it on and take it off whenever you feel like bringing it to the garden, balcony, park, or just moving it around the house. There is even a leather strap to carry it safely.
VIZIO SmartCast Crave 360 Speaker Features:
Vizio’s SmartCast speakers pack in Bluetooth connectivity in addition to the WiFi, something Sonos doesn’t have on its feature list. While you will get better audio quality via Cast and WiFi, it’s nice to have the option and you will need it with the mobile Crave 360. The speakers also has aluminum exteriors for a more sophisticated look than a lot of the other opt, too.
The speakers use a glass touch dial that allows users to pause and resume playback, adjust volume, and skip sounds. Even so, you will likely mostly be controlling them with Vizio’s SmartCast app, available for iOS and Android, as this enables you to easily control all of the SmartCast products in your home at once. SmartCast products have the potential to work with other devices, as they use Google Cast as opposed to their own proprietary protocol.
VIZIO SmartCast Crave 360 Speaker Specs:
|SmartCast Crave 360||Specifications|
|Portable Speaker Height||10.04-inch|
|Portable Speaker Diameter||4.92-inch|
|Speaker Configuration||4x 1.5” Full Range Speakers, 1x 3.5” Subwoofer (Sealed)|
|Speaker Frequency||50Hz – 20kHz|
|SPL (Sound Pressure Level)||95dB|
|Battery Type||(Built-in) Li-ion|
|Play Time (on battery)||8 Hours|
|Battery Charging Time||3.5 Hours|
|Sound Enhancement Technology||DTS Studio Sound, DTS TruVolume|
|Touch Pad Control||Play/Pause, Skip Track|
|Volume Dial||Volume Up/Down|
|Bluetooth||BLE 4.1 Low Energy|
VIZIO SmartCast Crave 360 Speaker Price:
The SmartCast Crave 360 is available now via the Vizio website and Sam’s Club, and sells for $249.99.