Big Screen, Big Sound, Small Power Bill
If you think that a bigger monitor will mean outsized electricity bills as well, Vizio’s 55-inch XVT TV-monitor has the power to change your mind. In spite of having one of the largest LCD displays available, a double-speed 120Hz imaging engine and the ability to show full HD programming, the monitor is Energy Star 3.0 compatible and uses 15 percent less power than comparable products. It even uses less than a watt when it’s turned off. With nine input jacks, including 5 HDMI connections, it can host a variety of devices.
With SRS Labs surround sound and volume control technology built in, it sounds great. While you’re at it, complete the set up with Vizio’s VSB210WS Sound Bar and Wireless Subwoofer, which can fill a classroom with rich and accurate audio. Inside are four 3-inch high efficiency mid-range bass drivers and a 1-inch high performance aluminum dome neodymium tweeter for each channel. The best part is that the external sub-woofer can stay connected without wires or cables as far as 30-feet from the sound bar. Look for these products to be introduced in January with the 55-inch monitor-TV selling for $2,000 and the sound bar adding $ 350.