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VIZIO - 2.0-Channel Soundbar with Bluetooth - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 2414 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound bar despite what the Sales Rep said

    Posted
    Calvin
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    • My Best Buy® Member

    To begin I was in the market for a wall mountable sound bar with no sub woofer. I wanted a 2.0 system to replace my previously bulky and cobbled up 2.1 system that was taking up a large amount of floor space and also disturbing people trying to sleep in my house. I had a sales rep that literally said, and I quote "If you're listening with your wallet, sure go with this one." and tried to talk me into getting this LG 2.1 system that was on sale. Literally making me have an expectation and gut feeling that I wasted my money as I was driving home. I set this up in literally 10 minutes screws and all using the template included and hardware included. I also used hand tools, I didn't even need a drill. I powered it up and turned Netflix on. As I slowly upped the volume I was already amazed by the quality even at like 20% volume. At 50% volume this thing really pumps out sound. I would say it is literally 20 times better than any built in TV speakers even on a higher end $500+ TV. This really is a quality product that I do not regret purchasing at all. I now have a very sleek wall mounted TV & audio system setup that I can be proud of and now I vacuum that corner and walk over there without bumping into speakers or having a mess over there. It really opened up the room and made the presentation of my room/office a lot more modern, comfortable and spacious. If you don't need lots of bass and want a good quality sound bar for around $100 or less then go for this. I wouldn't hesitate buying another. If you're someone that needs bass or wants bass but still want a sound bar configuration then you should definitely spend more around the ~$250 mark and get something that has larger speakers and a wireless sub woofer. I know bestbuy carries a Samsung and JBL flavor of these. Just to be real Samsung would be my best bet for quality and also customer support. They don't ever half you know what their products. I almost wanted to say it's a bit over priced but really thinking about it and looking at the other offerings it's very fairly priced for what you get.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound And Features for The Price

    Posted
    Mitran

    I've owned this sound bar for just a couple of days and I've already fell in love with it. I bought it to replace my two Bose - yes, Bose - speakers in a particular setting. I cannot use the speakers with my desktop PC via BT or WiFi because there is always an unbearable 2-3 seconds lag. I tried to connect them via the wire (Aux) but they cannot be paired as stereo duo via Aux and for me "Stereo" is a must!. But back to what this review is about. This Vizio sound bar has a half a second or so lag too when connected via BT to my PC and that's acceptable for me. What I love about it is that I can also connect via Aux (wire) and listen in stereo without any lag - the main reason I prefer it over Bose (in this particular setting). It now sits on my desk in front of my monitor and everything feels right: the distance, the sound, the controls. Here it what else I like about this soundbar: • Perfect in a desktop setting - size, listening distance, within reach controls (besides the remote). • Unexpected powerful sound without any distortions even at max level • Immediate paring via Bluetooth and acceptable lag • Best "bang for the buck"...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    A defective sound bar.

    Posted
    LittleMissHDMI
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I'd done my homework ahead of time when it came to selecting a soundbar for a bedroom with a wall shared with the neighbor. No subwoofer required as this wasn't my main family room set-up and once I set up the unit and plugged it in, I noticed the sound was *plenty* loud...when it is that it actually worked (which was roughly 5% of the time). Cutting in and out as I changed Netflix titles let alone went to different inputs, I found that most of the time I had no sound at all (even when I paired it to my Vizio TV). Repeatedly, I had to unplug and start again both the television as well the bar to get suddenly shockingly loud volume that would turn off as quickly and unpredictability as it turned on. One of the biggest complaints besides the unpredictable, faulty performance that would go from silence to ear-ringingly loud was the layout of small vertical dots. Four blink for connection by optical or one blinks if searching for an available connection, for example, and it's almost impossible to ascertain which setting you're in when you're counting dots right in front of the unit let alone more than six to eight feet away. A major disappointment, I wound up returning it less than 48 hours after first opening the box. Avoid the bar, even if you make the investment I did in a thicker, longer quality optical cord (a mere $7 Amazon purchase) as opposed to Vizio's hopelessly thread-thin model that came included with the unit. While I can't recommend Vizio TVs enough and love their quality, unfortunately, this was an awful introduction to their budget soundbar line.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Competitive soundbar

    Posted
    Joeschmo
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    I was weary of the "you get what you pay for" when approaching the buying of a sound bar, but we just don't have the budget to tap into a larger, more luxurious sound system right now. All that went away when I brought this home and plugged it in. For the price-point, this sound bar really impressed me. It is very sleek looking and I like the minimalist design of the light that signifies the current volume (as well as other audio controls). All we needed was to finally rid ourselves of the dreaded, unbalanced stock TV speakers effect of not being able to hear any dialogue/voices without having to blast the speakers and hear the crashes and booms of background noise. Now we have a more balanced sound where we don't have to blast the speakers. It isn't perfect, depending on the input, sometimes we need to still turn the volume down when the music/SFX gets too loud (since we live in an apartment) but it serves its function well. I think the best balanced system would be to have true surround sound with speakers behind you as well but this does the general trick for now. The bass is plentiful, in fact, we had to turn ours down because it was too punchy! For those on a budget, you won't be disappointed by this product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Trouble with set-up

    Posted
    QQQQ
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    This soundbar has beautiful sound. It's clear at mid and upper ranges as well as providing a big deep bass you can crank up if you want to. Greatly improved the sound of my new Samsung 42" and the price was great. BUT, there proved to be no way on the planet to sync the sound bar with the TV or cable box so I didn't have to use two remotes all the time. As someone who's constantly readjusting the volume (down for crashy parts, up for dialogue), two remotes are much too cumbersome for me. No 4-digit code from the new TV,, no Mediacom expert, no Best Buy expert or tech elf could solve the problem and eventually a more experienced Best Buy sales guy told me it couldn't be done. Returned the bar with disappointment and bought a Best Buy DVD/5.1 surround home theater system. Better sound than the Samsung TV, of course, but not such great sound as the bar. So I recommend this bar to anyone who has a home theater system or universal remote that can accept it - and be sure you talk to a senior tech person about exactly how to do this. .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Didn't work as expected

    Posted
    Bill
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    I had an issue with my Vizio soundbar, but can't say for sure if it was my soundbar's fault or TV. I have an LG TV and when I hooked the soundbar up to it, when I pressed the up arrow on the soundbar's remote to increase the volume, it went all the way to the maximum. When I lowered the volume, it would go all the way to mute. There were no intermediate levels. I was ready to return it but then I decided to try it on an older flat-screen that we have in the basement. I am not down there at the moment but I believe it is a Toshiba. Anyhow, the soundbar worked fine with that TV and the volume would increase and decrease in increments. So now I am hesitant to buy another type of soundbar for my LG because I don't know if I will have the same problem or not. So, I may be unfairly giving this 3 stars. With that said, my LGTV is fairly new (only 2 years) while the TV in the basement is around 9 years old, so I would think this soundbar should have no issue with a newer TV.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      VIZIOEntertainmentExpert

      Hello Bill, thank you for your feedback. If you continue to have trouble controlling the volume on your sound bar please contact our customer service at 877-878-4946 for assistance. VIZIO

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great little sound bar with surprising bass

    Posted
    redthepale
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    • My Best Buy® Member

    I purchased this alongside a Vizio TV since I bought the TV open box and had enough leftover to grab a sound bar. I couldn't believe how good the bass was when I first used it. The associate that showed it to me in-store cautioned that it didn't come with a subwoofer, but I wasn't looking for anything crazy bassy, so this was perfect for me. I haven't messed with the settings since the out of the box sound was alright with me, so I can't say much about the equalizer settings. The only problems I have with it are 1)There have been a couple of instances when I switched to a different game console or switched to Bluetooth to play music on my phone and it decided to do a loud, constant beep like it has a connection problem. I just turn the speaker off and on again, and that has fixed it. I would I recommend keeping the volume down when making switches like that, just in case. 2)If I keep the volume at the lowest it will go, it seems to dip the volume to being inaudible randomly. If you need to keep it way down for any reason, keep that in mind.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good but not great....

    Posted
    Elcapitan1015
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    • My Best Buy® Member

    This soundbar has excellent reviews and that really enticed me to get it. The sound is decent and it feels well made. Here is the thing you need to know when you get a soundbar. 1. if you want your soundbar to work with stream services, the soundbar MUST have HDMI connections or forget it. 2. The volume control on this model is not the best, the volume does not go up in small increments, it goes from low to loud with one touch of the volume control. I returned the soundbar and got me another one (not at best buy) with HDMI connections and it works seamlessly from TV to DVD to Netflix... I love it! So do not get me wrong I love BEST BUY in fact I buy most of my electronics and home entertainment from them but they did not have the soundbar I was looking for. I hope this helps.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      VIZIOEntertainmentExpert

      Hello Elcapitan1015, the sound bar will accepts audio from streaming services from optical on the television. VIZIO

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good sound, too many inputs!

    Posted
    kwame
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    • My Best Buy® Member

    Seems crazy that I am complaining about too many inputs. However, there are too many, if the way to switch between them is to click through one at a time. Also, you know what input you are on by the position of the two missing dots on the left side of the speaker. I use optical and analog RCA. For the first month or so, I had to keep a key on the remote to see which set of dots are needed for my input. Very annoying! It would help if it auto switched when a signal is detected. Oh well. Very good sound, certainly fuller than my TV. It also has a subwoofer out if the onboard bass is not enough for you. I am keeping it because I like the sound for the price but It would have been better with less inputs- The more expensive version with chromecast has less inputs and works great.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    An improvement over the built-in speakers ...

    Posted
    YMMV
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    • My Best Buy® Member

    ... but so much more can be done! To be clear, you will for sure hear a difference between the speakers built into your set and this soundbar. But it will not be a night-and-day kind of thing. If you are looking for something that will add far more "wow" then get a soundbar with a subwoofer. A sub will not only improve the low-end sound but it will add a richness to the whole range of sounds in whatever you are watching. For standard TV shows like sit-coms it won't be so noticeable, but if you watch movies or shows with bigger action-y scenes then you will really be impressed. This soundbar is not bad but for only a bit more money you would really be able to hear the difference.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      VIZIOEntertainmentExpert

      Hello YMMV, thank you for your feedback it is appreciated. VIZIO

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good clear sound

    Posted
    SensibleBob

    Good quality sound. Don't expect thundering bass. Get the wireless subwoofer option if you need that. Plugged it in with optical cable. It worked. Dramatically improved the pathetic TV sound (turn that down to prevent echoing). Don't expect much range of adjustment on bass or treble. Select the True sound and Simulated Surround Sound. You're done. The remote is quite reponsive. That being said, this is not for the "primary TV" which we use for most theater type viewing. For that we have a decent surround unit with woofer etc. This Vizio delivers good sound for us while we watch the news or PBS Kids. And I would not use this to bluetooth music. Overall, a great unit. But don't expect it to sound like $400. And if you think great sound is rumbling big bass, get the sub woofer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Really wanted to like this soundbar...

    Posted
    Dominic
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I really wanted to like this soundbar, as I like to root for an underdog, but I can't endorse it. First, I only hooked it up to the TV via optical cable. I watched a Blu-ray and it worked perfectly. Then I tried to watch a DVD -- didn't work. Hooked up my Blu-ray player to the soundbar directly and it worked without a hitch. Then I hooked up my AppleTV, and it worked when I watch Youtube or Crackle, but NOT when I watch Netflix/HULU/HBONow. This is ridiculous, how can it work with some apps but not others? They're all playing via the AppleTV. I even hooked the optical cord directly from soundbar to AppleTV (which I shouldn't have to do), and that did not work either. It seemingly senses there is no source. Frustrating. I will return this.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great soundbar

    Posted
    onemjt
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    I had read reviews on another soundbar and went to my local best buy to purchase it. When I got there I spoke with a salesperson who showed me the one I was originally going to purchase. It didn't have bluetooth capability and was bigger than I had expected it to be. He asked me what I was going to use it for and I told him I was going to use it in my travel trailer. He then showed me this one which has bluetooth and was smaller than the other one. It was on sale for the same price. I decided to go with his suggestion as my trailer isn't that big and I though it would work better in the space. I hooked it up at home to my tv and it worked great. I have used it when we have gone camping in our trailer and it is great having the bluetooth option as I hook up a tablet with movies on to the tv then use the bluetooth option for the sound. Glad I went with this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Delivers What It Promises At a Fair Price

    Posted
    NightRanger
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Bought this sound bar to replace the horrible speakers on our 40" Vizio TV. It probably won't satisfy a discerning audiophile but it absolutely fills our combo kitchen and dining room with high quality sound. Installation and set up were easy even though we were limited to only one suitable area for the mounting brackets. Highs and lows are easy to pick out plus there is more bass than we expected at this price point. All voice ranges are clearly heard. This bar is easy on our elderly ears with more than enough volume and punch for us. Best Buy's customer service is still fair to marginal at best but the quality of the bar and its price made the time they wasted almost worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simple Sound, Great Deal!

    Posted
    SCAntonio
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    • My Best Buy® Member

    Having purchased a 55" TV last summer, it didn't take too long to recognize what every reviewer talked about with respect to the limitations of the built-in spreakers. After (as usual) agonizing over the purchase of a sound bar for some time, I eventually remembered that I'm not an audio or video-phile, had pretty basic needs and just plain didn't want to spend a ton of $$. This VIZIO sound bar has been PERFECT. It was plug&play from a set up perspective, works automatically with the VIZIO TV remote and increased our sound & enjoyment level many-fold!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    better sound overall, needs some adjustment

    Posted
    christmastree
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    This sound bar provides powerful sound that improves the sound of tv shows. With it we hear things on familiar dvd's that we didn't hear or notice before. Music is much improved with the sound bar and has powerful bass. However, we bought the sound bar hoping it would make it easier to discern voices over loud background sounds and music and so far it has not done that. Everything is louder and clearer including the background. We need to adjust the treble and bass more to see of we can accomplish this. The sound bar looks nice and fits snugly in front of the tv without blocking the tv at all. It was somewhat tricky to install and you have to use two remotes when watching.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    sound kept cutting off

    Posted
    AIRICA79

    After reading so many good reviews about this sound bar I decided to get it and I am disappointed in it. For one thing I bought this one mainly so I can use my TV remote to control the bar to reduce extra remotes but there isn't a way that I have found to program mine (panasonic TV) I even asked the girl this before purchasing. Also I have noticed that every so often the sound would shut off and it seemed to take forever for me to figure out how to get it back on. The 2 middle LED lights would just keep blinking. The manual didn't address what that meant. Another reviewer had mentioned that the bar has a sensor to turn off sound when TV is idle w/o sound for a few minutes and they fixed it through their TV remote because they had a vizio TV. Needless to say I am returning it, I shouldn't have to play with it every time a movie or TV show ends.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Spend more on better

    Posted
    Gruben
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    • My Best Buy® Member

    Not that the bar doesn't make it louder. Quality of sound is A+. The way to navigate is very complicated. Only knowing by lights in the front to know your inputs. Also button placement is very inconvenient. If you have anywhere that you would put stuff on top of, it will turn off and mess up the set up as the buttons are on top. My car regularly walks on my TV stand tapping the on button only for it to sync up on my phone and recalling the volume you last had. My case I was awaken at 2 am by the Beatles playing like holy heck because of that. Been unplugged for months 4/10

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      VIZIOEntertainmentExpert

      Hello Gruben, thank you for your feedback. VIZIO

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not sure if it's the sound bar or TV

    Posted
    Sheerah
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Every few days this Vizio sound bar stops playing sound. However, I just read that somebody with the same TV as I have has their sound bar stop playing sound. So which device is at fault? Hard to say. What I do know is I have to factory reset the sound bar when this happens. It's easy to do but very annoying. Another thing I don't like is I have a hard time getting the sound exactly where I want it to be. My hearing isn't the greatest, but sometimes I feel the sound is either too loud or too soft. However, the sound, when it does come out, is crisp and clear and if I wanted to, I could make it very, very loud. If I knew the sound going out was a function of the TV and not of the sound bar, I would give this 4 stars.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    love the sound bar, gives excellent sound, voice

    Posted
    soundbar
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    bought a new tv, but the sound from the tv was noisy, Someone mentioned trying a sound bar, so I bought the cheapest one on sale to try. Had a little trouble hooking it up because I am not good at technical stuff. Looked on line for help, than called the manufacturer for help and they very easily helped me. I love it. It made the tv sound perfect. Thanks to the sales person for their help in buying this sound bar. I don't write these, but was so pleased, I wanted to let others know the improvement a sound bar gives to sound and I did not have to spend lot on money. Good luck in shopping.

    I would recommend this to a friend