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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Affordable Atmos

    Posted
    Mirvana
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    This 36” sound bar from Vizio is one of the best values, if not the best, on the market currently. To find a sound bar with similar specs from another brand, you’re going to spending significantly more money at best and probably more than even some high end TVs at worst. You’ll certainly get more refined and better sound from other options but at the cost that this sound bar comes in at, in my opinion, it’s pretty hard to justify the premium you’ll be paying. First, let’s talk about how it sounds since that’s what everyone wants to know right off the bat. In short, it’s very good. It gives the impression of a larger setup, even more so than I was hoping for. Vizio very smartly went with a dedicated rear surround speaker setup rather than resorting to trickery for rear sounds. I’ve seen this done, and quite well in fact, in sound bars before but not anywhere even remotely close to this price point. It delivers full, clear sound even when you start to push the envelope on volume. Unsurprisingly, the subwoofer begins to give out before the rest of the system with some distortion with loud thunderous sounds such as thunder, rumbling, explosions, etc. BUT (and this is important) because the subwoofer can be placed in several different locations, you can mitigate a lot of this by finding the place in your area that most easily communicates bass sounds and then reduce the intensity of the bass response to help clean this up. If you’re not sure what I mean, search “basic subwoofer placement” on YouTube and you’ll be able to gain some insight into how moving your subwoofer even just a few feet can drastically improve the sound experience. The upward firing speakers do give you an impression of an elevated sound field but, to be quite honest, it’s not as effective as I’d hoped. That said, I’m sure a “lay” person could tell the difference between this and a non-Atmos capable system. If I had to rate the effectiveness I’d say it’s a 7/10. Of course, A LOT of that comes down to how well the sound for your content was mastered. Using a Dolby Atmos demo blu-ray helps showcase how the upward firing speakers improve the sound experience but when it comes down to it, if the sound for your movie, game, etc. isn’t mastered to take advantage of it, it’s not going to really shine. The 36” sound bar isn’t the longest on the market but it does a good job of expanding the sound field out to each side, enough that you can clearly tell the difference between sound delivered through the center channel and the side channels for a nice “sweeping” effect. In summary, Is it going to compete with a dedicated home theater system? For most people, probably more than enough. I set this up in the same room as my dedicated system and I can say that for me, there’s a clear difference. HOWEVER, my dedicated system costs, well... let’s just say more than this sound bar. So, pound for pound, it’s got the chops. On to the details: Vizio seems to have carefully crafted this setup and paid attention to the details. Because of that, what you get is a sound bar that handles a lot of the legwork that you get with other setups, especially dedicated theater systems. The wireless subwoofer allows for easy placement and brilliantly serves as the hub for the rear surround speakers as well further tidying up wires and setup. It also automatically detects and connects to the sound bar so it’s quite literally plug and play. Setup is so easy in fact, that I’m fairly certain that even those who aren’t familiar or comfortable with setting up a home theater system would have almost no issues. Wires for the rear speakers are color coded and are simple plug in connections so no wire stripping and prepping. For me, it took probably 15 minutes total to set up. Aesthetically, it’s quite handsome with a full fabric surround that gives it a very sophisticated look. Manual controls are located at the top of the bar and keep the look uncluttered and LED lights are hidden behind the fabric for an attractive look. Logos are kept to a minimum and are subtly placed at both ends of the sound bar. The subwoofer and rear surround speakers all have the same appearance for a tidy look. The included remote has a built in screen to indicate source selection, volume, speaker setup and EQ, etc. It works quite well though not having an on-screen menu might be problematic for some and it has no backlight. At the extreme, it might actually require you to pause your content and turn on a light or face it towards the TV in order to read it. Not ideal, but, again, at this price, it’s hard to feel like you’re not getting a fantastic value. Thankfully, even at this very reasonable price, Vizio has included everything you’ll need to connect not only a TV to your sound bar, but potentially several other AV sources such as a game console, computer, blu-ray player, etc. so you’re not stuck shelling out more money for cables and connectors. HDMI, optical, and analog cables are all included. If you’re wanting to take full advantage of 4K and HDR you’re good to go with HDCP 2.2 compatibility and with Chromecast built in, your options for content expand greatly. In short, it’s an incredible value for the price. If you are shopping the sound bar market and want everything that this sound bar has to offer, it’s going to be very difficult, if not impossible to find anything at this price point that won’t require a pretty significant sacrifice in some area.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    A Not So Smooth Start

    Posted
    Jacbo14
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    After spending quite a few hours with this soundbar system, my initial impressions are a bit of a mixed bag. First the good: Set-up was a breeze and everything connected, turned on, and started playing like a dream. The rear speakers each connect to the subwoofer via a single cable respectively, and the subwoofer gets connected to the outlet, making the subwoofer a receiver of sorts. This minimizes the number of cables you need to use and cuts down on running speaker wire to a separate receiver like with the rear speakers on my Samsung HW-N650. The cables are all very long, so you should have no trouble connecting them across distance if you need to. The soundbar connected via HDMI ARC just fine, and once power was sent to it, it paired with the subwoofer and rear speakers beautifully. The bar is pretty compact at only 36", and fits perfectly on my TV stand. The included remote is better than most, with a display that lets you adjust a lot of the system settings like EQ mode, night mode, surround levels, center channel levels, turning the height speakers on, off, or to virtual height channels, syncing the surround system, and even an info button which when pressed has the soundbar tell you what connection you are currently using and what sound technology is currently playing through the system (i.e. Dolby Digital+, Dolby Atmos, DTS, etc.). The system supports DTS: Virtual X and Dolby Atmos object based surround technologies, which is nice, and when Dolby Atmos activates, a green light appears on the soundbar for about 5 seconds, indicating that the sound system is running Dolby Atmos. Now for the mixed bag: The 5.1 surround quality of the soundbar is very good, sounding much wider than the bar and rear speakers would leave you to believe they are capable of. In playing the Amaze Atmos Demo, when the bird flies around you in 360 degrees, the transition between channels is seamless and the detail is superb and clear. You really feel like a bird is right there in the room with you. Likewise, bass is plentiful for the small subwoofer, and integrates very nicely with the system. It is not overpowering, but adds a nice rumble that you can feel when it is placed next to my couch. Overall the system is clear, plenty loud when you want it to be, fills the space, and does a commendable job of creating a convincing 5.1 surround experience. But... The key selling point on this system over a simple dedicated 5.1 system is the Atmos capabilities, and this is where the system falls on its face a bit. The worst offender in this respect is the fact that, in many cases, the system will either not play Atmos outright when it is sent an Atmos signal (both over HDMI In and HDMI ARC), or in many cases, it will play it in Atmos, but then transition out of Atmos a few seconds later and move to Dolby Digital+. Not only this, but it doesn't clearly inform you when it does this, so in order to check if the system is still playing Atmos, you need to manually head to the info button on the remote. I have found that if I stop the Atmos source, and then re-start it, I can often get the system to pick up the Atmos signal again and it will generally hold it, but not always. To do this though, I often have to be using HDMI IN, if I do from the TV to the bar over ARC then the system often just won't pick up the Atmos signal again. I have been reading on A/V forums that others are experiencing this same problem, so it doesn't look like at HDMI cable issue. For reference, I have the bar connected to an LG B7 OLED. When Atmos is working though, it is admittedly also a bit disappointing. For reference, my ceiling is only about 9-10 feet, and flat as flat can be, so it should be an ideal environment for the height effects to reflect off of. I am also seated directly in front of the bar the recommended distance away. For the good part, the bar provides a good front bubble of sound, with a nice depth to the soundstage (albeit not very wide but that is to be expected given there are no side-firing drivers), and with very clear distinctions between where objects are placed in the sound environment. However, the height effects that people commonly look for in Atmos content feel almost non-existent. Switching the height channels on and off does make it apparent that the height channels are doing some good work, in that the sound does get more flat with them off. But even so, with them on the verticality just isn't that apparent. You can tell there is a sense of vertical growth to the sound, like a front bubble of sound, but barely anything overhead. Occasionally I can hear something in the ceiling area above the TV, like when watching Deepwater Horizon, but it isn't clearly defined and almost sounds fuzzy. Likewise, the height effects never go overhead, and stay very front focused when they do appear. I am going to keep testing with a variety of sources and settings, and will update this review if my opinion changes, but as of now I would say that the atmos effects are definitely disappointing, and the atmos connectivity issues are just inexcusable given that it is a selling point of the system. Likewise, HDR passthrough has been hit and miss. It works most of the time, but other times it won't send the HDR signal through. This hasn't happened as frequently, but when it does it can be annoying. Finally, I haven't been able to get the bar to connect via the SmartCast App. I have a very fast internet connection, but I tried many times and the bar would not connect via SmartCast to my phone using WIFI or Bluetooth. It may be a problem on my end, but I never have trouble connecting my phone to anything else, so I think it might also be an issue with the bar's connection. SUMMARY: While the bar has very good overall sound quality and clarity, the lack of consistent Atmos connectivity, and Atmos height effects, really makes this hard to recommend. The Atmos effects at ear level are great, and the depth to the sound is very nicely reproduced, but it just never truly reaches that far into the room or that far overhead. If you are looking for an accurate Atmos-like experience, as of right now, I do not think you will find it here. If you are more interested in a strong 5.1 system, with some addition of height and width, and a very easy clutter-free set-up, then this soundbar might fit your tastes. For what it is selling however, it just doesn't follow through, making it tricky to recommend. I will be sure to update this review if my opinions change or if these problems are fixed before I decide to return the system. However, as of right now I cannot recommend this based on what it is marketed as.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      VIZIOEntertainmentExpert

      Hello Jacbo14, thank you for all of the feedback on your new Atmos sound bar. In regards to the Atmos losing signal and application not pairing please reach out to our customer support at 877-878-4946. We would love the opportunity to assist you with your product. Edit: Jacbo14, we have recently released a new firmware of 1.2.0.1 for this sound bar. This firmware should resolve the ARC and CEC functionality problems you have described. The firmware can be found at support.vizio.com with instructions on how to download install this firmware or you can use the check for update in the system menu on your VIZIO SmartCast application. Please let us know if you have any questions. VIZIO

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound, do your research on Dolby Atmos

    Posted
    MnstrMike
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    Excellent sound! Really shows how outdated my other soundbars are compared to the richness of the sound. The others are also 2.1 setups so there is that too and just meant to be better than the tv speakers. If purchasing solely for Dolby Atmos feature read below. This makes my 3rd Vizio soundbar since 2011 and they get better each time. This unit was on sale over the Black Friday weekend and at that price point was a steal! Even at full price it is worth the consideration. Out-of-the-box setup is quite easy. It does recommend not setting up a device to pass through the content before the initial paring of the sub/surround speakers has been completed; to which I followed. Styling is very sleek. Depending on the height of your tv, the soundbar should not block most IR receivers. I don't like soft touch covered speakers, they attract dust and hair and are harder to clean, but its the speaker standard, so not much to choose from. I love that mounts for the soundbar and satellite speakers have been included. They are simple wall pucks, and in my experience are the easiest ones to mount. The soundbar mounting points are also centered straight line across the back, unlike Samsung that feels its better to offset and make the mounting experience extremely difficult. My soundbar was bundled with Sanus speaker stands and while it is possible to use the stands, the plug style for the satellite speaker protrudes just enough that the speaker cannot be positioned perfectly in a vertical stance. I'm also not a fan of proprietary plugs, some good ol'speaker wire would be nice here. You definitely have enough wire to stretch the speakers out were you want them, just now for Dolby Atmos, the placement and distance is a bit more specific. The subwoofer for a 6" gives great deep sound. And the satellite speakers after adjusting the sound level output via the Vizio Smartcast app were even better. Dolby Atmos, while the idea is compelling, I'm not sure a soundbar with two satellite speakers can actually replicate it. As a 5.1 system it does a great job and as expected and wireless rear speakers have come a long way (they do draw power and sound from powered subwoofer). Wired is still better, but for a simple home theater setup, this does better than fine. Back to Dolby Atmos, more parlor tricks. If your ceiling is more than 12ft tall or shorter than 8ft and is vaulted, the trickery will not work to bounce the sound off the ceiling. My ceilings are of the typical 8ft-9ft flat variety and not popcorn finished, so it has a nice hard surface to bounce sound. When using content specifically designed to harness the Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 setup, it was very hard to distinguish the sound being bounced from the ceiling. Sound was definitely heard, but giving the 360 degree feeling of things coming from overhead never quite captivated the senses. As 5.1 it was fantastic. The Vizio 46" 5.1.4 may offer a better experience as the soundbar height speakers are isolated from the satellite speakers, so it may be able to project the sound better. I would say the 36" 5.1.2 gave more of a 7.1 affect than a Dolby Atmos affect, which again is not bad, just no so much as advertised. I have not had many experiences yet with other products of this type promoting Dolby Atmos, but from other product reviews and sites I can see that the technology at least at this point is really hard to replicate effect without actually running wires and installing speakers in the ceiling. Of which I am not opposed, but not really looking for the full theater setup yet. However, most of this point is moot simply because the access to Dolby Atmos content is very hard at this point. Netflix has options, Vudu, and good old 4K Blu-Ray's. If going the Vudu and Blu-Ray route Dolby Atmos is only packaged with the 4K content even though the sound profile is not dependent on the resolution content. Netflix, though will give access to the Dolby Atmos profile (for the content that has it) irrespective of the resolution content, but you do have to have the Ultra HD package to gain access to the extra feature and the source of accessing must also be able to access it ie. Xbox One S in my instance. I had to use the HDMI IN on the Soundbar for the audio to default. For Xbox One owners have I noticed that my Xbox won't always keep the audio settings set for Dolby Atmos. I have also noticed at times it does not like Dolby Digital Plus. I do feel most of these issues are with the Xbox, not Vizio soundbar. I have not extensively looked into Xbox issues yet. So if your heart is set on Dolby Atmos, I would say look elsewhere for the actual effect, and still be ready to be disappointed even by other manufacturers as the true setup requires ceiling mounted/installed speakers; anything other is just trying to mimic. If you just want a great 5.1 system, you're in for a treat! Inputs/Features: AUX, optical cable (I did find that my TV supported soundbar vol using this option too), HDMI ARC, Bluetooth, Chromecast Audio. Don't be fooled by that last one, I thought it had a Chromecast built-in, but in fact it is Chromecast Audio, which only works with casting sound from Apps like Pandora, Spotify, and Google Play Music, etc. It is way better than Bluetooth as it is a lossless format and doesn't require you to be near the soundbar as it uses WiFi. I have an Vizio soundbar in the garage with a Chromecast Audio dongle just for this purpose and it is great. Setting up the Chromecast Audio was litte more difficult than it should have been using the Vizio Smartcast App. The instructions no where linked the two, and it takes figuring out in the app. It took me a few times to get it to work, once simply because I thought it was supposed to cast Video, but also because it would not recognize my local network. I immediately scanned for firmware updates for the soundbar, however, I am not sure if it even did it, there was no confirmation that the system was up to date or that it was even checking. You will definitely want the app as its the only way to tweak the soundbar settings. It has a very limited equalizer setup: Music, Movie, Direct. My guess is the direct allows the TV equalizer to be used. Have not messed with it much in that regards. So far the only setting I tweaked was turning up the rear speakers as they were way to quiet at default setting and the soundbar overpowered the rear even though they were closer to my head. For those with older TV's especially LG, in the past it was a known issue that Vizio and LG did not play nicely. Case in point my 2011 LG 55" LED 3D TV using Optical cable (did not have ARC) would not work with a Vizio soundbar on that input; I don't remember the specifics, but it had to do with Vizio only supported one audio profile PCM, but it was different in some way that the LG sent the signal. Using 3.5mm worked fine, but was only stereo, not 2.1. That being said, I have had Samsung Soundbar hooked to that tv for some time and never had issues. I bring this up as I did encounter some sound issues when using the Vizio 36" 5.1.2 via optical cable on this same TV. It was a highly intermittent issue that happened a couple of times at best and seemed to stop or remedied by turning the soundbar off/on but nonetheless it happened. There has been a couple of instances where using the Xbox with the soundbar in HDMI ARC and HDMI in setup has had sound leveling issues. Slime Rancher game it was consistent through out. Using Netflix via Roku also had the issue. This happened using a 2012 Insignia LCD TV. I have also had this system hooked up to an Insignia 4K Amazon Fire TV and had no issues with sound at all. There is only one issue that I have been able to replicate and it lays solely with the Xbox One S. I still highly recommend the product, the issues thus far have been intermittent or mitigated by the setup choice and even then stem from 7 year old problems, so I don't feel like I can fault Vizio here. Seeing as my newest TV showed no issues in sound, I can only think its my older devices that are causing the issues. I cannot say that 100%, but its probably the case. Looking at upgrading the TV the soundbar is currently setup on to a Vizio come tax season. So i'll know then if where the issues lie. In the mean time I'm as pleased as 5.1 surround sound punch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    SO AWESOME!

    Posted
    CloneSN
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    I won’t bury the lead here in this review. This system is AWESOME! I’ll be honest; I wasn’t expecting the quality from this soundbar because of my only other experience with a Vizio soundbar at one of my best friend’s house a few years ago. He has a soundbar with a wireless sub to it as well but it sounded flat with no sound definition to it at all. After reading reviews on this system, however, I decided to take a chance. I’m so glad I did! First off, if you have a newer TV with ARC, this system will work perfectly for you. I have a 2018 55” Vizio 4K HDR E series TV, so I knew I wasn’t going to have any problems with my setup. I purchased some Sanus speaker stands to go along with my setup and unboxed everything. If you’re mildly knowledgeable in tech, you don’t even really need to read the manual to set up the system. The system is pretty self-explanatory. I elected on hardwiring the soundbar to my cable modem as to alleviate any potential loss of wireless signal, plugged the suppled HDMI cable to the top HDMI input on the soundbar (mine isn’t labeled as ARC, but the instruction manual points out that the top input is the ARC connection), then the other end into my ARC HDMI input into my TV. The satellite speakers have color coded inputs of blue and gray to help indicate which speaker is which so that all you have to do is plug one end of the RCAs into that and the corresponding colored input into the wireless subwoofer. Speaking of that, it’s already factory paired with your soundbar, so there’s literally nothing that you have to do in order to get it going aside from plugging the power cord into it, and plugging the satellite speakers and you’re good to go. Now, I don’t know about other reviewers I’ve read about and seen videos about when it comes to their speaker placements, but my sub is on the right of my TV, about 1.5 feet away from the wall, my soundbar is centered to the TV, and my surround speakers are approximately 2 feet away from my couch positioned at roughly 90° inwards towards the center (as Dolby, and various other companies/people suggest you set your speakers up). I should mention that the RCA cables are pretty lengthy (as I thought this would be a problem for me too because of my living room setup. No worries, they are about 28 feet long or longer.) The sound out of this thing is amazing! I don’t know what other reviewers are talking about with the muddled low tones out of the subwoofer because mine puts out perfect low tones. I already have the smartcast app on my phone with my TV and after just a bit of trial and error (probably on my end with my setup and everything), I was able to set up my soundbar by renaming it on my app and I was able to take control of calibrating it there too. I set my TV audio to auto detect the signal coming from the soundbar (that way it will properly decode it) and set my soundbar to “direct” so that way the sound will be distributed to each channel properly. Also, in case you’re wondering, I have my surround speakers, bass, and subwoofer levels all at 2 and everything else is at 0. It’s perfect! I don’t really mess with the different meanings of the LED indicator lights with the exception of the one that tells you what sound is coming out. Auburn indicated DTS, white indicated Dolby, and green indicated Dolby Atmos. Just as a side note, Sony PlayStation 4 DOES NOT put out Dolby Atmos sound, sadly. Some people on various threads claim they have gotten it to work, but I think that was on previous firmware versions because I decided to buy a brand new Rocketfish 4K HDMI cable that supports HDR (on the picture side of things), Dolby Atmos, and DTS:X on the audio side, and I plugged that into my PS4. My TV recognizes the CEC connection, and I have my sound setting on my system as “Bitstream (Dolby)”, and have even gone into making sure that the sound setting is “bitstream” on the options while playing Blu-Ray discs that have Atmos sound (I tried it on a few discs, Star Trek Beyond, Labyrinth, and Blade Runner 2049) and the sound that comes out is only Dolby Digital. Even though it is coming out as Dolby Digital, the soundbar upconverts the sound into Dolby Atmos and you still get the Atmos effect without having the true Atmos decoded. Same goes for DTS and DTS:X. I have a large library of titles in DTS sound and the one that I really took for a test drive was an old Buddy Rich DVD that I have, “The Channel One Suite”. This disc has two options, 4.0 Dolby Digital or 4.0 DTS Digital. I started off with the DTS sound and I was blown away. The way the sound is distributed, you are pretty much standing in front of Buddy as he’s playing his kit. His cymbals are to your left and right, and the band is playing from the left, center, and right channels and it just blends in so perfectly. It feels like you’re right in the middle of the room! Just for kicks, I switched the soundtracks during one of the songs to see the difference and Dolby Digital just sounded flat as a crepe and everything was coming out of the soundbar. Sometimes it works that way where things are just better in DTS rather than Dolby. This was one of them. I’ve also Chromecasted music from my Google Play Music library directly onto the soundbar and having the sound setting being defaulted to “music” instead of “direct” also blew my mind away. I’m in a band and we professionally recorded a live album a year and a half ago. Well, with that said, hearing back the music on this thing was incredible. The vocals were coming out of the center speakers, the crowd noise was coming out of the surround speakers as were some of my drums (actually it was the same feeling as the Buddy Rich DTS mix, with the feeling as if the band was set up in a circle and I was standing right in front of my own drumkit and my other self. LOL), and the bass and guitar were evenly distributed as well. The bass coming out of the subwoofer was PERFECT. Vizio really knocked it out of the park making a great music mix decoder! Just for kicks, I did check the sound coming out of “direct” and it was flat as it’s only really 2.0 stereo, so having the system decode and distribute the sound itself makes a world of difference. As far as true Dolby Atmos sound, I played the UHD version of Ready Player One I have on VUDU. It’s presented in HDR10 4K and Dolby Atmos sound. Without spoilers, the first 17 minutes of the film are the true test of just what this system can do. It sounds incredible! The true bubble of sound that washes all around you is just what anybody would want or expect from a thousand dollar or more system and if you get it on sale like I did, I paid less than half of that! I’m a Bose guy, personally, as I have a companion 5 set for my laptop, IE2’s for earbuds, and a Sounddock for my OG 30-pin iPod touch, but after this I’m quickly becoming a Vizio guy too. I mean, heck, I’m now on my 2nd Vizio TV and now with this Soundbar, I think I’m set for life. The only thing I’ll need now is for Sony to bust out a firmware update so that it decodes Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, or I’ll just go on and get a 4K Blu-Ray player that does decode those sound modes and go from there. Long story short, if you’re on the fence about buying this, jump off of it and BUY IT! It’s worth every penny! Keep up the awesome work, Vizio! You got a customer for life in me!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A good, affordable Dolby Atmos Soundbar

    Posted
    hahanson
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Coming in at half the price of most soundbars supporting Dolby Atmos, Vizio sets a new standard for value with its SB36512-F6 36" system. While you do give up some things, if you want to try Dolby Atmos it's a good, inexpensive way to try out the technology, and it's very easy to set up. At 36" the system is narrower than most, but still manages to deliver a full sound, aided by its physical satellite speakers -- some Atmos soundbars use processing instead of actual speakers for the surround channels. Unfortunately, at this price point you don't get the upward firing speakers for the rear, making it less precise then some of the more expensive solutions. The smallish 6" subwoofer produces good bass, and the upward speakers in the soundbar helps fill the room. Dialogue was nice and clear, and the positional audio was very immersive. Playing the Ultra HD version of John Wick, bullets don't just fly past you, they fly over you as well. During the fight scene at the end, the storm in which it took place sounded as if it were not only all around you, but above you as well. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity are standard, and there’s also an ethernet port. Source input options include 3.5mm analog, S/PDIF optical, USB, and HDMI in and out, with ARC (Audio Return Channel) support on the output so you can use your TV’s tuner and streaming features. You will also need a TV that supports ARC. Chromecast is also supported and makes a great addition. I was able to stream music from Chromecast-enabled audio apps on my smartphone using Spotify, Pandora, and iHeart Radio. The included remote offers a lot of function, however the display is quite annoying. It's small, and the contrast makes it difficult to read. Fortunately, you can download Vizio's SmartCast app for either Android or iOS and simply control it from your phone or tablet. You can even control your soundbar with Google Assistant. Overall, while I was skeptical a setup featuring a soundbar could produce decent Dolby Atmos output, Vizio's SB36512-F6 proved otherwise. It's simple to set up, doesn't take a lot of space, and for the price the audio it provided was impressive. If you want immersive sound, but are on a budget or don't have the room to install 8 individual speakers to create a Dolby Atmos setup, I wouldn't hesitate to go this route. You'll be surprised a soundbar of this size and price point can produce the quality audio experience it does -- you shouldn't be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Room filling sound

    Posted
    Mikey123

    First, setup is super easy. If you are unfamiliar with CEC and AnyNet+ functions on TV’s, just a quick read of the manual will let you know the correct settings for the TV. I’m using ARC and it is definitely better and more accurate than optical. Next, the sound is VERY GOOD! I have a 10x15 room and absolutely felt a sense of surround sound. I watched 5 movies last night, all of which I was familiar. As an example, in Equalizer, there were several scenes in the city and in the café where I hear cars that sounded like they were going from left to right and front to back. I also noticed that the height channels play a great role in filling the dead space and convey more of a movie experience than some other sound bars I have tried. The subwoofer is small, but shook the walls in my 10x15 room, again, not quite as accurate as the dual Pinnacle Baby Boomers I have in my dedicated system. I have a $5K dedicated system in my den area, which is much more accurate and places sounds much better, but for my office, I wanted a movie experience in a compact system that did not cost $5K. I also have the highly applauded Vizio 2.1 system that I really like as a daily driver. I would not call the 5.1.2 system a daily driver unless you are watching movies and sports all day. It is really overkill for that. But for movies, sports, series stuff, it is awesome. The system is less critical of speaker placement than dedicated systems also, which works well for rooms that have an odd shape or where speaker placement might not be symmetrical. The cables are PLENTY long. The only downsides for me are 1. Remote is still kind of weak for a $500 Sound bar. 2. I had to fidget with the TV settings for a while to get ARC to work correctly. The manual does not cover every setting for every TV, but is pretty good at telling you the correct areas to look. So, bottom line is, this is a great system for my 10x15 room. It’s not as accurate as my dedicated system, but it is 10x less expensive. I like this way better than another sound bar from a company that starts with “S” and their top 2.1 Atmos bar is in the $900 range. Kudos to Vizio.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Once again Vizio knocks it out of the park!

    Posted
    Phatkatcollections
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I have always been a fan of vizio products. I purchased my first vizio product back in 2006. It was a 50 inch plasma HDTV. I wanted something a bit larger and I sold it last year for 200 bucks on craigslist. Yes, 200 dollars. The TV worked just as good as the day I purchased it. Great quality, great aesthetics and of course a great value. So needless to say I have been a fan of Vizio products for awhile now. Vizio had seen my review on their standard 5.1 dolby digital sound bar I purchased with my 70 inch Vizio LED TV and wanted me to review their brand new Dolby Atmos soundbars. Needless to say I was excited. I ultimately settle on the vizio brand for my sound bar because quite frankly they provided the best performance and sound quality at a price point that frankly blows away the competition. If I have not made it clear already, when vizio contacted me and offered to send me their brand new dolby atmos sound bar in exchange for a review I was blown away; but not nearly as blow away as when I hooked it up and turned it on. Once again, vizio knocked it out of the park. Ok let start with the aesthetics. Upon opening the box it was very similar to last years model. Clean , sleek and subtle. One thing I want in a home theater solution these days is subtle. The clean black grill cloth wraps the entire bar and buttons. The end caps are made of a subtle but sleek aluminum with a vizio logo. The subwoofer took on a major change this year and I have to tell you I was sceptical. One thing that really set my previously purchased vizio sound bar appart was the deep bass that the sub produced. My other sound bar had a larger subwoofer and what appeared to be a much larger cabinet. This one was a smaller driver and a smaller enclosure. I have been building car audio systems for years and one thing I have learned with is tune low and have optimal enclosure volume. I was so sceptical as this enclosure is small and it only housed a 6 inch subwoofer. Well that is until I got her hooked up and turner her on. I was once again blown away. The bass is deep and rumbles. This small form factor subwoofer hits deeper then one of my other powered 8 inch 100 watt powered home subwoofers. The bass is deep and distortion free. I am always baffled how vizio does it as it doesn't make sense a sub this small can put out the sound it does. It honestly sounds like a 12 inch subwoofer and I am not exaggerating. Hook up is easy as well. It's a no brainer. Nice thing about vizio sound bars is when you match them with a vizio TV it's pretty much plug and play via HDMI ARC. The soundbar basically replaces your tv speakers and that's that. Vizio leaves no stone unturned with their accessories and instructions. Every wire you need is included. The manual is easy to read and understand. You want to wall mount your soundbar? No problem. They include a wall template that takes any mistakes out of the equation. No let's talk sound. Sound quality with vizio sound bars is just awesome. Clean, loud and deep all the way up to 102db. Bass is always deep and with authority. But what about the atmos? Well let me tell you about the atmos. The top two speakers bounce the sound off the ceiling no matter what your listening to. Even when not watching an atmos encoded movie, there is a noticeable fullness to the sound you did not get with the standard 5.1 system. You wont realize it until you compare them side by size. Long story short, this is the best soundbar you can get at around 499 dollars. Once again vizio has impressed me with this sound bar. I am sure this will not be the last time I am grinning ear to ear. Phatkat Collections.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Eh might return

    Posted
    Dirtbomb78
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I had been looking at this sound bar for a while and the other day it went down to $299.99 so was a definite buy. I knew going into it that I was not buying a $1,000.00+ Dolby Atmos soundbar and I was ok with it. I like the design of the bar and speakers, the set up was pretty easy. HDMI ARC to sound bar to start with. The problem came when I connected my XBOX X using the HDMI IN like I was told to. I downloaded the Dolby Atmos app for Xbox X that guides you through the set up. There are two settings on the Xbox that you change. I couldn't get the first step to work saying the receiver did not support Dolby Atmos until I went to the settings on my Samsung 4K and changed the audio to bitstream. Once I did that I could get passed the first step and was now able to select the Dolby Atmos option but then I got the same error saying it was not supported. I tried everything with all combinations of inputs and settings and couldn't get it to work. I read today that there is a new firmware which I thought I downloaded yesterday(had a pain of a time setting up the phone app) . I will see if the new firmware will fix the problem. I watched some Netflix and it sounded fine, I played Red Dead 2 and it seemed like the distant thunder was only coming from the sound bar and not the surround speakers like my old set up did. You can play around with the sound settings and levels but it pretty limited. I did play the Assassins Creed Origins demo from the Dolby Atmos app and the sound was awesome. I had to turn it down actually. I streamed some music and it didn't sound to bad. The main reason why I bought this was so I could get Dolby Atmos with my Xbox X and I can't get that to work. This would be updating my almost 10 year old Sony 5.1 that was great and still works fine so I'm a little up in the air if I should return it since I can't get the main feature to work. Hopefully I can come back and do an update in the next day or so if I decide to return I can with no hassle. P.S. I chatted with Vizio over the computer this morning briefly and I told them what was happening and they said that this is something they have never heard of but a quick search and you find a lot of people having the same problem and were told it's not the soundbar so.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      VIZIOEntertainmentExpert

      Hello Dirtbomb78, please contact our customer support at 844-254-8087 for assistance is getting your Atmos sound system working properly for you. VIZIO

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Surround Sound for Gamers!! and Movie(ers)

    Posted
    Abel
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    First off... Im a gamer, and married. I don't use headsets because I don't want to completely zone out when im at home ( and ignore my wife). So this Vizio set up solved all my problems. I can hear footsteps behind me, above me underneath and the sides. Clean Crisp sound. ( and it doesn't even have to be turned up loud! I recommend the bass be turned down a good bit as it is extremely deep. Im been missing out on that aspect of "hearing enemies" relying only on my vision. Great Sound! BASS is amazing. The sound bar works seamlessly with my Q8LED SAMSUNG tv and xbox one X setup. I have the xbox connected directly to the sound bar (its the only way im able to get the dobly ATMOS option on my xbox settings) AND I don't lose my 4k experience by not hooking HDMI(ing) directly to the TV. I recommend when you first set up your system you do the sound/speaker test option. I had a defect LR satellite speaker and tried forever to get it working. Thus I returned it and my second sound bar and speakers work great. did I mention the bass is off the wall good especially for the price? The sound is crisp and clear coming from all the speakers and soundbar. I will be purchasing the stands for the Rear Satellite speakers so they can be at ear level. This is a great system for someone looking for a good quality surround sound not having the money to drop thousands on a system. (which I do, but im new to this surround sound scene) the wires that hook up to the satellite speakers are very very long, but I bet they would come in handy for some peoples set up. just needed something to try and im glad I picked this set! Vizio, congrats my friends. Well done. ALSO, set up was extremely easy. Satellite speakers are color coordinated with the wires they use and so it the Sub Woofer. Remote does everything you need it to. black is sleek.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Atmos Sound Bar

    Posted
    MocpacX
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    1st... Do not do the update to the Firmware Version: 1.2.0.1, as other people here that turn off my speakers (SB worked but no sound) that can be Fixed. Hold "Power, +, -" . For 5 seconds le will blink, then wait for the led lights to go full bar and blink (will take 15 min), unplug the Sound bar, reconnect and go. After that mine do not take the CEC signal so I can use BT but not any port (HDMI, ARC, AUX or optical) ... Now it will be replaced by Vizio for a new one... This is the reason why 4 stars no 5. That been said, I'm replacing my Sony HT-5000 Atmos soundbar 7.1.2 for this one. Why? Rear speakers. the Sony HT5000 is good and is Powerful, but is 100% virtual surround sound and $1500 is a lot vs $500). Out of the Box connection is an easy plug and play process with the arc connection to my Vizio M65-D0 with Audio quest Sky HDMI cable. We try the Sound Bar with the Movie Sing, in 4k with Atmos sound (Before the update that Killed the system) . I have a 2yr old son, so my wife an I, already watched this movie over 100 times. Sound cover the whole room and the music sound great, I feel that was a better balance around the room and over head, voices were clear and you can feel the direction of the sound better. Also the Sub woofer (low levels) was good not overwhelming. My wife, noticed the difference right away, as soon as she walked in to the living room. I got stands for the rear speakers so the speakers are at the same level of our heads. Sadly I was not able to watch another movie after I pair the Sound bar with my Vizio Smart Cast app and update the firmware. After that I make 3 calls to Vizio Customer service; 1st Atmos sound Bars has an specific department and that department was close after 6 CST. 2nd Quick and great, she explain to me how to force the firmware update again (1st paragraph in my review) . 3rd 30 min to do a steps by step scripted process, to confirm that was not working to be able to order a replacement. Do I recommend the sound bar? YES, you will not get a Atmos sound bar (Not Virtual sound) for less that 1500.00. Also this sound bar can do Atmos and DTS:X. Even with the firmware problem is a great system. I have a full Atmos system in my Game Room 5.1.4 with in ceiling speakers but can't do that in my living room. I have a Marantz 6012 receiver and came defective so after I replace it everything was cool. This is a great option to have a similar experience in both rooms.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I brought the cinema home!

    Posted
    Audiooidua
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have been looking at Dolby Atmos sound bars for quite some time and have always been deterred by the price that came with it. When I saw the price of VIZIO’s new 36” Dolby Atmos sound bar, I could not pass up the deal. I have used VIZIO products before, in fact, the SB3851-C0 has been my main home theater sound system for a few years now. After setting up the new Dolby Atmos sound bar and testing it out with different Dolby Atmos content, I am blown away by the quality of sound! I am amazed at how the sound is able to move around my room and I am in awe of how much more immersive the experience is compared to my previous sound bar. The first movie that I watched with the new Dolby Atmos sound bar was Ready Player One and it was like bringing the AMC to my house! I also have used my new Dolby Atmos sound bar to listen to music and can say that it is a great option for personal listening or for entertaining a large party – this sound bar can get loud but is also one of the clearest sounding sound bars that I have ever heard at higher volume levels. Being able to stream my music over Wi-Fi is also a big win for me since I am already a Google Assistant user and can now control my sound bar with just my voice! I have been using this sound bar for a little over a week now and I have not found a single thing to complain about. The sound bar was very simple to set up and VIZIO even included all of the audio cables that I needed, right in the box. It only took me around 10 minutes to get the sound bar set up and have it streaming music from iHeartRadio. I am so happy that I purchased this sound bar and I would recommend it to anyone that is in the market for a Dolby Atmos sound bar. One of my friends has a Dolby Atmos sound bar from a different brand, which he paid over $1000 for, and he and I both agree that the VIZIO Dolby Atmos sound bar is the better option when it comes to sound quality and functionality. I would recommend this product to any customer that is looking for a Dolby Atmos sound bar. I will be buying another one as a gift for my parents.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good Dolby surround sound system

    Posted
    Nate
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I am up on Vizio. I've had this sound bar for about a month now and I am very happy with it. I paired it with my Vizio P65-F1 TV and it adds so much to the viewing experience. I'm coming from a 2.1 system so the added surround sound really blew me away. I'm a huge Sony fan and would have gone with a Sony system instead, but the pricing on this system was too good to pass up and given my love for my Vizio TV, I figured I'd give it a try and I'm glad I did. The sound is crisp and clear and the sub provides more than enough bass and it sounds great, not muddled or anything. Initial setup was easy, but I'm a stickler and just had to be sure I was getting Dolby Atmos sound and this took a bit of messing around with the settings and input connection; mostly on the xbox side of things. Nothing too hard and I don't mind tinkering around with this kind of stuff. The audio settings are very customizable and the Vizio app is a great wat to adjust the settings. Connected to my phone via Bluetooth very easily and music sounds great. Aesthetically, it looks good, but it'd look better if the side panels were black, not silver. I have the rear satellites mounted on some Atlantic speaker stands and the small size of the satellites and big headphone style jack connections required me to modify the speaker stands to get it to fit properly. Not an issue really, just something to be aware of. Now, as for the Atmos feature. I have a relatively small living room, a little bigger than 12x15 with an 8 ft ceiling. It could just be me, but I don't really notice sounds from above too often. It's not overwhelmingly obvious. A few times I feel completely engrossed by the sound all around but again, can't distinguish individual sounds coming from above. I've watched Baby Driver and Avengers Infinity War on 4k and they sound great, but I'm not hearing things happening directly above me. Given this, the overall sound is still so good, I've never thought once about returning this product. I'm happy and I'd recommend this to anyone in need of a surround sound system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Probably the best bar I've heard so far

    Posted
    nopking
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I'm going to preface this with that I got this provided free for a review on my blog (gadget site I'm not spamming,) so you'll probably distrust what follows. I'd advise you not to completely distrust and go and listen to it and make up your own mind. It's a really solid sound system. I've listened to more than I can count at CES the past few years and this really stood out. Here's my experience with it over the past 44 days connected to a VIZIO display (also tried on a TCL, no noticeable difference). Setup consisted of plugging things in. ARC was detected on the HDMI and it worked right off the bat. Had a couple of strange issues involving Chromecast audio and the bar disappearing that were solved by turning off the ECO mode. The issues may have just been amazing timing as they were unreproducible. So yeah, turn off ECO mode if weirdness happens, it all disappeared after that. As nothing on my display actually delivered Atmos I relied on USB and an XBox One S to push most of it. I didn't have a Shield so most of my media that had Atmos ended up getting copied and moved. Delivery is a little bit of a pain but that's not really the sound bar's fault. I had to tweak some settings in the VIZIO app in order to make things sound right. It was really good out of the box but the effect was a bit off. Probably due to trying it in a smaller room. Side note, the smaller room sounded about the width of a theater with this. Your standard Atmos media tests sound incredible.The height however doesn't feel quite right. I think at this point that's the only feeling I have that's not gushing with joy, and is probably due to the ceiling height where I'm using it not being ideal. I'll see, planning on moving this to a different room shortly. I got this about a month before release and had some time to go listen to several consumer Atmos setups for comparison. I was expecting the price range to be about 700-900 and was, well, wowwed would be overselling it, but I was a bit impressed at the starting price range. Sort of wowwed. Like low scale wowwed. It's ridiculously reasonable. It's not the best Atmos setup you'll find, and it's not the least expensive sound bar out there, but I think it's the best consumer level Atmos sound bar out there with the close competition being more than double the price. It does what I want and does it in a good profile for my media room and it sounds incredible. That said, once again I got this for free, my setup and room size are most likely different than yours.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So Impressed. Baffled by the quality.

    Posted
    MattyD
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Before we even start, to give perspective, I returned the LG Dolby Atmos bar last week. Realizing that it would have taken another set of pricey rear speakers to even come close to what I desired, I decided I was spending way too much to bring the Atmos sound into my bedroom. I have a dedicated Atmos sound system in the living room. 7 speakers and 1500 dollars have created a stunning 360 experience. When I go into my bedroom at night and watch a movie there, it can be a tad depressing. I wanted a simple, low cost solution that gave me a similar experience and couldn’t find one. Everything was either ridiculously over priced or in the case of LG, didn’t create Atmos. So I decided to give the 500 dollar one from Vizio a go. Got it open box at Best Buy and payed about 350. What the heck is the black magic? The sound is absurdly impressive for that cost. Does it match the experience of my living room? No, of course not. But man, does it come pretty close. The overhead is where we lose a bit of the Atmos shock. When a ship flies over, or spidey fires a web above you, it’s not the same magic from a dedicated system. But, it IS still there. The fact that I’m getting any effect at all from two drivers in front is astonishing. What’s really there, is the atmospheric effect. Go ahead, turn on Our Earth on Netflix and you’ll see what I’m talking about. The distant bird calls, above and to the left. The delicate subtleties in the crashing waves that go far beyond what surround sound is built to deliver. Set up was incredibly easy with my LG OLED. Took me about 20 minutes. Wires hide nicely behind my bed. It’s a fantastic second room solution. Should this be your dedicated atmos solution? Eh. Maybe not. If you’re a audiophile, do your research and set up an actual system. If you don’t care and want an experience that comes pretty close, this is the safest bet. And, it’s the cheapest.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Faulty HDMI Arc port, dead within 24hrs do not buy

    Posted
    Steve
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    So I'll get the good out of the way first. - Atmos on a budget - Attractive and easy to setup (when it works) - Sound quality is quite good (when it works). - Bestbuy same day delivery was insanely convenient. Okay now to all the faults. Within 24hrs of installing the HDMI arc port completely failed. We have a 2018 Vizio P65-F1 and things worked well for the first few hours. After a few sessions the soundbar failed to respond completely. I spent the next 2+ hours with vizio tech support. The first woman was somewhat rude, the second guy was much more helpful but made us walk through an extensive and extremely overkill checklist to see if the soundbar was setup correctly. Pretty much the next 2+ hours was spent plugging, unplugging, resetting, trying different connection methods, plugging it into another tv etc. Essentially it's a really crappy process. After the fault was detected and confirmed, we had to wait another hour for a callback to setup a replacement. At this point we were completely exhausted and any brand reputation that vizio had builtup with us was gone through the window. So here is process for a replacement, Vizio puts a $350 hold on your credit card, then sends a unit which takes 10-12 days, and then you have to package and return the faulty unit to them. Pretty much it's a huge hassle. We've decided to order a second set on best buy and return this one, and are hoping that best buy will be able to honor a replacement for such a poorly built product. Also it should be noted that if you have a 2018 vizio tv netflix and amazon apps that are native to the tv DO NOT support atmos. The only vizio app that supports it is Vudu. They do not plan update netflix to support atmos according to their twitter.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      VIZIOEntertainmentExpert

      Hello Steve, thank you for the feedback it is appreciated. If you have any questions when setting up your new sound bar please contact our customer support at 844-254-8087. VIZIO

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    High Value Atmos System

    Posted
    Realmej
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    My previous Atmos sound bar sounded awesome with room filling bass. However, the Atmos experience it provided was undermined by its lack of rear/ satellite speakers. Hence, my reason for getting this vizio soundbar. For the price, this system performed well beyond my expectation. Out of the box, the speakers were well balanced and in tune with the treble / bass from the sub-woofer. I tested with Dolby access Everest movie storm clip on my LG OLED. My cat was a little uneasy, constantly looking around, probably thinking the storm from the clip is way too real and close for comfort. Yes, the sound bar does produce life like, 360 and room filling sound. I will suggest sticking to the layout recommended by Vizio. I had mine this way, except, I moved the sub-woofer behind -instead of to the side of - my couch . Because of how close it was, I had to tune it down sometimes on some clips with heavy bass. I would have given it a 4.5, if not for the fact that, unlike the damson s-series, the surround speakers are wired to the sub-woofer. This requires that sub-woofer has to be behind, close to the rear speakers. I had no issues with this, but it will be disappointing for those who like their sub-woofer at the front, close to their TV. In addition, there is the little effort needed to manage the cables connecting the surround speakers to the sub-woofer. A 5ft floor plastic cover from a hardware store did the job for me. I had issues initially with no sound coming from the system whenever i switch inputs to my apple 4k tv. This got resolved after I connected the system to WI-FI, and updated to the latest firmware. I did hear some diffused overhead plane / helicopter sound from behind me on some Jack Ryan scenes. However, if you are expecting an amazing Atmos height experience, you may be disappointed. There may be some out there, but I have yet to see any Atmos setup that delivers on height like ones with dedicated ceiling speakers. In conclusion, if you need a budget living room soundbar that gives an above par Atmos experience, go for this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Overall an okay purchase for first time soundbar.

    Posted
    JoseAlfredo
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I want to start off this review by saying, I have been a fan of Vizio for about 5 years now. I would consider myself to be a tech freak and what I mean by that is, I am constantly upgrading my TVs, soundbars, electronics, ect. When I came across this soundbar I was inspired to buy it after reading all of the great reviews on it. I read about everything from the Atmos surround feature, to the quality when it came to watching movies vs listening to music on it. That being said, this audio system will suit your movie/tv watching needs very fairly. I paired it up with my 70” Vizio 4K TV & watched a few movies that supported 5.1 surround sound. As mentioned in some reviews, you can indeed hear the helicopter flying around or the birds chirping from left to right. As far as bass went, again if you are planning to use it for watching movies/TV only, it will do just fine. It will NOT blow your expectations out of this world, but it will do just fine. My issue began when I started to stream music via Spotify or YouTube. I am picky when it comes to music streaming because I like to listen to music very loud, and THIS is where the Vizio 5.1.2 Atmos falls short. At low volumes it sounds okay, but once you get passed half volume, the sound starts to get muggy, cheap & uneven. What I mean by that is #1 the bass just plain out dies at high volumes for music. The mids are not there & the highs seem to lag. Everything just sounds uncoordinated. Again, for some people who only want this system for watching movies, this would not affect you. As far as set up & visual looks, it was very easy to set up, the sound bar and speakers have a fairly “new” updated look to them. Perhaps my expectations were set a bit to high but for a $500+ soundbar system I believe this falls just a bit short. Currently returned to the store & exchanged it for the Polk sb1. Let’s see how this goes!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      VIZIOEntertainmentExpert

      Hello JoseAlfredo, thank you for your feedback it is appreciated. There are individual settings in the sound bar for Bass, treble, center, Volume leveling and surround quality that may have assisted you in find a more acceptable audio quality for your music listening needs. VIZIO

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Sound Bar LED'S Turn On With TV But No Sound

    Posted
    Woof
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    To get my Vizio atmos 5.1.2 sound bar to work with my LG OLED65B7A 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV 2017 Model, I have to take the wall plug out and re-plug it in to the wall socket to reset the sound bar , then hit the on and off button on the bar (which is almost impossible to see) then tap the plus volume button to get the sound to work with ARC HDMI cable plugged in. Vizio does not ship a flashlight with the remote to view the led display which is virtually impossible to see at night with out an external light. I received this Sound bar direct from Vizio and had to send it back. Vizio is sending a replacement. Between sending and receiving a new one, I will have to wait 3 weeks to receive another one. I am just hoping that the first one was defective and not a design flaw. I will let you know how the second one tests out when I receive it. The good news: When I was able to hear the sound, it was very good , I think anyone who receives one that actually works without having to plug it in every time to hear the sound, will surly like it. But for now , I cant recommend it

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      VIZIOEntertainmentExpert

      Hello Woof, please ensure that your sound bar is up to date as we have enabled firmware to resolve a few behaviors with the sound bar system. If your sound bar is up to date please contact our customer support at 844-254-8087 for assistance. VIZIO

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great replacement system

    Posted
    JKhan
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    This system replaced a Yamaha 7.1 surround sound bar and dedicated sub in the living room. So far, it has been all positive, with one small exception. That exception was the set-up. The cast app was buggy. While setting up, it would give error messages about wifi connection and renaming. I ultimately had to go through Google Home to get everything sorted. Being that you only have to do this once, not a big deal. The sound produced is stunning for a unit this size. The bar itself is smaller than my last, but produces much stronger/precise audio. I tried it on video games and a few Atmos encoded movies...new dimension of sound. The major kudos comes with the aesthetics. Very minimal. I'm estatic that wireless audio has come so far. One thing my wife hated about surround sound systems was the wiring. With this system, it's all just about hidden. The rears connect to the sub and there is no latency. Excellent. The Google integration is a great bonus, and it works just as well as an actual Google device. Now, I can move my other Home speaker to replace a mini. I will add that the multi-led notification panel has a bit of a learning curve. But like anything, with more usage, I'm sure it will come with time. While I continue to push for the ULTIMATE SUPER DUPER SOUND SYSTEM a ways down the path, this will do more than fine in the meantime. Definitely recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Stopped working, terrible subwoofer

    Posted
    Jweav16
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    So I bought this because I wanted the Dolby tech. I set it up as it says in the instructions and everything was working. Once it was working I set everything up so I can use my Xbox one x to get the Atmos sound. I set everything up with the hdmi arc inputs and it worked. I watched a couple of movies with Atmos sound and played some games. Did notice the subwoofer has a very week annoying noise when there are little thumping bass sounds happening, like when people are talking it’s a little noise coming from the subwoofer that sounds like it’s not working. After a day and a half, my tv showed a message saying hdmi input 1, my hdmi arc input on my tv, had changed its name. I then had no audio or video when my Xbox was on. I tried everything myself, then spent 3 hours on the phone with vizio themselves. The lady had me reboot and reset the sound at multiple times. She verified with someone else that my setup was correct in order to use the Dolby sound with my Xbox. So she finally told me they were going to send me a new soundbar. But that is a joke too. Either they send you a box, then you send the old soundbar back, they then send you a new one so you have no soundbar for weeks, or they place a hold on your credit card while they send you a new soundbar and then you have to send the old one back. I’m not sure that even if the new soundbar works I’m gonna keep this. The uneven sound from the subwoofer is very annoying. It makes watching most tv shows very distracting.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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