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VIZIO - 3.0-Channel Soundbar with Digital Amplifier - Black

Fill your home theater with glorious sound for everything from sporting events to movies with this VIZIO SmartCast sound bar. This versatile unit is wall mountable, or you can place it on a table, letting you set up your system to your specs. Dolby Digital technology on this VIZIO SmartCast sound bar ensures beautiful reproduction.
$149.99
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    Overview

    What's Included


    • 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable
    • Digital optical cable, HDMI cable
    • Owner's manual
    • Power cable
    • Remote control (with 2 x AAA batteries)
    • Stereo RCA to 3.5mm audio cable
    • VIZIO 3.0-Channel Soundbar with Digital Amplifier
    • Wall mount brackets (2 pcs)
    • Wall mount screws (2 pcs)
    • Wall mount template

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    85% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (337 out of 400)

    Features


    Five-speaker enclosure

    Features five drivers to deliver a movie theater experience in your own home.

    Dolby Digital decoder

    Reproduces multichannel audio to deliver a cinematic audio experience.

    Bluetooth music streaming

    Makes it easy to enjoy tracks stored on a compatible Bluetooth-enabled device (not included).

    Volume control

    Lets you find a comfortable listening level.

    Sleek appearance

    Fits seamlessly along most HDTVs for a streamlined look.

    Inputs

    Includes 1 x 3.5mm analog audio, 1 x optical digital audio, 1 x HDMI, 1 x USB and 1 x Ethernet.

    Outputs

    Includes 1 x HDMI and 1 x subwoofer.

    Remote

    Enables simple operation from a distance.

    Wall-mountable design

    For versatile placement options.

    70Hz - 20kHz frequency response

    Ensures a wide range of accurately reproduced sound.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 400 reviews

    85%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Affordable with nice features

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

      After extensive researching value and features and testing soundbars at the store, I believe this one is a great buy. At the store, the Vizio soundbars provided the more/ better spacial / stereo separation sound. There is another Vizio soundbar 2.0 that comes with the wireless subwoofer but does not have HDMI input so, despite having a good sound an value, when playing blu-rays it won't be able to handle as better as other soundbars with HDMI (ARC). Now, this 3.0 soundbar DOES HAVE HDMI (ARC) Input, which makes the connection to your Tv a breeze and is future proof to handle all sound features from modern movies, versus the 2.0 soundbar with only optical. The other reason I got it is because had an extra center channel for voice and a Subwoofer connection in the back, so you can add one later on, which is what I did. I bought the POLK 10" Subwoofer for only $99 from Bestbuy, normally sells for $199, so I recommend keep looking on the website and get it as soon as goes on sale. Don't trust Bestbuy sales associates, at first they told me I was not going to able to add an active sub to my soundbar which turned out to be untrue. If you can buy this sound bar for $99 and the sub for another $99 which I did, I believe will be a great deal. Now, I need to clarify that I am aware the sub is super big for this soundbar, but the way I see it, I can always, later on, get a better soundbar or better, more powerful speakers to go with this HUGE subwoofer, but for now, both products make my bedroom shake. The Subwoofer is so powerful I had to lower its input, but despite that, both, the soundbar and sub complement each other very well. PLEASEEEE......Be aware Bestbuy sells 2 models of the Vizio 3.0 soundbar, one with 5 speakers which is this one and one with only 3 speakers, obviously get the one with 5. Read the description on the website. My only issue with the soundbar is the difficulty of pairing via Bluetooth with my iPhone 7. But if you use Spotify, you won't have any problem casting your signal to the bar.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Surprisingly bad from Vizio

      Posted
      PaulB
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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I have bought many Vizio products and never had any issues except with this hunk of trash! I hooked this up via optical cable and after the first 3 weeks the audio began going out of sync. No big deal, I just adjusted the A/V sync as needed. Eventually it got to the point that I had to adjust the A/V delay every time it went to commercial! This was the first call to Vizio. I went through some outlandish troubleshooting steps like unplug the unit and hold the power button. Eventually I got it all back in sync by hooking it up through HDMI. A week later it started all over again. This time I went to forums and found the vizio app. Downloaded it and made some adjustments including a firmware update. Started working again, and then you guessed it, after a week the audio went out of sync. I called Vizio again and went through some more outlandish troubleshooting steps. This time when it got all set back to normal I was told that if it happened again Vizio would RMA the unit. It worked for nearly a month, this time the audio went out of sync and when I tried some of the trouble shooting steps I knew the unit stopped working completely! No sound, no control over the device with the remote or the buttons on the unit and the LED's just kept lighting up from bottom to top and back to the bottom over and over. So I called Vizio support and they suggested that I try hooking it up via optical. I said I originally did and Vizio told me to do HD I. Then they said they wanted to do more trouble shooting si I said no, I was told last time any more issues and the unit would be replaced. My account was also noted with this statement. The agent put me on hold and came back several times suggesting troubleshooting syeps finally I said I would try it. Was told to hold down the input and Bluetooth buttons for 10 seconds, I held it down for 30 seconds and nothing happened. Then they said hold down the input and volume up button for 10 seconds. After holding it down for 30 seconds and it finally started working. I said that was great but I still wanted to do an RMA, I was told no. The tech, who wasn't even on the phone, said I put the unit in "demo" mode somehow by holding down the power and volume down button, one if the many solutions Vizio offered. I asked how does that affect the original problem with the A/V sync she said it didn't. I said I wanted the RMA anyway and was told Vizio would last time I called. She again said no because it was user error not a defective unit. So the moral of the story is don't buy this soundbar, it is a piece of crap. I've had a 29" Vizio sound bar that has worked great for over a year. This is the absolute Last item I'll ever buy from Vizio, hope it was worth it for them to stick me with a steaming pile of crap.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Upgrade Over TV Speakers

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

      I'm one of the many people with bad TV speakers that made dialogue impossible to listen too without action scenes being explosively loud. This soundbar fixes that issue, and sounds great (for the price) in the process. I'm not going to say it's the greatest aural experience of all time, but it's price-performance ratio is still fantastic. It's feature rich, has the right amount of settings/input options to suit your needs, and the bass is surprisingly punchy for how compact the unit is. Most importantly, it allows you to boost the center channel, which is where dialogue has lived and died in cheap home theater setups for decades. I also recommend using the truvolume feature, as it helps to normalize audio levels even further without degrading performance. Also, this soundbar is perfect for condos/apartments. I live in a condo, and it's perfect for night viewing without upsetting the neighbors. There's a nightmode that turns off bass completely, but I don't think it's really necessary. You can adjust the bass yourself depending on the situation. I've found -6 bass to be acceptable for night viewing. My only issue is that setup is a bit of a pain, but once it is you can forget the thing is even there. Tip:use the HDMI in on the soundbar to plug in your devices. My Roku stick was having issues picking the right audio settings when plugged into my TV, and plugging it directly into the soundbar fixed that. This only applies if you are using HDMI arc. Tip 2: the smartcast app is the best method for setting up, controlling, and adjusting settings on the soundbar. The remote works fine, but the app lays things out better.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Some good, some bad

      Posted
      GROVER

      I bought this Vizio sound bar to replace my older 2.0 Vizio S3820w-C0 sound bar from 2013 which I was very pleased with. I just felt like it was time for an updated model and was interested in the 3.0 speaker configuration (I'm not a big fan of having a separate subwoofer, too much thump). While the SB3630-E6 definitely is an improvement in regards to TV/Movie dialogue/voices, it doesn't come without some faults. The bass on this model is a bit muddy and can be too powerful. My entertainment center table would rumble and vibrate from certain frequencies. While turning down the bass setting below the center default helped with the vibrations, it made the sound bar sound deflated and empty. I ended up buying some quarter inch thick vibration dampening isolation foam pads to place under each end of the sound bar to stop my entertainment center table from rumbling and vibrating, something I never had to do with my older Vizio sound bar. The 3.0 speaker system has mixed results when it comes to playing and listening to music. Some songs and albums in my collection sounded great, others sound just sounded weird. The sound bar has two EQ presets, Music and Movie, and I prefer the Music preset for all applications (TV, Movies, Music) but the bar could really have benefited from a 5 or 7 band graphic equalizer. It's a good sound bar for the money, but not great.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Suits Our Purposes Well

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

      This was for a relatively small living room. The goal was to find an unobtrusive means of improving our television's sound, especially in connection with spoken dialogue. Hence the appeal of a *three*-channel soundbar *without* a bulky subwoofer. (This model has an input jack which allows you to add a subwoofer if you wish.) The sound from the television now has significantly greater depth, like a stereo system, and spoken dialogue is clearer, crisper, and more prominent in comparison with background sounds or background music. Set-up was really quite simple. We were unable to use the HDMI connection, however -- despite having an HDTV. Our television is too "old." Since it's a pre-2014 model, it predates the HDMI ARC technology required for the HDMI connection. So we had to use the digital optical connection instead. Conveniently, the wires for all television connection options are included with the unit. All in all, we're quite pleased -- so much so that I would consider a soundbar (two-channel, of course) which, like this one, has a 3.5 mm stereo auxiliary input jack as an alternative to a boombox or stereo shelf system for a small bedroom. (This unit also features a wireless Bluetooth connection.)

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Many glitches

      Posted
      Gils
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      This one did not work for me at all with my new LG UHD TV. Bought it for a bedroom TV so doesn't need big sound, and the price was attractive on Black Friday (around 30% off list price) but trouble started right away: the speaker would lose the center channel randomly, lose sync with the TV or the volume level would change so some channels were too quiet and some were very loud. Tried to use both HDMI connection and optical and in both ways it just didn't work. I have two other sound bars at home that have been working great, one with a 4 years old LG HD tv and one with a new Samsung UHD tv. I had to return this one and got a Samsung soundbar and it's working great with the same TV that the Visio didn't work with. I might got a defective unit but since I don't have any way to know, I'd say stay off this one.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Sound and Connectivity

      Posted
      Rogue
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      Bought this for my mom. She can now hear all her shows, even on low volume, as the sound is so clear. Paired her iPad and iPhone via Bluetooth and it was simple enough for her to stream from both devices. Vizio 3.0 has a good one with this design. Of super importance is the ability to adjust the levels of the center channel independent of side (stereo) speakers. This is why dialog volume can be raised while ambient sound stays lower. This is a quality I love on my $5000 system, and got it for my mom at a fraction of that price. Great design and customization with as good of sound or better than many sound bars.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Decent at best....

      Posted
      n0rm
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      Decent sound at best, have to boost center channel to hear dialog, which throws off the tonal balance. I paired with a BIC 10" and couldn't get the sound straight. It didn't help that the volume buttons would freeze once in a while and had to do a hard reset. Bought the Yamaha YAS107 and never looked back. Pros: 3 channel, subwoofer output allows flexibility to add a better sub than other soundbars come with, hdmi in/out. Comes with all the cables. Cons: Had to reset at least 3 times in a week due to volume buttons not working on remote or unit itself, hdmi isn't 4K compatible, sub out preamp has high levels of distortion.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend




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