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The 4 Best Vizio Soundbars of 2022 Reviews

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Best Vizio Soundbars

We've currently tested 16 Vizio soundbars. The brand makes a wide variety of soundbars with a good price-to-performance ratio. Their products often don't look or feel as premium as models from competing brands; however, you still usually get a good amount of features, like sound customization options, different wireless playback options, and even Atmos support. While their soundbars tend to sound well-balanced, some models handle stereo dynamics better than others. That said, they still tend to provide good value for the price. Below, you'll find the best Vizio soundbars we've tested.

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Best Vizio Soundbars


  1. Best Vizio Soundbar

    The best Vizio sound bar we've tested is the Vizio Elevate. This 5.1.4 setup offers a unique design with sides that automatically rotate upwards when you watch Dolby Atmos or DTS:X content, which helps create a wide, focused soundstage to immerse you in your audio. It's impressively well-built, with a slightly bass-heavy default sound profile that adds extra thump and punch to your mix. Dialogue in your favorite movies reproduces clearly, and you can feel the action in intense scenes and exciting movie scores. When you listen to surround sound content, the two satellites help create a more immersive listening experience. For example, cars in a chase scene seem to race past you from an accurate, pinpoint location that makes it feel like you're in the middle of the action.

    Unfortunately, this soundbar doesn't come with as many sound enhancement features as other premium models on the market. There's no room correction feature, so it sounds different depending on the room you use it in, and there's no graphic EQ, which is disappointing if you want more control over its sound profile. That said, its bass and treble adjustments are still suitable for creating a more neutral sound if you prefer.

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  2. Best Vizio Soundbar Under $500

    If you're looking for a soundbar for under $500, check out the Vizio M Series M512a-H6. Though it doesn't offer rotating sides like the Vizio Elevate, this 5.1.2 setup is a more affordable alternative with a very versatile performance overall. Right out-of-the-box, it offers a neutral sound profile that reproduces dialogue in your favorite movies clearly and with detail. Thanks to its dedicated subwoofer, it has an extended, punchy bass reproduction, so you really feel the rumble in action-packed scenes, and it also gets pretty loud. There are bass and treble adjustments, as well as some EQ presets to customize its sound. It comes with two satellite speakers to help create an immersive listening experience with surround sound.

    However, this soundbar only has two up-firing speakers compared to the Elevate's four, and its performance with Dolby Atmos content isn't quite as impressive. There's no room correction feature, either, and you can only stream audio to the bar wirelessly over Bluetooth, which is a bit limiting compared to the Elevate. That said, if you're on a budget, it's still a solid pick.

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  3. Best Budget Vizio Soundbar

    If you're on an even tighter budget, consider the Vizio V Series V51-H6. This 5.1 setup comes with a dedicated subwoofer and two satellite speakers. Its default sound profile is very neutral and balanced, especially in the mid-range, so voices in movies and TV shows are clear and accurate in the mix. There's a touch of extra boom in the bass range, too, so you feel the excitement in action-packed scenes. It has a similar selection of sound enhancement features when compared to other Vizio models; you can choose between bass and treble adjustments as well as EQ presets if you want to change up its sound.

    However, this budget-friendly model lacks a lot of more premium features. There's no support for Dolby Atmos or DTS:X content, which is pretty disappointing for movie lovers. While its soundstage performance is decent overall, it doesn't seem as wide as the soundstage for the Vizio Elevate or the Vizio M Series M512a-H6. As a result, you don't feel as immersed in your favorite movies. That said, it's still a decent choice for surround sound, and this soundbar ranks among the best budget soundbars we've tested.

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  4. Best 2.1 Vizio Soundbar

    The best Vizio sound bar with a 2.1 setup that we've tested is the Vizio V Series V21-H8. Compared to a 5.1 setup, a 2.1 soundbar only has two channels: left and right stereo. As a result, this soundbar is ideal for listening to stereo content like music and TV shows. Out-of-the-box, it has a bass-heavy sound profile that accentuates the thump and punch in your audio, making it ideal for listening to bass-heavy genres like EDM. If you prefer a more neutral sound, you can always set its bass adjustment feature accordingly. Vocals and lead instruments still clearly and accurately reproduce, thanks to the neutral, balanced mid-range. Like other Vizio models, you can also find EQ presets and a treble adjustment feature to help customize its sound even further.

    Since this bar lacks a discrete center channel, voices aren't as accurately localized within the soundstage. There aren't any surround channels, either, so the bar has to downmix this content into stereo to play it. Unfortunately, the result isn't quite as immersive-sounding as 5.1 setups with discrete surrounds like the Vizio Elevate and the Vizio V Series V51-H6. There's no Atmos support, either. If you're only looking for a bar to enhance your listening experience with stereo content like music and TV shows, it's still a solid pick.

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Compared to other brands


  • Generally good value for the price. Vizio is well-known for delivering the latest technology at a reasonable price, and their soundbars are no exception. The brand makes some of the best 5.1 soundbars we've tested, especially for the price.
  • Balanced sound signature. All of the Vizio soundbars we've tested sound well-balanced. Their 5.1 models produce a very good amount of thump and rumble without drowning out voices or sound effects in the higher frequencies. Their 2.0 models sound brighter since they lack bass, but they still produce a fairly neutral and even response in the mid and treble ranges for a reasonably well-balanced sound profile overall.
  • Build quality not quite on par with more premium brands. Although this shouldn't come as too much of a surprise given the pricing of most Vizio soundbars, it's still worth noting that even their pricier options don't look as well-built as competing models from other brands. On the upside, Vizio's cheaper models do feel better built than what some budget brands provide.
  • Inconsistent stereo dynamics performance. While some of Vizio's soundbars can get plenty loud without much compression, other models tend to compress at higher volumes or simply don't get very loud at all. There doesn't seem to be a correlation between price and performance with stereo dynamics, either. This inconsistency isn't ideal since it makes it hard to know whether or not you can expect good dynamics from future releases.

Vizio makes a ton of different soundbars at various price points. In general, they provide pretty good value for the price, especially if you find an older model on sale. Other popular brands like LG or Samsung tend to follow a pretty tight yearly release schedule, discontinuing prior years' models not long after the new ones come out. However, Vizio is a bit more like Sony in that their soundbars tend to stay on the market for longer. It's not uncommon to see models that are two or even three years old that are still available for purchase. It makes it possible to find some really good deals, especially on models that are soon to be discontinued. While their products tend to look and feel cheaper than competing models from other brands, it's a pretty minor sacrifice for the solid performance you generally get in exchange.

Lineup

Vizio's naming strategy hasn't changed much since they launched their first soundbar, the VSB210WS, in 2009. They use a combination of letters and numbers to designate the soundbar's size and number of channels. They also add a letter at the end to indicate the release year, starting with the letter 'A' in 2012. 'B' covers both 2013 and 2014, while 'C' is used for 2015, 'D' for 2016, and so forth up to 'J' for 2021.

For example:

  • The SB36512-F6 is a 36 inch soundbar with 5.1.2 channels, released in 2018.
  • The SB3820-C6 is a 38 inch soundbar with 2.0 channels, released in 2015.
  • The SB2020n-G6 is a 20 inch soundbar with 2.0 channels, released in 2019.

Recent Updates

  1. Mar 10, 2022: No changes in picks after verifying their accuracy and availability. Minor updates to the text for clarity.

  2. Dec 10, 2021: Replaced the Vizio M Series M51a-H6 with the Vizio M Series M512a-H6 as 'Best Under $500'.

  3. Aug 12, 2021: Added the Vizio V Series V21-H8 as 'Best 2.1'. Minor updates to the text for accuracy.

  4. Apr 14, 2021: Replaced the Vizio SB36512-F6 with the Vizio Elevate as 'Best'. Added the Vizio M Series M51a-H6 as 'Best Under $500'. Replaced the Vizio SB2020n-G6 with the Vizio V Series V51-H6 as 'Best Budget'.

Conclusion

Vizio is best-known for their competitively-priced TVs, and their soundbar division follows suit. They have a wide range of different soundbar models at various price points to satisfy all different kinds of users. Most of their products provide very good value for the price, and their soundbars are no exception. It's possible to find surprisingly fully-featured models at a relatively low price point, especially when there's a sale. However, their products usually don't look or feel very high-end. That said, if you're not picky about build quality, then Vizio soundbars are worth considering.

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