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The 3 Best Vizio Soundbars of 2020 Reviews

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Best Vizio Soundbars

We've currently tested six Vizio soundbars. The brand makes a wide variety of soundbars that generally have a good price-to-performance ratio. Their products often don't look or feel as premium as models from competing brands, but 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 quite well-balanced, some models handle stereo dynamics better than others. That said, they still tend to provide good value for the price.

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Best Vizio Soundbars


  1. Best Vizio Soundbar

    7.8
    Mixed Usage
    7.7
    Dialogue/TV Shows
    7.8
    Music
    7.8
    Movies
    Channels
    5.1.2

    The best Vizio soundbar we've tested is the Vizio SB36512-F6. It's among some of the best soundbars we've tested thanks to its great price-to-performance ratio and delivers a solid listening experience no matter your content of choice. It sounds impressively well-balanced out-of-the-box, which makes it a versatile option for everything from action movies to classical music. There are a few sound adjustment features as well, so you can tweak its sound profile to better suit your tastes. It has tons of different connectivity options and supports all the most common surround sound formats, including the more advanced object-based formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

    Unfortunately, it looks pretty cheaply made. The surround speakers also need to be wired to the subwoofer. This might not seem like a big deal, but it can affect where you'll be able to place the speakers in your home. That said, if you're not concerned about looks or cable length limitations, then it's a very good choice for all different kinds of uses. If you'd rather a more premium-looking option, the higher-end Vizio SB46514-F6 is worth considering. It feels a lot better-built and has additional up-firing speakers, but the price difference isn't justifiable to most.

    See our review

  2. Best 2.0 Vizio Soundbar

    8.0
    Dialogue/TV Shows
    Channels
    2.0

    The best 2.0 Vizio soundbar that we've tested is the Vizio SB3220n-F6. This soundbar has a neutral, balanced mid-range that makes it ideal for listening to dialogue-heavy content like TV shows and podcasts. It's Bluetooth compatible, so you can easily stream music and podcasts from your phone to the bar. This bar can get pretty loud, too. If you like to customize its sound, there are some EQ presets available, as well as an auto volume mode that helps balance out the volume level between different programs.

    Unfortunately, this soundbar doesn't have a subwoofer and it lacks a bit of low-bass, so you don't feel the deep thumps and rumbles from bass-heavy music genres or action-packed scenes. It also lacks a lot of connectivity options, including an HDMI In port, and it doesn't support Atmos content. However, if you love watching TV and want a simple upgrade over your TV speakers, this soundbar is a solid choice.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Vizio Soundbar

    7.1
    Dialogue/TV Shows
    Channels
    2.0

    The best Vizio soundbar in the budget range that we've tested is the Vizio SB2020n-G6. It's one of Vizio's most compact and affordable models. It doesn't support any surround sound formats, which makes it limited for fans of movies or newer TV shows. That said, it performs fairly well with more dialogue-heavy stereo content, like cable TV. It's not too bad for music, either. With a bar width of only just 20 inches, it's not only a decent way to boost the sound quality of your favorite sitcoms, but it makes for a solid addition to your desktop PC setup as well.

    Unfortunately, this soundbar doesn't get very loud, and it also tends to compress quite a bit even at lower volumes. It also lacks some connectivity options, like an HDMI In port, and it can only support PCM-format content. You can't mount this bar on your wall, either, which may be disappointing, depending on your home setup. That said, it's still a viable option if you're just looking to upgrade from your TV's integrated speakers.

    See our review

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 seen, especially for the price.
  • Balanced sound signature. All of the Vizio soundbars we've tested sound quite 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 do sound a bit 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 when it comes to 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. This makes it possible to find some really good deals, especially on models that are soon to be discontinued. While their products do 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 'G' for 2019.

For example:

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

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 definitely worth considering.

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