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Vizio Elevate Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Updated Mar 04, 2022 at 02:23 pm
Vizio Elevate Picture
7.9
Mixed Usage
8.2
Dialogue/TV Shows
7.8
Music
7.8
Movies
Channels
5.1.4

The Vizio Elevate soundbar is a 5.1.4 setup with a unique design. When you watch Dolby Atmos or DTS:X content, the sides of the bar automatically rotate upwards, resulting in a wide and immersive-sounding soundstage. You can rotate the sides upwards when you listen to other types of audio content, too, or you can turn it off entirely. Right out-of-the-box, the bar's sound profile is a bit bass-heavy, and vocals and lead instruments are mostly clear but also slightly veiled due to the recessed treble. That said, you can use its bass and treble adjustments to customize its sound based on your preferences.

Our Verdict

7.9 Mixed Usage

The Vizio Elevate 5.1.4 is very good for mixed usage. This versatile soundbar has a balanced mid-range that reproduces voices in podcasts and TV shows with clarity. There's some extra boom in the bass range that helps you feel the excitement in bass-heavy music and action-packed movies. Thanks to its discrete satellites, the action in your favorite movies seems to take place all around you, resulting in an immersive listening experience.

Pros
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Chromecast built-in compatibility.
  • Four EQ presets.
  • Wide, focused soundstage.
Cons
  • No graphic EQ.
  • Some distortion at max volume.
8.2 Dialogue/TV Shows

The Vizio Elevate soundbar is great for vocal-centric content like TV shows. This 5.1.4 setup comes with a discrete center channel, so voices accurately anchor to pinpoint locations in the soundstage. With its balanced mids, voices reproduce clearly, though the recessed treble makes higher-pitched voices a bit veiled. Fortunately, there's a treble adjustment feature and a dialogue enhancement mode to help make voices more clear and crisp in your audio.

Pros
  • Dialogue enhancement feature.
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Chromecast built-in compatibility.
Cons
  • No graphic EQ.
  • Some distortion at max volume.
7.8 Music

The Vizio Elevate 5.1.4 is very good for music. Out-of-the-box, it can reproduce vocals and lead instruments pretty clearly, though higher frequencies are a bit veiled due to the recessed treble. There's extra boom in the bass range that helps you feel the rumble in bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop, too. If you prefer a more neutral sound, fortunately, there are bass and treble adjustments available, too. However, you won't find a graphic EQ to help you customize the bar throughout the range.

Pros
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Chromecast built-in compatibility.
  • Four EQ presets.
  • Wide, focused soundstage.
Cons
  • No graphic EQ.
7.8 Movies

The Vizio Elevate soundbar is very good for movies. Thanks to its rotating sides, it has a wide soundstage with good focus that makes it seem like sound objects are coming from a pinpoint location. For example, cars in a chase scene seem to race past you from one side of the screen to another. It's a decent choice for surround sound, too, and it also supports Dolby Atmos content.

Pros
  • Dialogue enhancement feature.
  • Four EQ presets.
  • Wide, focused soundstage.
Cons
  • Some distortion at max volume.
  • 7.9 Mixed Usage
  • 8.2 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 7.8 Music
  • 7.8 Movies
  1. Updated Mar 03, 2022: Retested sound with firmware update.
  2. Updated Nov 15, 2021: Added Voice Assistant and 5.1 PCM support via eARC.
  3. Updated Aug 11, 2021: Updated mounting and added Dolby Vision and Atmos video.
  4. Updated Feb 25, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  5. Updated Nov 17, 2020: Review published.
  6. Updated Nov 12, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style - Bar

The Vizio Elevate has a very unique design. The bar can rotate its left and right sides upwards when you play Atmos or DTS:X content. You can also set these portions to face upwards instead of outwards at all times. It's mostly plastic, and there's an aluminum grille on the front to help protect the drivers inside.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

The subwoofer sits on four small pegs, and the driver is located underneath. It's mostly made of melamine with a plastic plate on top. There are ports for connecting satellites on the rear of the sub.

Design
Style - Satellites

The Vizio Elevate comes with two satellite speakers. There's an aluminum grille that wraps around the top and the front, while the rest of the speaker is plastic. They're designed for vertical placement.

Design
Dimensions - Bar
Width 48.1" (122.2 cm)
Height 2.7" (6.8 cm)
Depth 6.5" (16.5 cm)

The Vizio Elevate is a large, wide soundbar that won't fit between the legs of most 55 inch TV stands. Fortunately, it isn't very tall, so it doesn't block your TV screen unless your TV sits flush on the table.

Design
Dimensions - Subwoofer
Width 10.9" (27.6 cm)
Height 15.5" (39.4 cm)
Depth 13.8" (35.0 cm)

The Vizio Elevate's subwoofer is quite tall, and it's a bit bigger than a standard desktop PC.

Design
Dimensions - Satellites
Width 2.9" (7.3 cm)
Height 5.9" (15.1 cm)
Depth 3.7" (9.4 cm)

The satellites aren't very big, but you need to wire them to the subwoofer, limiting where you can place them in your room.

Design
Back - Bar
Bar Mounting
Proprietary

The back of the bar has two openings for inputs and the power cable. There are also proprietary mounting holes on the underside, meaning you can wall-mount it.

Design
Back - Subwoofer
Enclosure
Ported

The port is located on the back of the subwoofer and has connections for the power cable and the satellites.

Design
Back - Satellites
Mounting
Proprietary

On the back of the satellites, there are ports for the power cable that connects to the subwoofer. There are also proprietary holes so you can wall-mount them.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Vizio Elevate has a great build quality. The bar is mostly plastic, and there's an aluminum grille on the front of the bar that helps protect the drivers. The subwoofer is mostly melamine with a plastic top. Like the bar, the satellites have an aluminum grille to protect the drivers with plastic sides and rear. The materials feel durable and solid, and it's better built than the Vizio M Series M51ax-J6 overall.

Design
In The Box
HDMI Cable Length
1.6 m (5.2 ft)
Digital Optical Cable Length
1.5 m (4.9 ft)

  • Remote control with 2x AAA batteries
  • Stereo RCA to 3.5mm audio cable
  • 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable
  • HDMI cable
  • Optical cable
  • 2x Satellite Speaker audio cables
  • 2x Power cables
  • 4x Wall mount screws
  • Wall-mount template
  • 2x Wall-mount brackets (Satellite speakers)
  • 2x Wall-mount brackets (Soundbar)
  • 4x Cable ties
  • Manuals

Sound
7.8
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
Tested Preset
Direct
Slope
-1.55
Std. Err.
4.19 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
26.7 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
9.5 kHz

Update 03/04/2022: Updated the bar's firmware to version 1.10.01.1. As indicated in the graph, the treble has a more veiled sound with the new firmware.

The Vizio Elevate soundbar has a very good stereo frequency response. Out-of-the-box, it has a bass-heavy sound profile that adds extra thump and punch to your audio, so you feel the bass in action-packed movie scenes and bass-heavy music. Vocals and lead instruments reproduce clearly and accurately, but higher-pitched instruments like cymbals and organs are veiled due to the recessed treble. If you prefer a different sound, you can customize it with its bass and treble adjustments.

8.2
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response With Preliminary Calibration
Suggested Preset
Direct
Suggested Bass Setting
-8
Suggested Treble Setting
6
Slope
-0.02
Std. Err.
3.68 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
27.1 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.9 kHz

Update 03/04/2022: Updated the bar's firmware to version 1.10.01.1.

The Vizio Elevate comes with bass and treble adjustments, as well as four EQ presets that help you tweak its sound profile to your liking. With the bass set to -8 and the treble set to +6, it has a great stereo frequency response. The sound profile is pretty neutral, meaning vocals and lead instruments are clear and detailed in the mix. There's a touch of extra punch in the bass range, too. Overall, it's suitable for listening to many different types of audio content.

8.0
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
1.70 dB

The Vizio Elevate has a great stereo soundstage. The soundstage is perceived as a bit wider than the bar itself, though it doesn't have any features to make it even wider than that. The sound is focused, so objects in the soundstage like voices and footsteps seem to come from an accurate, pinpoint location.

7.9
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
96.4 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
2.11 dB

The Vizio Elevate has very good stereo dynamics. It gets very loud, so you can crank up the volume to fill up a large room or play music at a crowded party. There's a bit of compression at max volume, though. For a soundbar with a more clean and pure audio reproduction at max volume, check out the Vizio M Series M51a-H6.

7.4
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.46
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
3.34

Update 03/04/2022: Updated the bar's firmware to version 1.10.01.1.

The Vizio Elevate's stereo THD performance is satisfactory. At normal listening volumes, there isn't a lot of distortion present. When you push the bar to max volume, though, there's a jump in distortion across the range. As a result, audio doesn't sound as clean or pure when you crank up the volume.

8.2
Sound
Center
Localization
Discrete
Slope
-0.13
Std. Err.
3.23 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
92.0 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.50
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.58

Update 03/04/2022: Updated the bar's firmware to version 1.10.01.1.

The Vizio Elevate has a great center channel performance. It has a discrete center channel, so dialogue in movies and TV shows accurately localizes within the soundstage. Its neutral, balanced sound profile means that voices are reproduced clearly and with detail, too.

7.1
Sound
Surround 5.1
Localization
Discrete
Slope
-1.21
Std. Err.
4.86 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
89.8 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.27
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.36
7.1 Rears
No

Update 03/04/2022: Updated the bar's firmware to version 1.10.01.1.

The Vizio Elevate has a decent surrounds performance. It has dedicated satellite speakers, resulting in a clear and real representation of surround objects in the soundstage. For example, cars in a chase scene seem to race past you from an accurate, pinpoint location. As for its sound, there's a little extra emphasis in the bass range, so you feel the punch and rumble in action-packed scenes.

5.9
Sound
Height (Atmos)
Localization
Phantom (Up Firing, Bar & Satellites)
Slope
-1.52
Std. Err.
5.31 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
83.8 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
2.96
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
0.48

Update 03/04/2022: Updated the bar's firmware to version 1.10.01.1.

The Vizio Elevate has a middling height performance. It uses up-firing speakers on the bar and satellites to bounce sound off the ceiling, creating the illusion of sound coming from above you. This bar also rotates its left and right sides upwards automatically when playing Atmos content to help widen its soundstage. However, the height of sound objects doesn't sound as accurate as discrete down-firing speakers found with home theater setups. You can see a video of how the bar rotates here.

7.4
Sound
Sound Enhancement Features
Room Correction
No
Dialogue Enhancement
Yes
Auto-Volume/Night Mode
Yes
Subwoofer Level Adjustment
Yes
Bass Adjustment
Yes
Treble Adjustment
Yes
EQ
Presets
Surround Level Adjustment
Yes
Rear Level Adjustment
No
Height Level Adjustment
Yes
Virtual Surround
Yes

The Vizio Elevate 5.1.4 comes with a decent selection of sound enhancement features. There are four EQ presets to help you customize its sound: Movie, Music, Direct, and Game. There's also a dialogue enhancement feature that can help make voices sound more clear and crisp. You can adjust the sides of the bar to UP, WIDE, or AUTO, and the AUTO setting automatically moves them up when you play Atmos or DTS:X content. Compared to other premium models on the market, there's no room correction feature. As a result, it sounds a bit different depending on the room you listen in.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Physical Inputs - Bar
Optical Audio In
1
HDMI ARC
1 (shared)
HDMI Out
1 (shared)
Full HDMI In
2
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux)
1
RCA In
No
USB for Files
1
Ethernet
No

The Vizio Elevate comes with many inputs, including HDMI ports that let you use it as a hub between different devices. There are two AUX ports: one for analog audio and a second that you can only use with voice assistant speakers.

10
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - ARC
eARC
Yes
Dolby Atmos
Yes
Dolby Digital
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
DTS
Yes
DTS:X (eARC only)
Yes
Dolby TrueHD (eARC only)
Yes
DTS-HD MA (eARC only)
Yes
5.1 PCM (eARC only)
Yes

Update 11/15/2021: We retested this soundbar with its new firmware version 1.02.21.1 and found that it now supports 5.1 PCM content via ARC. We also used an independent device that tests for audio signals called the Murideo SEVEN generator to verify this support. Sound comes from both the bar and the satellites, indicating proper 5.1 support.

The Vizio Elevate supports all audio formats we test for via its ARC port, including Dolby Digital and DTS formats commonly found on Blu-ray discs and streaming platforms.

10
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Full HDMI In
Dolby Atmos
Yes
DTS:X
Yes
Dolby Digital
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
DTS
Yes
Dolby TrueHD
Yes
DTS-HD MA
Yes
5.1 PCM
Yes

This soundbar has fantastic audio format support through its Full HDMI port. You can listen to Dolby Digital and DTS content, which you'll commonly find on Blu-ray discs and streaming platforms.

10
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Optical
Dolby Digital
Yes
DTS
Yes

Like most soundbars, the Vizio Elevate supports Dolby Digital and DTS via its Optical port. You'll commonly find these formats on Blu-ray discs and streaming platforms.

7.4
Connectivity
Latency
ARC
70 ms
Optical
60 ms
Full HDMI In
116 ms

The Vizio Elevate has a satisfactory latency performance. It has fairly low latency via its ARC and Optical ports, making it well-suited for watching videos and movies. However, it has high latency via its Full HDMI In port, so there's a slight delay between the audio you hear and the video you see over this connection. That said, some apps and some TVs compensate for latency differently, meaning user experience may vary.

9.0
Connectivity
Wireless Playback
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi
Yes
Chromecast built-in
Yes
Apple AirPlay
No

The Vizio Elevate has incredible wireless playback capabilities. You can stream content from your phone or tablet to the bar wirelessly using Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or Chromecast built-in.

Connectivity
Other Input Specifications
4k @ 60 Hz Passthrough
Yes
4k @ 60 Hz @ 10 bit Passthrough
Yes
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 Passthrough
Yes
HDR10 Passthrough
Yes

The Vizio Elevate soundbar can passthrough the highest bandwidth signals, so text looks crisp and clear when you use it as a hub between your PC and your TV. It also supports Dolby Vision Passthrough, which is handy.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
Yes

The subwoofer connects wirelessly to the bar. However, you have to wire the satellites to the sub.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Satellites
Sat Wireless
Partial, wired to wireless sub

You need to wire the satellites to the wireless subwoofer.

Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
No

The Vizio Elevate doesn't have a display, though the side of the bar has some vertical lights that display and flash depending on the setting you adjust. There's also audio feedback when you change the EQ presets.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

The Vizio Elevate has some physical controls that let you adjust the bar's basic functions. You can turn the bar on and off, select the input, activate Bluetooth pairing mode, and adjust the volume.

Additional Features
Remote
Universal Remote
No

There's a small remote that lets you control the bar's functions. It has a display screen, which has better visibility than other Vizio models like the Vizio SB36512-F6.

Additional Features
Voice Assistants Support
Amazon Alexa
No
Google Assistant
No
Apple Siri
No

Update 11/15/2021: Our previous tests didn't account for voice assistant support through third-party devices. We've added this information to the text.

The Vizio Elevate doesn't have built-in voice assistant capabilities. However, the manufacturer says that you can plug in a third-party voice assistant device using the AUX VA In port to control the bar using Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

Additional Features
App
App Name Vizio SmartCast
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Acts As A Remote
Yes
Controls Soundbar's Settings
All
Casts Device Files
Yes

The Vizio SmartCast app acts as the soundbar's remote, and you can use it to control all of the bar's settings. You can also use it to check for updates, view system information, and run a speaker test on specific channels.

Additional Features
Other Features
Power Saving
Auto-off
HDMI CEC (TV Remote Control)
Yes

The Vizio Elevate has an Eco Power Mode that turns the soundbar off after a period of inactivity. However, you have to enable this feature, so the soundbar always stays on if the Eco Power Mode is off. There's HDMI CEC support, letting you control some of the bar's basic functions using your TV remote.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Vizio Elevate soundbar comes in one color variant: Black. You can see the label for the model we tested here.

If you come across another variant, let us know in the discussions.

Compared To Other Soundbars

The Vizio Elevate sound bar is a 5.1.4 setup with a unique design that allows you to rotate the left and right sides of the bar to create a wide, focused soundstage. It's a versatile soundbar that supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X content. However, compared to other premium bars on the market, its default sound profile is a bit bass-heavy and veiled in the treble range. There's no room correction feature, either.

If you want to see more soundbars, check out our recommendations for the best soundbars, the best Dolby Atmos soundbars, and the best 5.1 soundbars.

Sonos Arc

The Vizio Elevate is a better soundbar than the Sonos Arc. The Sonos has a bright sound profile that lacks a bit of bass, especially compared the Vizio's bass-heavy sound profile. The Vizio has a Full HDMI In port that supports 4k passthrough, unlike the Sonos. You can check out the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers to compare its performance with its full setup.

Vizio M Series M512a-H6

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Vizio Elevate or the Vizio M Series M512a-H6. The Elevate is better built and has a better Atmos performance. It supports more wireless playback options. That said, the M Series has a better surround performance. It also has less compression at max volume, so your audio sounds cleaner during louder listening sessions.

JBL Bar 9.1

The Vizio Elevate is a better soundbar than the JBL Bar 9.1. The Vizio has a somewhat more neutral sound profile, so it's suitable for lots of audio content. It also has a dialogue enhancement feature, which the JBL lacks. Its unique design, with left and right sides that rotate upwards, helps to create a wider soundstage. However, the JBL comes with a room correction feature and it's compatible with Apple AirPlay, unlike the Vizio.

LG SP9YA

The Vizio Elevate is a bit better for mixed usage than the LG SP9YA. The Vizio comes with discrete satellite speakers, and it offers better soundstage, center, surround, and Atmos performances. It also has a unique design with sides that rotate upwards to enhance its soundstage, which some users may prefer. That said, the LG has a few more sound enhancement features like room correction, and it supports Apple AirPlay.

Samsung HW-Q950T

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Vizio Elevate or the Samsung HW-Q950T. The Vizio is better built and offers a better soundstage performance. It comes with an auto-volume mode and supports more wireless playback options than the Samsung. However, the Samsung gets louder and offers a better surround performance. It comes with a graphic EQ and built-in voice assistant support. Also, some listeners may prefer that it offers a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box than the Vizio.

Vizio SB46514-F6

The Vizio Elevate is a better soundbar than the Vizio SB46514-F6. The Elevate has a more neutral, balanced sound profile, and it has a wider soundstage. Also, it comes with a dialogue enhancement feature and supports DTS:X content. However, the SB46514-F6 has a better surrounds performance.

Samsung HW-Q950A

The Samsung HW-Q950A is a better soundbar than the Vizio Elevate. The Samsung is an 11.1.4 setup that comes with built-in Amazon Alexa voice assistant and offers more sound enhancement features, including room correction and a graphic EQ. It gets louder, too, and it has a better surrounds performance. Its default sound profile is also more neutral than the Vizio, which some users may prefer. That said, the 5.1.4 Vizio is better-built and offers a better soundstage performance.

Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers or the Vizio Elevate. The Sonos is better-built, has a more neutral sound profile, and comes with a room correction feature. However, the Vizio comes with EQ presets, unlike the Sonos. The Vizio also has a Full HDMI In port, so it supports 4k passthrough, unlike the Sonos.

Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module

The Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module and the Vizio Elevate are both very premium soundbar setups. The Bose is better built, and it has better soundstage and surround performances. Some listeners may also prefer its more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box compared the the Vizio's slightly bass-heavy sound. That said, unlike the Bose, the Vizio comes with a Full HDMI In port, so you can use it for high quality passthrough.

Vizio M Series M51a-H6

The Vizio Elevate and the Vizio M Series M51a-H6 are both very versatile soundbars, and depending on your listening habits, you may prefer one over the other. The Elevate has a unique design with sides that rotate upwards to create a more immersive listening experience. It's better-built, it has a better stereo soundstage performance, and it supports Wi-Fi and Chromecast built-in. However, the M Series has a better surrounds performance, and there's less compression present when you play it at max volume.

Samsung HW-Q850A

The Vizio Elevate is better than the Samsung HW-Q850A. The Vizio has a unique design with sides that rotate upwards, which helps create a better soundstage performance. It gets louder, too, and it has a better center channel performance. That said, the Samsung is better for surround content. Unlike the Vizio, it also has built-in voice assistant support and a graphic EQ. If you want to use voice assistants for the Vizio, you need a third-party voice assistant device.

Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch

The Vizio Elevate is better than the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch for most uses. The Vizio is a 5.1.4 setup with a better soundstage and more wireless playback options. That said, the Nakamichi has better surround and Atmos performances. It also comes with two subwoofers and four satellites, which help create a more immersive sound.

Vizio M Series M51ax-J6

The Vizio Elevate is a slightly better soundbar than the Vizio M Series M51ax-J6. The Elevate is better-built, with a unique design that features rotating sides to help create a better soundstage performance. It also comes with more wireless playback support.

Samsung HW-Q900A

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Vizio Elevate or the Samsung HW-Q900A. The Vizio is a 5.1.4 setup with discrete satellites speakers that offers a better surrounds performance. Thanks to its unique design with sides that rotate upwards, it also has a better soundstage. That said, the 7.1.2 Samsung comes with more sound enhancement features, such as room correction and a graphic EQ. It also has built-in voice assistant support, unlike the Vizio, which requires a third-party device for voice assistant control.

Vizio SB36512-F6

The Vizio Elevate is better than the Vizio SB36512-F6. The Elevate is better built, and it has a unique design with sides that rotate upwards to help create a better soundstage performance. It even comes with some more sound enhancement features, like dialogue enhancement mode.

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 SSE

The Vizio Elevate is better than the Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 SSE for most uses. The Vizio is a 5.1.4 setup with better center and soundstage performances. It comes with eARC support, and it has a more neutral sound out-of-the-box. However, if you like a boomy, bass-heavy default sound, the Nakamichi is a better choice. It also has a better surround performance than the Vizio.

Bose Smart Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module

The Vizio Elevate is better than the Bose Smart Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module for most uses. The Vizio supports Dolby Atmos content, and it gets louder. Unlike the Bose, it has a Full HDMI In port as well as some EQ presets to help you customize its sound. That said, the Bose is better built with better soundstage and surround performances. Unlike the Vizio, the Bose has built-in voice assistant support.

Samsung HW-Q800A

The Vizio Elevate is slightly better for mixed usage than the Samsung HW-Q800A. The Vizio is a 5.1.4 setup with discrete satellites. It offers better soundstage, surround, and Atmos performances. However, the Samsung is still a very versatile 3.1.2 setup. Some listeners may even prefer its more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box.

Bose Smart Soundbar 900

The Vizio Elevate is better than the standalone Bose Smart Soundbar 900 for most uses. The Vizio is a 5.1.4 setup with a dedicated sub and satellites. It has a better surrounds performance, and it comes with some more sound enhancement features like EQ presets. It has a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough, unlike the Bose. However, the 5.0.2 Bose is better built with built-in voice assistant capabilities. It offers very impressive performance for a standalone bar, and you can even upgrade it with a sub and satellites.

LG SP8YA

The Vizio Elevate is better than the LG SP8YA. The Vizio is a better-built 5.1.4 setup that comes with discrete satellites. Thanks to its unique design with rotating sides, it has a better soundstage. It also offers better surround and Atmos performances. However, it doesn't offer as many sound enhancement features as the LG. Also, the LG is still a good choice, especially for users who mostly listen to dialogue-focused content like TV shows.

Monoprice SB-600

The 5.1.4 Vizio Elevate is a better soundbar than the 5.1.2 Monoprice SB-600. The Vizio has a more unique design, with rotating speakers on each side of the bar, which creates a better height performance. It has a better-balanced sound profile and produces a more extended low-bass. Also, it gets louder with less compression present at max volume. However, the Monoprice has lower latency via the Full HDMI In port, though some apps and TVs compensate for latency differently.

LG SP7Y

The Vizio Elevate is a better soundbar than the LG SP7Y. The Vizio comes with discrete satellite speakers, and it offers better soundstage and surround performance. Unlike the LG, it supports Dolby Atmos content and HDR10 passthrough, and more wireless playback options. It's also better-built and reproduces a more extended low-bass. It gets louder than the LG, too, albeit with more compression at max volume.

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