The Vizio Elevate soundbar is a 5.1.4 setup with a unique design. The sides of the bar automatically rotate when you watch Dolby Atmos or DTS:X content, which can help create a wide soundstage for an immersive listening experience. Thanks to its dedicated satellite speakers, it has a good surrounds performance, too. While its bass-heavy sound profile isn't ideal for everyone, there are some sound customization features available, and lots of connectivity options to help you use the bar as a hub between devices.
The Vizio Elevate soundbar is satisfactory for mixed usage. You can use it to watch Dolby Atmos content, and its satellite speakers help create an immersive surrounds experience. Thanks to its dedicated center channel, it can reproduce dialogue in TV shows and audiobooks clearly, too. However, its bass-heavy sound profile may not be ideal for neutral sound, but fortunately, there are some customization features available.
The Vizio Elevate soundbar is acceptable for dialogue-heavy content like TV shows. Thanks to its dedicated center channel, it can reproduce voices clearly and accurately. There are a dialogue enhancement feature and an auto-volume mode to enhance your listening experience. You can also stream podcasts and audiobooks to the bar using Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or Chromecast built-in. However, while it can get loud, there's some compression at max volume.
The Vizio Elevate soundbar is decent for music. Its bass-heavy sound profile adds an extra boom and punch to your music, which is ideal for fans of genres like EDM and hip-hop, but may be overwhelming for some listeners. Fortunately, there are a few EQ presets to help you customize its sound. Its impressive soundstage also helps you feel immersed in your music.
The Vizio Elevate soundbar is good for movies. It supports Atmos content, and it comes with dedicated satellite speakers to help create a more immersive surrounds experience. It has a wide and focused soundstage, too. While its bass-heavy sound profile can add boom and punch to action-packed scenes, it may be overwhelming for some listeners.
The Vizio Elevate is a high-end 5.1.4 model from Vizio's 2020 lineup. It comes with unique rotating speakers on the left and right sides of the bar, which the manufacturer claims create a wider soundstage for a more immersive listening experience. Its main competitors are the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers, the JBL Bar 9.1, and the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch Soundbar.
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.
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.
This setup comes with two satellite speakers. There's an aluminum grille on the top and the front, and the rest of the speaker is made of plastic. They're designed to be placed vertically.
The Vizio Elevate is a large, wide soundbar that won't fit between the legs of most 55" TV stands. Fortunately, it isn't very tall, so it shouldn't block your TV screen unless it sits flush on the table.
The subwoofer is quite tall, and it's a bit bigger than a standard desktop PC.
The satellites aren't very big, but they need to be wired to the subwoofer, which limits where you can place them in your room.
The back of the bar has two openings for inputs and the power cable. There are also universal mounting holes on the underside so you can wall-mount it.
The port is located on the back of the subwoofer, and there are also connections for the power cable and the satellites.
On the back of the satellites, there are ports for the power cable that connects to the subwoofer. There are also universal holes so you can wall-mount them.
The Vizio Elevate has an impressive build quality. The bar is mostly made of plastic, and there's an aluminum grille on the front of the bar that helps protect the drivers. The subwoofer is mostly made of melamine with a plastic top. Like the bar, the satellites have an aluminum grille to protect the drivers, and plastic sides and rear. The materials feel durable and solid.
The Vizio Elevate has a decent stereo frequency response. It has a bass-heavy sound profile that adds extra boom and punch to audio, which should please fans of bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop. However, it may be a bit overwhelming for some listeners. Fortunately, there are four EQ presets to help you customize its sound.
The Vizio Elevate has an impressive stereo soundstage. The sound seems to be a bit wider than the bar itself, but it doesn't have any tricks to make it sound wider than that. Also, the focus of the sound is good, so objects in the soundstage like voices and footsteps seem to come from an accurate, pinpoint location.
The Vizio Elevate has very good stereo dynamics. It gets very loud, which is great for parties, but there's a bit of compression when you play it at max volume.
The Vizio Elevate's stereo THD performance is good. At normal listening volumes, there isn't a lot of distortion present. However, there's a jump in THD when you play it at max volume, but this may not be noticeable with real-life content.
The Vizio Elevate has an outstanding center channel performance. This 5.1.4 setup has a dedicated center speaker, which helps to produce clearer and more accurate dialogue. It has a neutral, balanced sound profile, so audio from movies and TV shows is accurately reproduced.
The Vizio Elevate has a good surrounds performance. It has dedicated satellite speakers, which helps create a more immersive listening experience. The bass-heavy sound profile adds an extra boom and punch to action-packed scenes in your favorite movies.
This soundbar has a middling height performance. It uses up-firing speakers on the bar and the 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, and you can disable this feature. However, it still doesn't sound as real as discrete down-firing speakers.
This soundbar comes with decent 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.
The Vizio Elevate comes with lots of 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 can only be used with voice assistant speakers.
This soundbar supports most audio formats via its ARC port, including Dolby Digital and DTS formats commonly found on Blu-ray discs and streaming platforms.
This soundbar supports all of the sound formats that we test for through its Full HDMI port. You can listen to Dolby Digital and DTS content, which is commonly found on Blu-ray discs and streaming platforms.
Like most soundbars, the Vizio Elevate supports Dolby Digital and DTS via its Optical port. These formats are commonly found on Blu-ray discs and streaming platforms.
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.
This 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.
The subwoofer connects wirelessly to the bar; however, you have to wire the satellites to the sub.
The satellites need to be wired to the wireless subwoofer.
The Vizio Elevate doesn't have a display, however, on the side of the bar, some vertical lights display and flash depending on the setting you adjust. There's also audio feedback when you change the EQ presets.
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.
There's a small remote that lets you control the bar's functions. It also has a display screen, which has better visibility than other Vizio models like the Vizio SB36512-F6.
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.
The Vizio Elevate has an Eco Power Mode that turns off the soundbar after a period of inactivity. However, if you don't enable this feature, the soundbar always stays on. Also, there's HDMI CEC support, so you can control some of the bar's basic functions using your TV remote.
The Vizio Elevate soundbar comes in one color variant: Black. You can see the label for the model we tested here.
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The Vizio Elevate soundbar 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 supports Atmos and DTS:X content, which is ideal for movie fans. However, its bass-heavy sound profile isn't as neutral or balanced as some of the other bars we've tested, and it lacks a room correction feature, which is a bit disappointing for its premium design. If you're looking for more soundbars, check out our recommendations for the best soundbars, the best Dolby Atmos soundbars, and the best 5.1 soundbars.
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. The Vizio supports DTS and DTS:X content and it has a Full HDMI In port that supports 4k passthrough, unlike the Sonos. However, we tested the Sonos as a standalone bar, so you can check out the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers to compare its performance with its full setup.
The JBL Bar 9.1 is a better soundbar than the Vizio Elevate. The JBL has a better-balanced, more neutral sound profile, so it's suitable for lots of audio content. It also comes with a room correction feature and it's compatible with Apple AirPlay, unlike the Vizio. However, the Vizio has a dialogue enhancement feature, which the JBL lacks. The Vizio also has a unique design with left and right sides that rotate upwards to create a wider soundstage.
The Vizio SB46514-F6 is a better soundbar than the Vizio Elevate. The SB46514-F6 has a more neutral, balanced sound profile, and it has a better performance with its height channels. However, the Elevate has a better soundstage performance, and it comes with a dialogue enhancement feature. The Elevate also supports DTS:X content, which some listeners may prefer.
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 supports DTS and DTS:X content, and it has a Full HDMI In port, so it supports 4k passthrough, unlike the Sonos.