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I was really excited to try out this upcoming Vizio soundbar, but they just posted the manual on their site and it looks like it only has a single optical and 2 analog audio inputs. Does this seem strange? I assumed it would have atleast a single HDMI...and what is up with 2 analog inputs.

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Vizio is apparently using the same technical model as ZVOX sound bars. The desire is to create as much simplicity as possible, and they do this by allowing the tv remote to control the sound bar volume. Many tv's, and the new Vizio's are among them, feature variable analog audio outs, allowing this functionality. You can take your blu-ray, cable box or satellite receiver to the tv via hdmi and then out thru analog to the sound bar. A good digital multichannel, multi-speaker ht will always be superior to any sound bar. But given the nature of sound bars - cramming everything into one box and using phase control to simulate surround effects - simplicity is the name of the game. The ZVOX sound bars are clearly overpriced relative to their technology. Looks like Vizio saw that as an opportunity.
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Just picked one of these up from Costco for I think a really good price. This was a perfect solution for me. I didn't want a surround system in my bedroom. My flat screen (Panasonic 42" Plasma) is mounted on the wall and I need to keep the area clear because it's the path through the bedroom. So I didn't want any components at all. Or the very minimum something that cleanly mounted on the wall like the TV.

I had been looking at soundbars for a while. I was really getting dissapointed that there wasn't anything out there that was a reasonable price. The other requirement was I wanted something with optical digital in as well as analog. I wanted this because my TV has an optical out and I was having some issues with multi-channel (DD 5.1) inputs via hdmi playing from my TV speakers.

My only connections to this TV are HDMI, which I can run Satellite, PS3, Xbox 360 and a computer. And also an antenna for local channels. I didn't really care about hdmi inputs on this speaker system. But an optical connection is great. And I also didn't want to spend that much money on a bedroom system.

One nice thing about this system is I hear Vizio will come out with wireless headphones that integrates into the system. That is also great since there are times I want to watch TV in bed and not disturb my wife.

In terms of sound, I have only spent a little bit of time listening. But so far it seems far superior to the TV speakers. Vocals seem clean and there is nice range as well. The sub seemed a little boomy and I have turned it down. I didn't really expect the sub to do that well. In fact I'm not even sure I like having a sub in the bedroom. It's not why I bought it. But it is pretty cool that it is wireless. And it does seem to work pretty well - if a bit boomy.

In conclusion I think this is a great value and a nice package for a secondary room situation. I highly recommend it for that.

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Anyone else have any opinion on this? It looks like Vizio will be releasing a $200 version that will have a wired subwoofer instead of wireless. That's cheaper than the CT100 and if it sounds better and has more function, this will be the affordable soundbar to beat.
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Thats all these TVs need really if you want a decent stereo sound.

Ive hooked just a small powered subwoofer to my vizio and it really thickened up the sound nice.

When viewing the tv from directly in the front the onboard speakers have a decent amount of highs and seperation to give a nice stereo feel but just lack the thickness speakers get from a larger size and cabnet.

Just hide a small woofer under the bed and it should sound fine. My VO32L did

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Thats all these TVs need really if you want a decent stereo sound.

I actually noticed a huge improvement of the soundbar alone over the TV speakers. Even though the TV speakers were fine for a bedroom application. I'm still undecided about the sub. It's too big to fit under the bed, btw. I'm just not into cheap boomy subs. But again, the sub is not why I bought this unit.

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Anyone else have any opinion on this? It looks like Vizio will be releasing a 200 version that will have a wired subwoofer instead of wireless. That's cheaper than the CT100 and if it sounds better and has more function, this will be the affordable soundbar to beat.

The Vizio soundbar doesn't have HDMI ports (it has very limited ports actually, your better off getting a YAS) or isn't able to output PCM...
It might beat out the CT100's price (for now until the CT500 comes out, then the CT100 is going to be severely discounted) but not tech wise...
I know the Vizio soundbar works great along with the Vizio TV's because that's what it was meant for...

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I guess I'm at a loss to understand why you would need hdmi inputs on a soundbar? I run hdmi to my TV, then optical to the soundbar. There is no hdmi out on my TV. These things surely can't resolve the differences between lossy audio vs the new lossless audio (TrueHD, etc). I can barely tell the difference on my big system. I guess it might have been nice to have a hdmi passthrough so I could run hdmi first to the soundbar, then to the TV. But this is not any more convenient than hdmi to the TV, then optical to the soundbar.

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I guess I'm at a loss to understand why you would need hdmi inputs on a soundbar? I run hdmi to my TV, then optical to the soundbar. There is no hdmi out on my TV. These things surely can't resolve the differences between lossy audio vs the new lossless audio (TrueHD, etc). I can barely tell the difference on my big system. I guess it might have been nice to have a hdmi passthrough so I could run hdmi first to the soundbar, then to the TV. But this is not any more convenient than hdmi to the TV, then optical to the soundbar.

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With Sony CT100 you can really hear the difference between the Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital. Also many TV's will not pass DD 5.1 from the HDMI input to the optical out. The Yamaha YSP's probably will sound good with any audio source, but with smaller/cheaper sound bars you can notice the difference between HDMI and analog sources.
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I actually noticed a huge improvement of the soundbar alone over the TV speakers. Even though the TV speakers were fine for a bedroom application. I'm still undecided about the sub. It's too big to fit under the bed, btw. I'm just not into cheap boomy subs. But again, the sub is not why I bought this unit.

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Well thats what i thought anyway when i had my amp and stuff down to rewire everything i just hooked up a little bass box that comes with a computer out from the digital out of the cable box and it didnt sound bad using the onboard stock speakers. I didnt watch any movies or anything it was just somthing to listen to while i was tinkering around and i didnt think it soudned bad.

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Also many TV's will not pass DD 5.1 from the HDMI input to the optical out.

That's a very good point. My Plasma (Panasonic Viera) only passes pcm 2.0 from the optical out. I only have hdmi running to this TV. For my bedroom system, that's not much of an issue. I didn't really feel like I needed a true 5.1 system. But the real problem is not getting any sound at all out of the optical out on DD 5.1 sources. When I watch Satellite via hdmi, a DD 5.1 soundtrack will NOT play on the TV speakers or through the soundbar. I can configure the audio to pass pcm and that works (and also proves that DD 5.1 is not being passed).

I have the same problem with the PS3 through the hdmi connection running into the TV. I get no audio at all for DD 5.1 sources. So I have to change the audio on the PS3 to pcm and then it works through the optical out of the TV.

The only problem is I share Sat and PS3 with other rooms via hdmi distribution boxes. The other rooms, my home thater in particlar, can handle all the audio via hdmi. So it's a pain to keep reconfiguring my sat receiver and my PS3 depending on which room I'm in.

So for this reason, I'm returning the Visio soundbar and just bought the Sony. Thank god for a generous return policy at Costco. It looks like the Sony will solve my audio problems. It can handle multi-channel DD and DTS. For basically the same price, this is a no-brainer for me.

One last comment on the Vizio soundbar. I was listening to it at high volume last night and it's pretty good actually. It plays way louder than I need in the bedroom. And the wireless sub actually makes it a snap to install this thing. It works pretty well. The Sony is going to present a problem with the "wired" sub since my hdmi source is in the middle of a wall. I don't really want a wire dangling down the wall across the bedroom for whereever I eventially put the sub.

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Well, I just received the Sony CT100 and basically I am very dissapointed. There is definately a problem with the CT100 and my hdmi repeater system. It works plugged directly into the PS3, but doesn't work downstream of my hdmi repeaters. I have no problem getting picture and sound from the PS3 directly to two different TV's (both hdmi). But as soon as I go through the Sony CT100, I get no picture and no sound. The same signal path has no problem with my hdmi satellite receiver going through the CT100. So this is definately an interaction between my ps3, the repeater system and the CT100. It's pretty ironic that I'm having problems with a Sony device talking to a Sony device.

Before I return it, I guess I will give a call to Sony. But there's no denying the CT100 is the problem. Also, since this is a Vizio thread, I would have to give a big edge to the Vizio in sound quality and design. The soundbar itself has much bigger drivers and is more substantial. Plus the wireless subwoofer makes installation a breeze. The only thing lacking on the Vizio is the hdmi inputs (which didn't work for me anyway on the Sony with my PS3). The Sony is pretty wimpy in comparison. Too bad both solutions didn't work for me.

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Chris .. if your not into a YSP setup you might try the YAS 71. I found it to have a much fuller sound than the CT....It has 2 optical inputs making it simple to hook up to the ps3 and cable box... they have been discontinued so you'll likely find deais,,
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That's a very good point. My Plasma (Panasonic Viera) only passes pcm 2.0 from the optical out. I only have hdmi running to this TV. For my bedroom system, that's not much of an issue. I didn't really feel like I needed a true 5.1 system. But the real problem is not getting any sound at all out of the optical out on DD 5.1 sources. When I watch Satellite via hdmi, a DD 5.1 soundtrack will NOT play on the TV speakers or through the soundbar. I can configure the audio to pass pcm and that works (and also proves that DD 5.1 is not being passed).

I have the same problem with the PS3 through the hdmi connection running into the TV. I get no audio at all for DD 5.1 sources. So I have to change the audio on the PS3 to pcm and then it works through the optical out of the TV.

The only problem is I share Sat and PS3 with other rooms via hdmi distribution boxes. The other rooms, my home thater in particlar, can handle all the audio via hdmi. So it's a pain to keep reconfiguring my sat receiver and my PS3 depending on which room I'm in.

So for this reason, I'm returning the Visio soundbar and just bought the Sony. Thank god for a generous return policy at Costco. It looks like the Sony will solve my audio problems. It can handle multi-channel DD and DTS. For basically the same price, this is a no-brainer for me.

One last comment on the Vizio soundbar. I was listening to it at high volume last night and it's pretty good actually. It plays way louder than I need in the bedroom. And the wireless sub actually makes it a snap to install this thing. It works pretty well. The Sony is going to present a problem with the "wired" sub since my hdmi source is in the middle of a wall. I don't really want a wire dangling down the wall across the bedroom for whereever I eventially put the sub.

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Sorry you've been having all these problems, hope you find a solution. Have you, or anyone else, had much luck with the SRS Truevolume feature? Living on the middle floor of a three floor condo we spend a lot of time mashing the volume control when commercials come on or an actor speaks softly after an action sequence. That was the factor that most interested me in the Vizio compared to the Sony, Samsung, and Yamaha equivalents.

I read the CNET review which was unimpressed, although "Blackhawk Down" is a tougher test than would be the case at our home. We have a Vizio 42" LCD from about 4 years back and are watching in a smallish living room.

Many thanks!
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Have you, or anyone else, had much luck with the SRS Truevolume feature?

I did check out that feature and it worked pretty well. I was impressed.

Here's an update to my last post. I bought the Sony, but it is giving me endless grief as well. It does solve the problem of being able to process multi-channel audio via hdmi (or optical/coax I presume). But that unit has handshaking problems with my PS3 and a hdmi distribution amplifier I have inline. When I have the distribution amplifier present, I get no video and no audio from the Sony soundbar. It's strange because I don't have a problem with my Satellite, Xbox 360 using the same path. Also the PS3 going directly into the TV works as well (bypassing the distribution amplifier).

After a call to Sony, there is nothing to be done. My problem is not common, nor do they have any fixes or workarounds. I may return the Sony as well. I'm still experimenting.

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Maybe I'm missing something here..lots of cons on the Vizio Sound Bar based on too few inputs. We are talking about a < $300 sound bar with wireless subwoofer (street price).

ZVox only has one pair of RCA stereo inputs, and no digital for all their models which range all the way up to $600.

It's hardly an issue, and as a 'one box' solution none of these are ever going to give you true Home Theater sound anyway. But they are good for what they are designed for...cheap but decent sound for a small room, etc.
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Maybe I'm missing something here..lots of cons on the Vizio Sound Bar based on too few inputs. We are talking about a < $300 sound bar with wireless subwoofer (street price).

ZVox only has one pair of RCA stereo inputs, and no digital for all their models which range all the way up to $600.

It's hardly an issue, and as a 'one box' solution none of these are ever going to give you true Home Theater sound anyway. But they are good for what they are designed for...cheap but decent sound for a small room, etc.

Actually, I'll honestly say that the yamaha's soundbars blur the line between soundbars and full fledge systems. Yamaha's surround is so astonishing, you swear you have a 5.1 surround sound system. Heck, I love my CT100 but I know this...

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Actually, I'll honestly say that the yamaha's soundbars blur the line between soundbars and full fledge systems. Yamaha's surround is so astonishing, you swear you have a 5.1 surround sound system.

That may well be true! I did not mean to generalize to ALL soundbars.
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Maybe I'm missing something here...

Yes, I think you are missing something. Sound Quality was not an issue for me at all.

Some people, like myself want to connect their Plasma with only an hdmi cable. My equipment is in another room and all I want in my bedroom is a clean look and no components. My Plasma is mounted on a wall with no other boxes. The problem is that audio across hdmi can be downconverted to pcm 2.0 or not converted at all when passed through the TV. It depends on the TV. I got no audio at all through the TV speakers when watching multi-channel sources via hdmi. This included Satellite and PS3 in my case. I can change the settings on the source devices to pcm 2.0, but I am sharing these devices with a bigger system that can handle multi-channel and it was inconvenient to keep switching from multi-channel to pcm 2.0 depending what room I was it.

So I started looking at a soundbar for one reason. To enable me to listen to multi-channel audio in my bedroom. I really didn't care about sound quality or even a surround experience. I just wanted to not have to reconfigure my source devices whenever I wanted to watch Satellite or PS3 in my bedroom.

The Vizio has two fatal flaws, imo. One is that it has no hdmi inputs. It's perfectly reasonable to encounter installations with only an hdmi cable running to the Flat Screen TV. The other flaw is the optical input cannot handle multi-channel output. It can only handle pcm 2.0. My Plasma takes the hdmi input and passes the audio out the optical port on the back. But the Vizio could not handle multi-channel audio and I got silence.

So in my case, the Vizio soundbar did not solve my problem and I took it back. I found the Sony HTCT100 in the same price range that does solve the problem. It has hdmi inputs and optical and coax connectors that all handle multi-channel audio. It terms of sound quality, the Vizio was probably better, but again that was not an issue at all for me. The wireless sub on the Vizio was also very convenient. But for me, only the Sony solved my problem. I didn't find another product on the market that handled hdmi and multi-channel audio. Maybe that's changed by now?

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Yes, I think you are missing something. Sound Quality was not an issue for me at all.

Some people, like myself want to connect their Plasma with only an hdmi cable. My equipment is in another room and all I want in my bedroom is a clean look and no components. My Plasma is mounted on a wall with no other boxes. The problem is that audio across hdmi can be downconverted to pcm 2.0 or not converted at all when passed through the TV. It depends on the TV. I got no audio at all through the TV speakers when watching multi-channel sources via hdmi. This included Satellite and PS3 in my case. I can change the settings on the source devices to pcm 2.0, but I am sharing these devices with a bigger system that can handle multi-channel and it was inconvenient to keep switching from multi-channel to pcm 2.0 depending what room I was it.

So I started looking at a soundbar for one reason. To enable me to listen to multi-channel audio in my bedroom. I really didn't care about sound quality or even a surround experience. I just wanted to not have to reconfigure my source devices whenever I wanted to watch Satellite or PS3 in my bedroom.

The Vizio has two fatal flaws, imo. One is that it has no hdmi inputs. It's perfectly reasonable to encounter installations with only an hdmi cable running to the Flat Screen TV. The other flaw is the optical input cannot handle multi-channel output. It can only handle pcm 2.0. My Plasma takes the hdmi input and passes the audio out the optical port on the back. But the Vizio could not handle multi-channel audio and I got silence.

So in my case, the Vizio soundbar did not solve my problem and I took it back. I found the Sony HTCT100 in the same price range that does solve the problem. It has hdmi inputs and optical and coax connectors that all handle multi-channel audio. It terms of sound quality, the Vizio was probably better, but again that was not an issue at all for me. The wireless sub on the Vizio was also very convenient. But for me, only the Sony solved my problem. I didn't find another product on the market that handled hdmi and multi-channel audio. Maybe that's changed by now?

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I think I said I was not generalizing to all Soundbars but considering the popularity of the ZVox I think the Vizio offers more too. That was my only point.

I'm glad the Sony worked out for your situation! nice price...I might even consider it myself, most any soundbar audio has to be better than those two crickets they call speakers in most small displays.
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I used to have a YSP-800, sold it when I moved last time. Now I am in the market for another clean looking sound bar... just like the Vizio. I like the IDEA of having 1 optical cable from the panny plasma to the sound bar and the volume buttons on the TV remote control the bar. Wife and kid freindly, this is just for the main living room which we mostly watch TV, XBMC, and BLUE RAY. Its a perfect solution, especially with wireless sub.

Now I have 1 question....

With the YSP-800 I had one problem when having it hooked up this way, as the volume of the TV was raised, both the TV and the sound bar got louder, there was a millisec delay. If this happens with the new sound bar and my new panny C1 50 inch plasma .... Is there a feature on the panny C1 to turn off sound output but still send it out the variable optical out?

Lots of typing for such an easy question, I guess I could have just asked the question without all the other mess.

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I purched this sound bar, and while i'm happy with it i have 2 problems
1. The main problem is when i mute it (when the phone rings) sometime the sub woofer will start letting ear blasting sound out of it making the speaker rattle and pop. I don't know if it's blown the speaker yet or not.

2. I have a Mvix player and the remote uses the same frequency. When i change the volume on the Vizio sound bar it makes my Mvix skip to the next chapter, Mute takes it back to the main menu, Sound field turns on sub titles.

But the main issue is the sub coming on during mute.

Has anyone else had this problem.
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I decided to give the Vizio VSB210WS a try. It was easy to setup. After a few days of use, I notice that sound is on the right side of the sound bar. I don't hear any sound on the left side of the sound bar. I put my ear up to the left side of the sound bar and I don't hear any sound.

This happens with an optical fiber connection and a analog audio connection. If I connect only the white audio input, I do hear sound on the right side of the sound bar. I I connect only the red audio input, I do hear sound on the right side of the sound bar.

My concern is whether the unit operates properly.

It seems odd that there is no detectable sound on the left side of the sound bar.

The lack of sound on the left side may be because of the non-HD audio sources (analog TV and DVD player) I am not sure though.

I am not an audio aficionado, so I don't know for certain how the is intended to work.

The sound on the Vizio soundbar seems clear and is definitely improved over the TV speakers. I am just wondering whether the lack of sound on the left side is an indicator that the unit is not working properly.

Any input will be greatly appreciated.
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I'm looking at sound bars too. The June issue of Home Theater Magazine reviewed this Vizio unit and liked it: http://hometheatermag.com/compactspe...bar/index.html
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Got the Vizio (no sub) at Wally World for 148 yesterday. Very pleased..besides nice full sound, it has a quality build.
May add a sub later... there are lots of adequate name-brand subs around $99 on Amazon, PartsExpress (Dayton), like Polk, Sony, Yamaha, etc. with the same specs as the Vizio sub. Only difference, they are not wireless.
So you could build a nice small system around this bar for $250 total. That's 100 off Vizio's bar with a sub.
This works great for my 32" bedroom display.
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I bought the Vizio soundbar + wireless sub from Costco yesterday for about $275 (with sales tax). After reading these posts, I found a open-bx Sony HTCT100 for $40 less than the Vizio, and was able to do a side by side comparison last night. Note, I did not have HDMI going into the Sony, so it may have handicapped the Sony a little bit.

- Vizio volume goes higher. (but not a big deal for me, because I have a small room)

- Vizio sound bar much bigger fatter than Sony. The Vizio bar still looks nice, but if you want svelte, go with Sony.

- Found the Vizio remote control to be rather rinky-dink. Very imprecise control of the volume. Also, watched a full movie on Vizio and found that I needed to adjust volume quite a bit -- loud scenes were too loud, quiet spoken stuff was often too quiet (or dialogue was drowned out by background noise).

- Vizio has a much bigger, "boomier" sound. Feels more like you're in a movie theater.

- Conversely, Sony has a much more realistic sound. I suspect this is going to be more important when listening to music.

- More types of sound configurations to listen to with Sony, even without HDMI -- Music, Movie, Sports, TV, etc. Haven't really experimented a lot with this, but it's fun to play with.

Summary:

- Both sound a whole lot better than the backward pointing speakers on my Samsung LCD.

- I have a PS3 playing Blu-ray, and I preferred the more realistic sound of the Sony. If Sony will be better with Dolby, TrueHD, and Dolby Digital, then I'll be better off as well. So I'm keeping the Sony and returning the Vizio, especially since I got the Sony cheaper than the Vizio.

- However, I think the Vizio is a good buy. If you're looking for a decent sound bar, don't need the HDMI input, and don't want to shell out for the Yamaha, the Vizio is a perfectly good solution.
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- Both sound a whole lot better than the backward pointing speakers on my Samsung LCD.

Exactly!
If one is in a position where they need the best sound possible from a soundbar they may want to spend more for the topline ZVox, or go with a Yamaha bar, etc. for a larger screen in a small HT theater with limited space.

I think the Vizio is excellent for it's intended purpose, improved audio for a small screen TV.

I ended up with the sub-less $148 model from Wally World and then added a 10" refurb sub from JBL's ebay store for $100 w/shipping (careful bidding).
The result is very satisfying (beyond my expectations) for a BR setup that I can also play DVDs and CDs through.
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I have a chance to get a used YSP-900 for the same price as the Vizio VSB210WS Soundbar. The advantage of the Vizio would be the wireless sub. Adding a sub to the YSP-900 is not a big deal but I would need to place it inside a TV alcove behind the LCD that is mounted over the fireplace. Meaning the sub would be 6 feet off the ground and behind the TV and soundbar. I also have an open room layout with vaulted ceilings.

Tough decision since they are the same price.
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I have a chance to get a used YSP-900 for the same price as the Vizio VSB210WS Soundbar. The advantage of the Vizio would be the wireless sub. Adding a sub to the YSP-900 is not a big deal but I would need to place it inside a TV alcove behind the LCD that is mounted over the fireplace. Meaning the sub would be 6 feet off the ground and behind the TV and soundbar. I also have an open room layout with vaulted ceilings.

Tough decision since they are the same price.

I'd be tempted to go with the Yamaha for that price, not sure how much better it sounds..but only if you can add a sub to it. As I said above, I added a JBL refurb which is likely a little better than Vizio's proprietary sub.
I think the only real deal-breaker is if you really NEED a WIRELESS sub.
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OK, this is my very first post in the entire forum!

I bought the Vizio Soundbar for my living room. I wanted better sound, but was unwilling to pay the price for Bose, Yamaha, Sony, etc. I sprung $250 for the Vizio from Costco and hung it right under my television which is a Panasonic 42" Plasma that is a couple years old. I have my cable box and DVD player running into the TV with HDMI cables. Initially I had RCA cables running from the DVR and DVD into the soundbar. I have a Logitech Harmony remote (my wife cussed me out because she had to use too many remotes for all the stuff so I bought her The Lord of the Remotes, for those of you not getting the Lord of the Rings reference, One remote to bind them......OK I think its funny). The Logitech was having trouble switching inputs on the soundbar because the it actually requires a double push, once to let the soundbar know and once to change the input source. I messed around with the remote settings for days and days to no avail. Then I hit up parts express for a splitter and some optical cables. Still wouldn't work because my cable box doesn't have the right type of output. DVD worked fine with the optical out.

Finally, I started looking at the outputs to the television and I WAS SAVED! My Panny has an optical audio output. Ran one of my optical cables from TV to soundbar and TA DAAAA! I turn everything on and off with the press of one button.

So everyone out there worried about lack of outputs use your HDMI's and optical out on your TV and there won't be a single problem with any device. Some of the newer TVs have at least 4 HDMI inputs. Plus you can get switching splitters if you need them.

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