Originally Posted by JoeFigueiredo
Do you have the model number for the Vizio? Is it the VSB210WS? I wonder if I can get it in Canada.
Model number in the US is VSB200 for the sound bar by itself or VSB210WS for the soundbar with wireless sub.
I'm not sure if Wal-Mart is in Canada. If so, their prices are usually quite good for these.
I really can't argue with the other users comments on the Yamaha soundbar. My number one complaint was the lack of dynamic range. Voices and sound overall were quite good. However, the Yamaha models from 2007/2008 definetly used sound processing to create the surround effect. Unless you have motorized drivers (they don't), you have to use phase shift to redirect the sound. This is not exactly the same as artificial surround as used by almost every other soundbar including the Vizio. However, this is still audible.
I'm not sure if any of the other users have used their Yamaha as a straight high fidelity speaker (2.1 or 3.1). When I turn off the surround and listen for a few minutes, it is like a layer of film has been removed from the sound.
Also, not having listened to any of their newer models, any and all of my minor complaints may have now been rectified.
As I stated, I was looking for better sound with the Yamaha, Sony and Vizio. Surround was a minor consideration. I still have my Onkyo receiver connected to a pair of Inifinity speakers and subwoofer. At our old home their were also multiple channels of sound with center and rear speakers. Even after a THX certifed calibration, I usually thought the surround sounded contrived on most content and this was over $10,000 work of equipment. It did not sound like what I heard in a properly calibrated theater.