Well, okay, so the second bar is better, and I'm satisfied. Thanks to davyo and drfreeman for your advice. I started out thinking my only option was a zvox or boston.
Also it took a second look to discover the input control on the vizio remote. I was looking for something that said audio, but my tv said av instead. All that being said, I've had to rethink the way I'm going to use this soundbar. I had hoped that it would integrate seamlessly with my TV so that it would simply replace the internal speakers, but it seems that if I didn't want to leave the bar on all the time, I would end up with either a few extra button pushes on the vizio remote or the speaker remote. Pity that the tv remote doesn't have an all on all off button like my comcast remote had. Not that turning the speaker on and off is a big deal, but I had planned to simply turn off the internal speaker, and set the remote to external, but that would have been too complicated for my wife to remember that she had to turn on the speaker when she turned on tv. So, I'll just leave the tv speaker on and she can listen to the tv the normal way, and when I want to watch, I'll turn on the bar.
I know, it's complicated.