Originally Posted by best_2015
This sound bar looks amazing. But I think that Yamaha has made something better than this.
What is attractive about the Vizio, at least to me, is the wireless sub feeding the satellites, because that form factor eliminates the need for front to back wiring in the room. Also, real 5.1 with rear speakers beats simulated surround by a wide margin in my experience.
That said, I think the audio quality is just OK on the Vizio (and on most soundbars frankly). Also, the 5.1 implementation is a quite weird on the Vizio because it combines the left/right signals on the surround speakers to at least some extent. The real 5.1 killer for me though is that it isn't possible to adjust sound levels equally because: 1) The 5.1 implementation is too weird to properly handle test signals for adjustment with an SPL meter; and 2) The speaker trim controls don't have enough range or control to balance levels with whatever limited test signals you are able to force through it.
I've had the Vizio for a few months and have yet to hear any left/right directionality out of the front soundbar for this reason (even with center channel level turned down to minimum). You might hear some directionality if you sit towards the front of the room, but from our back of the room viewing there is none (at least in our setup).
If you are a casual AV fan, the Vizio performance might be good enough and the form factor is GREAT. If you are hardcore A/V, it's limitations might frustrate you.
I'm not sure there are any other affordable soundbars that sound great, so I will probably dump the Vizio and replace it with a small true (non-soundbar) 5.1 system.
Hope this helps!