Amazon has reviews of the bar from their Vine users (people who order enough stuff start getting advance products for free to test). So maybe we actually start seeing this thing at retail soon.
Yes it is!! Although Vizio just listed it on their site... Not for sale yet..
Matched with an 80" Vizio display....
Finally a Soundbar that doesn't sound like a Soundbar....
and I've tried a few, quite a few.
This thing sounds like a sound system..... a good sound system!
Dialog is crystal clear, bass is strong, midrange is outstanding and highs are clean never bright.
Setup was easy, integration (Arc) works perfectly with Vizio dispay.
This is a keeper for sure...
How could it be better.... well wireless surround speakers would be great.
The other Soundbars I've heard tended to get very bright when pushed hard..... to my ears.
To put it another way... I don't feel like I'm missing anything.
The highs sound sweet, never harsh.
Another strength of this Soundbar is dynamics.... It plays really loud without strain.
I ask this because the June 13 About.com piece on the Vizio describes the wireless connection as 2.4 ghz, but a call into Vizio produced an answer (from a rep) that it does not use wifi.
Last edited by taichi4; 06-16-2014 at 10:53 AM.
Remember, most soundbars are compromises in comparison with discrete speakers, including the distance the speakers maintain from each other. A longer soundbar is less of a compromise.
The 54 inch also has more robust drivers and will produce more volume without distorting.
I was also wanting any opinions of which system to go with: Vizio 54in 3.0 system or the 42in 5.1. I am looking to upgrade from the tv internal speakers and am most concerned about hearing voices on tv shows and movies. I have a 65in tv about 15 feet away in a wide open room and no wall behind the viewer.
Unlike the 3.0 you get a decent subwoofer and true surround, and unlike the 42 inch you get more robust speakers, and a bigger soundstage.
The 54 inch 5.1 appears to be Vizio's best soundbar.
The 5.1 is twice the cost of the 3.0 (250 vs 500) in your opinion is the addition of the rear speakers and subwoofer worth it?
With price a consideration, which would you choose between given only the 3.0 54in and the 5.1 42in (assuming the 54in 5.1 isn't an option due to high cost)
Last edited by pinky679; 06-23-2014 at 01:01 PM.
The 3.0 soundbar cannot produce truly satisfying bass without a subwoofer, as reflected in a number of Amazon reviews. Some reviewers complain of the device buzzing when producing low bass. (You should read reviews on all three of the soundbars.) Also, 5.1 is not just about hearing sounds behind you, but also creating a fuller, more immersive soundfield. 3.0 will not provide that.
The 42 inch soundbar produces less satisfying bass than the 54 inch 5.1, and will not provide the expansive front soundstage, nor produce as much robustness in sound. In my opinion, you really do need the separation between the drivers in the longer soundbar to create a more detailed soundstage, and to make you less conscious of listening to a soundbar.
The way I look at it, you're saving considerable money with a soundba over a separate audio system, so you should get the device which most fully emulates a complete audio system.
Any idea if there is any real differences in the 54in 5.1 and 3.0 soundbars themselves.
I was thinking of starting with the 3.0 and adding a subwoofer and rear speakers at a later time. The only difference I see is that I would have to use a wired subwoofer but I could get a good wired subwoofer/satellite speaker set for alot less then the 250 difference between the 5.1 and 3.0.
So, all in all, I would bite the bullet and get the 54 inch 5.1. I think you would be impressed with the fullness of the sound.
With regard to the 42 inch model, ArcticHaze, it really depends on how happy you are with it. It cannot have as wide or as detailed if a soundstage or as deep a bass as the 5.1 model, but if in your environment you're happy with it then that might be good enough.
I'm basing this on analysis of the specs and the reviews that are available. I'm still waiting for some local store to carry the 5.1 so that I can hear it, but based on the technology and preliminary reviews, it sounds like the soundbar to beat... and it's far less expensive than what I would think would be its competitors.
I will post my review once it arrives on Wednesday Hopefully I sell my 42 inch fairly quick.
Last edited by ArcticHaze; 06-23-2014 at 06:17 PM.
It cannot help but be an improvement all around, and I'll be surprised if you're not pleased. The Amazon buyers are.
As an early adopter your review will be a valuable contribution to this forum.
At the same time, an additional twelve inches of length, more robust speakers, and a larger sub will have undoubted benefits.
Do you guys know if the satellite speakers are the same between the 42 and the 54 models?