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Official Vizio 2020/2021 Soundbars Thread

Welcome to the Vizio 2020/2021 soundbars thread. This is the thread to post your questions, thoughts, and overall experience with any of these new Vizio soundbars. Here's the entire confirmed lineup:

V-series: The entry-level soundbar of the year and will by far be the most affordable of them all. It'll have up to 6 total drivers, SPL up to 96, Voice Assistant input, HDMI-ARC, DTS Virtual:X (it allows you to experience immersive sound without any height speakers), Dual Stereo Mode (V51 only), Front Surround Mode (V51 only), supports just Dolby Digital and DTS Digital Surround 5.1 decoding (only for the 5.1 soundbar), and 4K HDR passthrough.

M-series All-in-one: A slight step-up from the V-series, this all-in-one soundbar is of course just the soundbar only and has built-in subwoofers. Has 100 SPL, DTS Virtual:X (read above to see the purpose of this), and a HDMI input with 4K HDR pass through support.

M-series: The most mid-range model of the year. Stepping up from the below two, this one you'll gain a ton of features such as SPL up to 103, 4K HDR pass through (Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HDR10+), HDMI-eARC (allows you to send lossless uncompressed audio from the TV to the sound device), one HDMI input, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X 5.1.2.

Elevate: The flagship model of the year thus it'll be the most expensive of them all. Stepping up from the M-series, you gain 18 total drivers, 107 SPL, two HDMI inputs, built-in Chromecast, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X 5.1.4, and Auto-Rotating drivers. How that works is that when playing anything in DTS:X or Atmos, the rotating drivers will raise up to perform the height effects, when playing just Stereo or 5.1/7.1 content the rotating drivers raise down.

Fun Facts: The remotes are getting a brand new design, they look way better than the previous designs that has been in use for years. Hopefully using the remotes will be better too.

This year makes the official debut for DTS:X support on Vizio soundbars since last year and the year before that, Vizio only supported its more popular rival Dolby Atmos.

The flagship soundbar Elevate is mostly designed to be the perfect compliment with Vizio's first OLED TV coming soon this year.
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UPDATE: The website on the Audio Collection page changed its year from 2020 to 2021. I'm sure pretty these soundbars will still come out this year, but it is likely that they will also carry over well unto 2021 thus don't expect Vizio to do anymore soundbars after this until 2022. Hopefully I'm not wrong on this.

EDIT: Will likely launch on June 30th, 2020 according to Vizio.
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UPDATE: The website on the Audio Collection page changed its year from 2020 to 2021. I'm sure pretty these soundbars will still come out this year, but it is likely that they will also carry over well unto 2021 thus don't expect Vizio to do anymore soundbars after this until 2022. Hopefully I'm not wrong on this.

EDIT: Will likely launch on June 30th, 2020 according to Vizio.
If so that would be great news. However displaying it at the Red Dot museum was nixed because of COVID 19

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Elevate launches tommorow

https://www.vizio.com/2021-audio-collection


Looks like they launch tommorow June 30th. I'm keeping my eyes peeled on Amazon and on Best Buy's website
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Today is the day, the soundbars are now active on the Vizio website, but not available for purchase just yet! But here are the final prices for the soundbars this year:
V21 - $179.99 (now available)
V51 - $249.99 (coming on July 5th)
M-Series All-in-one - $149.99 (coming on July 26th)
Elevate - $999.99 (coming this Fall)

That's all for now. No final price on the M-Series 5.1.2 Atmos/DTS:X soundbar yet.

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Today is the day, the soundbars are now active on the Vizio website, but not available for purchase just yet! But here are the final prices for the soundbars this year:
V21 - $179.99 (now available)
V51 - $249.99 (coming on July 5th)
M-Series All-in-one - $149.99 (coming on July 26th)
Elevate - $999.99 (coming this Fall)

That's all for now. No final price on the M-Series 5.1.2 Atmos/DTS:X soundbar yet.
Thanks for the update! If I had to get a soundbar sometime in the next two weeks for under $1000. Would the V51 be the best one to get or should I be looking at another brand or older generation? I only need the fronts+Atmos+sub. Rears aren't necessary.
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@kram96 Unless you wanna wait for the M-Series 5.1.2 to come out, your best option for now would probably either the LG SN8YG or the Samsung HW-Q70T. For a pre-2020 soundbar, you could also just get the Vizio 3.1.2 soundbar and call it a day.

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Fall? Darn, I was going to buy the Elevate the day it came out and was hoping it was going to be now or in July
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Hmm I have an older Vizio SB4051-CO(M) from Bestbuy and is there any reason besides newer standards to replace it with some of these 5.1 based ones?
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@Lasnap Improved overall sound quality and experience alone makes it worth the upgrade to one of the 2020 Vizio soundbars.

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Thanks for the update! If I had to get a soundbar sometime in the next two weeks for under $1000. Would the V51 be the best one to get or should I be looking at another brand or older generation? I only need the fronts+Atmos+sub. Rears aren't necessary.
Take a look at Sony HT-g700, I am thinking of that unless the TCL 9 series comes out in USA soon. Like you, I do not need rears.
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The Elevate looks cool with the rotating speaker, but it also looks like something that could break easily.

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Take a look at Sony HT-g700, I am thinking of that unless the TCL 9 series comes out in USA soon. Like you, I do not need rears.
Funny.. I've also been waiting for the TCL 9 but I haven't seen anything at all since the announcement.
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M-Series 5.1 and 5.1.2 are now live on the website. According to Vizio, expect those to come this Holiday season, but I hope they come out well before the Holidays. Still no confirmed prices yet though.

https://www.vizio.com/en/sound-bar/m-series

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Anyone know what the difference between the m-series 5.1 and the v-series 5.1 bars is? I see they are pushing the 5.1.2 m-sereies bar on the page but I am personally more interested in the 5.1 one over it.
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Besides Atmos and DTS:X support (5.1.2 only), the M-Series has eARC support and marginally better overall audio and subwoofer quality, I think that's it. If you don't care about eARC which allows lossless audio to passthrough from TV to soundbar such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, then the V-Series 5.1 is a fine option too.

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Yeah looks like the V-Series 5.1 would be my go to then as my 2011 Vizio HDTV doesn't have eARC and I just use the toslink connection since the TV pushes Dolby Digital out over it. I do plug my PC in via HDMI straight into the bar for movies and stuff for bitstreaming DTS and Dolby from my own rips.
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