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VIZIO Smartcast Wireless Sound Bar System (review)

“Sound is half the experience in seeing a film” – George Lucas

As television has become the dominating force in delivering entertainment, home theaters have become the norm in most households.  Regardless of price, there are quality options for virtually every budget.  Unfortunately, most uninformed buyers focus on the screen; sharpness, and size and foolishly determine sound quality by volume.

That being said, having had a previous VIZIO Sound Bar, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this newer model (SB3651-E6), that VIZIO provided in exchange for this review.

Suffice to say, I was anything but disappointed.

There’s no question that this might be the most comprehensive set-up materials of any electronic device that I’ve ever had.  Beyond the 36″ Sound Bar itself, the box also contained a wireless subwoofer, two satellite speakers and a remote control.  Also included are a number of cables: a stereo RCA to 3.5mm audio cable, 3.5mm to 3.5 mm audio cable, a coaxial audio cable, HDMI cable, 2 satellite speaker audio cables, a digital optical cable, 2 power cables, wall mount screws and brackets and cable ties.

In other words, everything is in there.

Two noticeable additions to the box’s contents is the appearance of two satellite speakers which is pretty neat.  There’s also an upgrade to the remote control, adding a small display screen.

It literally only took a few minutes to set the sound bar up, with the most time being spent on where to put the satellite speakers.  Once everything is plugged in, it works smoothly.

In addition, the unit also has a Dolby Digital decoder which reproduces multi-channel audio to deliver a cinematic audio experience. In addition, VIZIO has added Bluetooth allowing you to stream audio from a compatible Bluetooth-enabled device.  Finally, there’s an Ethernet port which will allow you to Chromecast from a large selection of apps.

Sound quality is where this unit shines, and where it fulfills Lucas’ observation.  It completes the experience with a bold, rich and powerful sound and the additional speakers provide a truly cinematic experience.

The VIZIO Smartcast SB3651-E6 Wireless Sound Bar System retails for $249.99 and complements any home theater with a high end audio system that provides both an effortless set-up and superior sound quality.

 

VIZIO provided me with the sound bar that I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own. Images courtesy of VIZIO.

 

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