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Our old sound bar was not what we’d hoped, so we were hesitant to pull the trigger on another one. We worked with our friends at Vizio who helped us find a Vizio Sound Bar that made us love watching TV and movies again. Check out their new 2017 Vizio 26″ 5.1 SmartCast Wireless Sound Bar System.
When we installed our brand new Vizio M-Series Home Theater Display, we connected our old wireless sound bar and was so excited to have drastically upgraded how we watch TV. Soon, however, we realized that it was our sound bar that was holding us back from really enjoying our new home theater system. The sound was of poor quality, the audio wouldn’t sync with the picture, we couldn’t figure out how to make it work with our Blu-ray player, and our owner’s manual offered little to no help. It just seemed far more complicated than it should have been.
Once we received our new Vizio SmartCast™ Wireless Sound Bar, the difference was amazing! We had so long ago given up on our “get what you pay for” sound bar and disconnected it. Setup of the new sound bar system was so simple. Immediately, we could hear a difference!
Why We LOVE Our New Vizio Wireless Sound Bar
First, we always believed that digital optical cable was the best way to connect our sound bar. We learned that our Vizio home theater display has a connection called HDMI ARC (Audio Return Cable) which, most importantly to sound bar owners, allows the ability to use one remote for all of your connected devices’ most common functions. This is likely we weren’t having luck hearing audio from other sources when it came to our old sound bar.
We didn’t even know this was a connection option, but we do now, thanks to our friends at Vizio!
Our old sound bar was 3.1; our new one is a 5.1 SmartCast Wireless Sound Bar which, trust me, is a huge difference in immersive sound experience, especially for movies. Plus, adding a wireless subwoofer and rear satellite speakers does make a huge difference in how you enjoy your favorite movie.
The bass, by the way, is completely 17-year-old boy approved. It does have great bass without being annoying. The crystal clear dialogue and the depth of the audio has, more than once, startled me. Think movie theater; when you can hear background noise and you think that birds are actually flying around your head. That’s what it’s like. I love it!
Added Features Of Our Vizio Wireless Sound Bar
We love music as much as we love TV and movies in this house, so we love that we can stream our favorite music from our phone to our Vizio speakers.
Since our Vizio Home Theater Display came with a tablet that doubles as a remote, we can also use the Chromecast app on the tablet to send content, like music or streaming movies, to our display and hear them so much better from our Vizio Sound Bar.
The Vizio Wireless Sound Bar also works with Google Assistant, has Bluetooth built in, and can be wall-mounted, set on your entertainment system, or built in.
Not to sound cliché, but our Vizio 5.2 SmartCast Wireless Sound Bar System has really changed the way we enjoy TV and movies – especially movies!
We were given the All-New 2017 36″ 5.1 VIZIO SmartCast Wireless Sound Bar System to facilitate our reviews. All opinions are our own and were not influenced.