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JUST WHAT I NEEDED,
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This review is from: VIZIO S5430W-C2 54-Inch 3.0 Soundbar (Black) (Electronics)
If you own a vizio 60 inch tv you probably need this if you enjoy a more dynamic sound experience. Before the superbowl last year I purchased a vizio e series smart tv on sale and have enjoyed it very much over the past year or so and have it mounted to the wall and looks great. Problem though with it being so thin I imagine trying to engineer any type of decent sound to come out of it was pretty difficult and the result to me is it sounds very tinny with little to no bass to speak of. Vizios answer I feel is this exact soundbar which looks great and is exactly the same width of the television and again looks great mounted underneath it and was a breeze to install. The power cable and optical cable are virtually invisible between the two. Only suggestion I have is not to send your wife to the hardware store to get drywall anchors because they have things at the hardware store that are appealing to women and they ended up costing about $30.00 for the four I needed. It is probably recommended to install to a stud but if you buy a quality anchor which you will need four of them it is not a problem at all. Additionally which I found was very nice was a template that you tape to the wall and you can mark where the brackets need to be. If you can hang a picture frame this project should be similar.
As for sound quality........pretty decent for what I expected. Movies there is a drastic improvement and didn't notice much distortion even when at max volume. Music on the other hand is decent but does distort some when turned up and I have turned it up to the max and about 3/4 volume I noticed it starting to distort. Is this unit going to rattle pictures off the wall and piss your neighbors off?????No. Is it a DRASTIC improvement???? I say MOST DEFINATELY. Also considering if you do your research there are two options for larger tvs and if you were SHARP you might want to consider this especially if you dont want to dedicate a space in your home for a subwoofer as the bass modules or whatever they are do a pretty decent job.
Another note I would like to make that the remote has a display and is quite nice but atleast on my vizio tv the remote is virtually obsolete which actually is quite nice because I have a tendancy to lose them often. If your tv is off the soundbar shuts off and when you turn your tv back on(if you didnt lose that remote) adjust the volume a click and the thing turns on very handy.
Overall I am very pleased with my purchase as I consider myself a vinyl junkie and sound is important to me. But these days who has room for a 7.1 sound system(unless it's in your basement) and also who likes looking at cables all over their living room?
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Initial post: Jan 21, 2014 6:05:10 PM PST
,Andrew Dye says:
Sound equipment should never be turned up "to the max". Of course you'll have some distortion. Use it for what it was designed and you'll have no issues.
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