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VIZIO SB4020E-A0 40-Inch 2.0 Home Theater Sound Bar (Old Version)

3.4 out of 5 stars 94 customer reviews
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  • 95dB of room filling, crystal clear sound with less than 1% total harmonic distortion
  • The perfect home theater solution for 42-Inch and larger TVs
  • Powerful audio performance with SRS TruSurround HD and SRS TruVolume technology
  • Connect to your TV with an easy, one-cable setup
  • *Sound Pressure Level measured using pink noise at 1 meter, C-weighted. Total harmonic distortion calculated as electrical measurement of amplifier distortion.

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: VIZIO
  • Model Number: SB4020E-A0
  • Output Wattage: 110 Watts

Product Description

Product Description

Upgrade to premium audio with VIZIO’s 40-Inch 2.0 Home Theater Sound Bar. Its sophisticated design and slim profile make an attractive addition to any 42-Inch TV and larger. This sound bar features stereo full-range drivers and comes packed with SRS TruVolume for a TV viewing experience with fewer volume fluctuations and SRS TruSurround HD delivers immersive surround sound without the need for cumbersome rear speakers. Setup has never been easier-just connect the included audio cable to your TV and indulge in powerful, immersive audio.

From the Manufacturer

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An authentic home theater experience demands crystal-clear sound as immersive as your HDTV picture. VIZIO’s stylish family of sound bars are crafted to fill any room with pitch-perfect audio that elevates all your favorite entertainment to a whole new level.

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Streamlined For Style
Stunning Design. Superior Craftsmanship.

VIZIO combines sleek industrial design with advanced audio technology to create a lineup of sound bars that are elegantly eye-catching enough to mount on any wall or tabletop, yet conveniently slim enough to place discreetly in any space.

Elegant Simplicity
One-Step Set Up.

With just a single cable required to connect any VIZIO sound bar, enjoying enhanced home theater audio has never been simpler. Each home theater system is designed for maximum ease with minimal clutter, even down to the wireless remote that is included with each sound bar.

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Impressive Performance. Immersive Experience.

VIZIO sound bars pack up to 95 dB of room-filling sound and deep resonant bass into a small footprint, with less than 1% total harmonic distortion.** Movies, games and music are enhanced with additional boosts from state-of-the-art SRS technologies to complete an unparalleled home theater audio experience.

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Technical Specs
Specifications
Sound Bar Size: 40"
Sound Bar Speakers: Stereo 2.75” Full Range Drivers
Sound Pressure Level: 95dB
Sound Bar Frequency: 90Hz – 19.5KHz
Sound Enhancement Technology: SRS TruSurround HD, SRS TruVolume
Sound Bar Buttons: Power, Input, Volume Up, Volume
Down
Remote: Yes
Power Input: 100-240V~50/60Hz
Package Contents: Sound Bar, Power Adapter with
Power Cord, 3.5mm to RCA Audio
Cable, Quick Start Guide, Remote
Control with Battery
Connections (Rear)
Analog Audio Input: 1 x RCA
Analog Audio Input: 1 x3.5mm Mini Jack
Digital Audio Input: 1 x Optical (Toslink)
Subwoofer Output: 1 x RCA
Weight
Gross: 7.1lbs
Net With Stand: 5.7lbs
Dimensions
With Stand: 40.72"W x 3.28"H x 2.50"D
Packaging Dimensions: 45.6"W x 5.2"H x 3.9"D

* Source: The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service Based on Units Sold January – October 2012

** Sound Pressure Level measured using pink noise at 1 meter, C-weighted. Total harmonic distortion calculated as electrical measurement of amplifier distortion.


Product Information

Product Dimensions 2.5 x 40.7 x 3.3 inches
Item Weight 5.7 pounds
Shipping Weight 7.2 pounds
Manufacturer VIZIO
ASIN B00A3NDOQ6
Item model number SB4020E-A0
Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
Customer Reviews
3.4 out of 5 stars 94 customer reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #91,456 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
#349 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Home Theater Systems > Sound Bars
#7,522 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Speakers
Date first available at Amazon.com November 1, 2012

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Style Name: 2.0 Channel
I purchased this soundbar from a local store after reading reviews of other Vizio soundbars. This one was just released, so I took a chance and bought it. I already own a powered subwoofer, so I have a 2.1 system for the price of a 2.0 one. It was easy to hook up and as a Radio and Audio engineer, I can say it has decent sound for the price. The remote is easy to use and the led lights on the right had edge let me know what the settings are.

I would definitely recommend this as an inexpensive audio upgrade for most 37 to 40+ inch flat panel televisions.
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My rating is not a response to the incompatibility with my TV, but I will start with that as others may purchase this by mistake also. I have a Panasonic Viera 3d TCLxxET5 LED TV and I have discovered (with no help from Vizio support) that my TV only outputs over optical in Dolby Digital. This sound bar cannot decode the dolby digital signal. If you want one of the new Vizio sound bars make sure to get the M model and not this E model. The M states that it can decode Dolby Digital.

I have been looking for a sound bar under $200 and without an external subwoofer. I narrowed it down to the M series model and the Yamaha YAS-100 aka ATS-1010. Since the M series was not available locally I decided to go to Target and pickup this E series as I was not going to make a decision before hearing how it sounds. Since the E series has the same speakers as the M I figured this would be the closest I could get to the M. I was hoping to go with the Vizio versus the Yamaha to save $100.

I hooked both units up to a different TV that outputted PCM which the Vizio could decode. The sound was better and louder on the Yamaha along with the bass. No surprise with the bass since the Yamaha has two dedicated subwoofers. I'm not an audiophile by any means so I can't give much more detail besides the Yamaha sounds better... enough for me to go with it over the less expensive Vizio. The Yamaha had many more features than the Vizio also such as IR transmitter, ability to learn your remote so you only need one, etc.

One of the most annoying things about the Vizio was the optical port location. It is a pain in the @*$ to plug in and take out. Of course you probably wouldn't have to do that very often, but still... poor design.
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My 5.1 home theater system wasn't compatible with my new VIZIO 42" flat screen T.V. so I needed something else to improve it's anemic sound, especially when watching music channels. I obsessively looked at all the sound bar options out there and settled on this one due to a mixture of price and reviews. So far, I can say I'm pleased, but it didn't blow me away.

It sits unobtrusively in front of my T.V. It doesn't block the IR function of the T.V. It was easy to attach to the T.V. using the included cable. It cannot be programmed into your T.V.s remote. The remote has seperate volumes for bass and overall volume. This actually works nice as DW isn't crazy about alot of bass during movies.

This definitely improves the sound and makes watching Palladia a pleasure. It is not the same as the 5.1 system I had, but it is an improvement. It's good.
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Optical cable does not plug into Vizio optical input due to design problem. Called Vizio to see if they have a special cable, said he thinks I need a skinny optical cable? but didn't know where I could find the cable, they didn't have any or know of any. Standard optical cable will not fit into Vizio's optical input due to placement of input. Input is placed so close to bottom shelf and butts up to component inputs. My plasma TV only has a optical output, so I either have to purchase a optical to component convertor ($35) or so how use their component inputs.
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I bought this new soundbar for my Panasonic Flat screen TV as the sound output was not upto the mark. When I hooked up the Vizio it had made a big difference to viewing movies & soaps as the voice clarity is too good and no latency. Its really hard to believe the sound output is not throught the TV but the Soundbar. Worth the money .. 5***** to the product.
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By Raven on December 23, 2015
Style Name: 2.0 Channel Verified Purchase
It works well.
The reason I gave it four instead of five stars is,It doesn't turn on with the tv.
You have to manually turn it on everytime you turn on your tv.
It will turn itself off after there has been no sound for a while.
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I bought this for my 60" Vizio television because everyone in my house tends to turn the volume up to 50+ and I've been told its not good for the speakers that are built-in to the tv. I was told to purchase a sound bar to get a surround sound quality and also so I could turn it up without worrying about doing damage. Everyone was right - the sound quality is very clear, the surround sound affect is nice & even when I turn it up all the way it stays clear and doesn't "shake" or "crack" (the sound). The bass is also great! I'm very happy with this & was also very happy with the price. I'm even happier that it was so easy to install! I would definitely recommend this sound bar & this seller. I don't know too much about electronics, but, I'm very pleased with the sound difference from my tv speakers to this.
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