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Consumer Review: Vizio VSB200 Sound Bar

Updated on July 9, 2014

Big Sound for a Reasonable Price

Vizio's VSB200 HD Sound Bar system is an excellent answer to anyone who has low end build in speakers on their televisions. The system can be found many place online for just under $100. I personally purchased this product due to the speakers on my Phillips LCD TV being inconceivably pointed straight down. This required me to crank up the volume simply to hear the TV from about 15-20 feet away, and at night while my family is trying to sleep this can be a big problem. The VSB200 has solved that problem wonderfully. On it's lowest setting it puts out a crisper, cleaner, and louder sound than my built in TV speakers could at 1/4 of the way up the volume meter. The speakers are aimed at me so it cuts down on the loudness in rooms behind the speaker as well as down the hall.

The sound bar also has a built in SRS TruSurround feature. On regular TV stations, this is not that noticeable and definitely not comparable to a true surround sound system, but while watching Blu-ray movies the quality of sound is much better than that of standard TV speakers.The stand that the sound bar sits on are two metal legs, which can easily be turned to be made into mounting hangers if you would rather the sound bar be hanging below your television.

Positives

  • Cheap
  • Great bang for your buck, the sound quality far exceeds the price
  • Multiple connections
  • Looks sleek
  • SRS TruSurround (if you watch a lot of movies only)

Negatives

  • Remote is finicky and need to be pointed directly at the system
  • No sub-woofer, but the price makes up for this
  • Size: The system is quite long, it also stands up fairly high when sitting on the metal legs. This may cause and issue if your TV is on a stand and you are looking up at it from a bed or couch.

Would I recommend it?

Overall I would suggest this product to anyone on a budget wanting bigger sound from their TV system without wanting to spend hundreds on a full home audio system. Perfect for college dorms or small apartments where big budget audio systems really aren't necessary.

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Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 40 x 4.8 inchesAnalog and Optical Digital inputsThe remote can be a bit picky and needs to be pointed directly at the receiver on the unit.
Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 40 x 4.8 inches
Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 40 x 4.8 inches
Analog and Optical Digital inputs
Analog and Optical Digital inputs
The remote can be a bit picky and needs to be pointed directly at the receiver on the unit.
The remote can be a bit picky and needs to be pointed directly at the receiver on the unit.

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