The brand new Vizio V-Collection 2.1-Channel Soundbar is one a part of an entire revamp of Vizio’s audio lineup, and it represents the corporate’s entry-level providing.
There was a time when getting nice front room audio meant paying an arm and a leg. That, nonetheless, has modified. Today you will get a good soundbar or set of audio system to noticeably enhance in your TVs audio for below $200.
The Vizio V-Collection 2.1-Channel Soundbar resides proof.
However at such a low worth, it’s nearly unthinkable that Vizio wouldn’t have to chop some main corners. The result’s a soundbar that won’t come loaded with options, however delivers within the one space that actually counts: sound high quality.
Value and launch date
The Vizio V-Collection 2.1-Channel Soundbar is new for 2020 and got here out on June 30 2020 for $179.99. That is undoubtedly on the cheaper aspect for soundbars, particularly ones with a wi-fi subwoofer just like the Vizio V-Collection has.
The Vizio V-Collection Soundbar does not break the mildew – however that’s not essentially a nasty factor. The gadget is way from ugly, and it’ll look good in entrance of any TV, with out drawing a lot consideration to itself.
On the entrance of the soundbar, you’ll get a pleasant textile overlaying, whereas on the highest and backside there’s a plastic housing. Additionally on the highest is the place you’ll discover bodily buttons to manage the soundbar within the occasion that you just don’t wish to use the distant. There are quantity controls, an enter selector, a Bluetooth button, and an influence button.
On the again is the place you’ll discover the inputs and outputs of the gadget. There’s a HDMI ARC enter, an optical enter, and two aux ports – one among which is aimed toward getting used particularly for a digital assistant. We’ll get into what meaning a bit later, nevertheless it’s a pleasant contact on a soundbar on this worth vary.
The Vizio V-Collection 2.1-Channel soundbar comes with a subwoofer that connects to the bar wirelessly, and it’s comparatively smooth and classy too. It’s one other black field, with an influence button and bass port on the again. There’s little it’s a must to do with the subwoofer besides discover a place to place it and plug it in – after which it’ll robotically connect with the bar, and you may just about neglect about it.
Final however not least is the distant, and it’s fairly straightforward to make use of and well-designed. The distant gives controls for inputs, quantity, and EQ settings. The soundbar itself signifies its enter primarily based on the colour of LED gentle on the entrance – and on the again of the distant there’s a key that will help you determine which enter is which. We’d have most popular a special solution to decide which enter the soundbar is ready to, however the color-coded system works tremendous, and lots of will most likely set it and neglect about it anyway.
Establishing the soundbar is extraordinarily straightforward… except you neglect concerning the enter key, like we did. Merely plug it in, change the audio settings in your TV if that you must, and set the fitting enter.
The Vizio V-Collection 2.1-Channel Soundbar has a good collection of particular options that ought to assist make it extra helpful than some others. For starters, there’s the digital assistant assist, which is helpful for many who wish to use a wise gadget like an Echo Enter or Echo Dot on a much bigger speaker. In fact, it could have been even nicer if Vizio went a step additional and really supplied a digital assistant inbuilt, however within the absence of that, the assistant assist it does supply is fairly good.
There’s additionally a mode to permit the assistant to talk over the speaker even when it’s set to a different enter, which is helpful because you most likely gained’t wish to hold the assistant as the one factor that may play. That may find yourself biting you within the butt at occasions although – it treats all Bluetooth connections as digital assistant connections, and because of this you possibly can find yourself by chance enjoying your telephone’s audio over your TV present. It is smart this may occur, nevertheless it’s nonetheless annoying.
You gained’t get assist for all the flowery audio requirements on this soundbar, however for a product on this worth vary, it does effectively. You’ll get assist for DTS Digital:X, by way of the three audio system constructed into the soundbar, and the subwoofer. Plus, you possibly can fairly simply tweak the general EQ of the audio straight from the distant.
A smorgasbord of options are nice, however truly sounding nice is one other factor altogether. Fortunately, the Vizio V-Collection 2.1-Channel soundbar delivers there.
For starters, the bass response on the soundbar is heavy and powerful. The subwoofer technically solely helps audio right down to 50Hz, however even that is sufficient to significantly rumble a room within the case of an explosion or automobile engine.
The mid vary delivers too. The soundbar gives a comparatively heat frequency response, with a good quantity of low mids, and barely tucked away excessive mids. That’s not a nasty factor – whereas not fully flat, the warm-and-scooped frequency response is frequent for a motive: It sounds fairly good, nearly all of the time.
The highs are well-defined and clear, guaranteeing that there’s a great quantity of element, it doesn’t matter what you’re listening to. Certain, you gained’t get the identical element that you’d anticipate from way more costly audio system, nevertheless it’s actually going to be higher than the audio system constructed into your TV.
The soundbar sounds nice in quite a lot of completely different settings, each for watching TV exhibits and flicks, and easily for listening to music. Whether or not we had been watching one thing explosive and action-packed, like Avengers: Endgame, or one thing a bit toned-back, like Brooklyn 9-9, the soundbar delivered well-separated audio with sufficient element to maintain issues fascinating.
The DTS Digital:X assist is a pleasant contact too. The vast majority of the time, we saved the setting turned on, because it added an immersive contact to the audio expertise that didn’t really feel gimmicky or badly-implemented. Certain, truly having rear audio system, as you’ll get within the 5.1-Channel configuration, will certainly ship an much more immersive expertise, however with out precise encompass sound that is the subsequent neatest thing on this worth vary.
Vizio has been a price range and mid vary champion for various years now, and the V-Collection 2.1-Channel soundbar is an ideal instance of why. The soundbar is comparatively no-nonsense, nevertheless it gives some helpful options to assist it slot in in a world of digital assistants and more and more clever audio algorithms.
It’s not excellent although. Whereas the digital assistant assist is good, you’ll have to recollect to handle your connections and inputs, and whereas the DTS Digital:X assist is immersive, it’s price upgrading to the 5.1-channel setup should you can afford it and have the house. However, when you’ve got a price range of below $200 and desire a step up out of your TV’s built-in audio system, you possibly can’t do higher than this.