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A 2.1-channel soundbar that features a two-channel front speaker array and a wireless active subwoofer. This model provides decoding of standard digital-audio signals.
About This Brand
A major TV brand, Vizio has also entered several audio and video categories. The company offers 2.0-, 2.1-, and 5.1-channel sound bar speaker systems—some with wireless rear speakers—and a speaker base that complements its TV line. Vizio’s products are typically value priced.
Features & Specs - Vizio S3821w
Video player disc capacity The number of discs that the video player can handle.
Video player disc capacity
Active subwoofer Has a built-in amplifier and typically has a bass level control (independent of controls on a receiver).
Wireless subwoofer Yes' indicates that the model comes with a powered wireless subwoofer. "Optional' indicates that accessories (transmitter and wireless amplifiers) are available that allow signals to be wirelessly transmitted the amplifers that power a subwoofer. 'No' indicates that the models does not provide for wireless operation of a subwoofer.
Receiver OSD Receiver OSD Onscreen display lets you view the receiver's menus on a TV screen, a squint-free alternative to using the receiver's LED or LCD display.
Auto speaker calibration System comes with a microphone to automatically adjust speaker sound levels, delays, and possibly more to balance the surround effect for your room size and speaker setup.
Auto speaker calibration
Plays 3D Blu-ray discs Plays 3-D Blu-ray discs; for 3D operation, it requires a 3D TV and 3D glasses, as well a 3D Blu-ray movie.
Plays 3D Blu-ray discs
Analog to HDMI video conversion Can convert analog video input signals (Composite, S-Video, Component) to digital and output them via the HDMI connection.
Analog to HDMI video conversion
3D capable HDMI switching Will pass a 3-D video signal when switching HDMI cable connected 3-D source devices to a 3-D TV.
3D capable HDMI switching
FM tuner Receiver has a built-in FM radio tuner.
AM tuner Receiver has built-in AM radio tuner.
Internet streaming access Can receive audio or video streams from various online entertainment services, such as movies from Netflix or Amazon Video on Demand, or Pandora Internet radio. Requires a broadband internet connection and -- depending on the service -- a subscription.
Internet streaming access
Stereo analog audio (in/out) Stereo analog audio (in/out) lists the number of stereo (two-channel) analog audio input and output connections. These are useful for connecting two-channel analog audio devices such as a TV, set-top box, non-integrated video disc player, etc.
Same complaint as the others. Remote stopped working, also my universal remote stopped talking to the sound bar. Took it back and got a refund. All Vizio products seem to have software problems.I am done with the brand.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Lost and confused
from Sewell, NJ
After a few months of use the remote stopped working so I changed the bateries to no avail. Wrote Vizio and they said it lost it's programming. What? A remote lost it's programming? They gave me the procedure to reprogram and it worked, for a bout a month. Two nights ago it lost it's programming again. And the sound quality of this unit is no better than the RCA unit it replaced.<br /><br />Steer clear of this one!