What's this? Overall score is based mainly on sound quality and picture quality for models with video players; ease of use and versatility are also factored in. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
The Vizio VHT215 is part of the home theater system
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, home theater system
models like the VHT215 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Sound quality represents tonal accuracy and ability to reproduce fine sonic detail of the front speakers, subwoofer, center-channel speaker, and surround speakers. Sound quality judgments are made with the system optimized using its own auto speaker set-up function (if so equipped), and with its own tone controls and/or pre-set tone settings (if any) adjusted for most balanced sound.
Ease of use:
Ease of use indicates how easy it is to set up the system and use controls on front panel and remote.
Versatility score is based on the presence or absence of useful features. The inputs and outputs shown are on the receiver. (Does not include outputs on the video player, if that is separate.)
About This Brand
Leading LCD TV brand Vizio now offers 2.0-, 2.1-, and 5.1- wireless sound-bar speaker systems that complement its TV line.
Features & Specs - Vizio VHT215
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.
This does what it's supposed to do: great sound in a small package and NO WIRES all over the room. Very easy to set up. Manual wasn't that good but not too hard to figure out. In the advanced mode a good way to connect my satellite box and blue-ray player to one HDMI port on the TV. A small annoyance is that I have to turn on the soundbar each time I start up either the blue-ray or satellite. Some of the negative reviews make me wonder if the ratings are more about the writers expertise with electronics than the product.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Wichita, KS
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Poor Digital Connections
For various reasons, I originally connected with optical digital connection. Within a short period of time, the optical digital cable would not stay connected and because the small door to the optical digital connection also came off, Vizio would not honor the warranty. Additionally, the sound early on would modulate from high to low. I was told to power down the unit, which helps, but that became a weekly chore until the sound stopped working all together within a year. Poor build quality and poor reliability.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Cincinnati, OH
(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Great sound upgrade & Great value
Easy To Set Up
Interfaces Well With TV
Surround Sound Solution
Really impressed by the ease of setting up this unit and the sound / bass produced by the subwoofer. A terrific value for the money. Works great with the Blu Ray 3D player.