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Vizio S3821w Home theater system & soundbar

 
Approximate retail price:
$122.95
Summary: A 2.1-channel soundbar.
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Community icon11 people have reviewed this model.
Type: Soundbars
User Reviews
User Reviews

 
2.0
Great when it works
1/16/2015
Pros
Cons
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Comment:
At first, I loved this system, the setup was very easy, it sounds fantastic, the bluetooth feature worked just fine, I could listen to Spotify from my smartphone without any problems, but after 3 weeks the remote stopped working, tried resetting it, nothing doing. I ended up returning it. Good thing I was still within the warranty period.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.

 
3.0
Remote won't pair
1/15/2015
Pros
Good sound quality
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
The sound is pretty good, this is my first sound bar and I'm not an audiophile, no complaints on the sound, but I can be easily fooled with even not that great sounding speakers, I would not know the difference. Big upgrade from my Samsung TV's sound. The problem is that the remote won't pair with the TV remote or the cable tv universal remote. I have to use the small remote and that too you have to point directly at the sound bar, something like Apple TV remote and it is not very sensitive, so every time you have to adjust the volume you have to go and grab the remote, correctly point and press buttons. Not at all convenient, will remove 2 stars. Will I recommend, yes I will since it sounds okay and someone will be able to pair it with the remote ( I tried multiple options even called the customer care )
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

 
3.0
Volume regulation inadequate
1/11/2015
Pros
Inexpensive
Cons
Steps In Volume Too Large
Best Uses
HDTV
Comment:
The controls are a pain and non-intuitive. You will need the instructions to hand. But the main problem is the steps in the volume are too large so that you could be unlucky, like us, and have a setting that is either too soft or too loud for your room.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
The Vizio S3821w is part of the Home theater systems & soundbars test program at Consumer Reports. The Vizio S3821w Home theater systems & soundbars features and specs include Component-video (in/out), AM tuner, Active subwoofer, Auto speaker calibration, Coaxial digital audio (in/out), FM tuner, iPod dock, Analog to HDMI video conversion, Video player disc capacity, Wireless surround speaker amps, HDMI (in/out), Internet streaming access, Optical digital audio (in/out), Receiver OSD, Stereo analog audio (in/out), Plays 3D Blu-ray discs, 3D capable HDMI switching, Ethernet connection, WiFi connection, Wireless subwoofer. In our lab tests, Home theater systems & soundbars models like the Vizio S3821w are reviewed on Sound quality, Versatility, Ease of use, Number of channels, Number of speakers supplied, Overall score, HD picture quality, 480i DVD picture quality, Upconverted DVD picture quality. Consumer Reports subscribers share reviews of the Vizio S3821w based on personal experience. The user reviews of the Vizio S3821w include star ratings, pros, cons, best uses, and a bottom line review to help guide your purchasing decision of the Vizio S3821w.
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