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Vizio VSB210WS 2.1 Channel Home Theater System with Wireless Subwoofer - Review

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Vizio VSB210WS 2.1 Channel Home Theater System - Triple View

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The Bottom Line

Vizio is not the first brand you think of when considering a home theater system, but with the VSB210WS, it offers an attractive compact, self-contained, easy-to-use system that can complement a flat panel television and create an intimate, but satisfying home theater viewing and listening experience. The system combines a main unit that houses a 2 channel speaker/amplifier, with a wireless subwoofer, making it a 2.1 channel system. The Sub receives audio signals from the main unit without the need for an unsightly audio cable. For a close-up, visual, look, at the VSB210WS, also check out my Photo Gallery.

Pros

  • Straight forward setup.
  • Wireless Subwoofer capability reduces cable clutter.
  • Good sound quality from both main sound bar unit and subwoofer.
  • SRS TruSurround HD provides satisfactory surround immersion experience.
  • Shelf, table, or wall mount option. Wall mounting done without additional hardware (except screws).

Cons

  • SRS TruSurround HD surround processing not as distinct as true 5.1 channel system.
  • High frequencies and transient sounds are a little subdued, compared to the mid-range and bass.
  • Subwoofer provides deep bass, but needs a tighter bass image.
  • Remote control is black and buttons hard to see in dark. LEDs on Sound Bar difficult to understand.
  • No Digital Coaxial Audio input - would provide additional connection convenience if included.

Description

  • Home Theater System with 2-channel sound bar and wireless subwoofer.
  • Sound Bar Amplification: 2 channel Integrated Class-D with 15 watts x 2 output and .01% THD (Total Harmonic Distortion).
  • Sound Bar Speakers: 4 x 3" High Efficiency mid/bass transducers and 2 x 3/4" Aluminum Dome Tweeters.
  • Sound Bar Frequency Reponse: 80Hz - 20KHZ; Subwoofer Frequency Reponse: 35 - 80Hz.
  • Inputs: Two sets of RCA analog stereo line inputs and one Digitial Optical input.
  • TruSurround HD processing of two-channel, Dolby Digital/DTS source signals. SRS TruVolume provides dynamic range adjustment.
  • Wireless Subwoofer: 2.4Ghz Band. Wireless Range 10m or 30 feet -Clear Line of Sight. Subwoofer power output: 25 Watts.
  • Compact Wireless remote control and one set of RCA analog audio cables provided.
  • Dimensions: Sound Bar 39.95”W x 4.82”H x 4.33”D; Sub 11.18”W x 12.30” H x 11.87”D - Weight: SoundBar 7.8lbs; Sub 15.5lbs.
  • Suggested Price: $349.99

    For a closer look at the Vizio VSB210WS also check out my Supplementary Photo Gallery

Guide Review - Vizio VSB210WS 2.1 Channel Home Theater System with Wireless Subwoofer - Review

The Vizio VSB210WS is easy to setup. Just unbox the sound bar and subwoofer, plug in the power to each unit with the provided power adapters, turn the sound bar and subwoofer on, activate the wireless subwoofer link by pressing a button on the soundbar (or remote) and subwoofer, and connect an audio source to either the provided analog or digital audio inputs on the soundbar. The total time, less than 15 minutes from box to surround sound.

The VSB210WS delivered good audio performance, keeping in mind that it is a 2.1 channel system, and not a typical 5.1 channel surround sound system. One benefit is that the VSB210WS incorporated SRS TruSurround HD, which provides a very good surround image from two-channel source material utilizing just the sound bar and wireless subwoofer. The surround image generated by SRS TruSurround HD, although not as distinct and precise as a true Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1 channel image, it does provide a satisfactory immerssive listening experience.

Note: When using the Digital Optical input, set source device audio out to PCM.

One surprise: Although the power output ratings would be considered low, even for a soundbar system, the VSB210WS easily delivered room filling sound in a 12x15 foot space.

This system is not a replacement for a true multi-speaker system in a large room, but it is a great option for a basic no-frills surround system that can enhance your TV viewing enjoyment. The Vizio VSB210WS can also be used as a second system in bedroom, office, or secondary family room.

With a little more refinement VSB210WS would be an excellent system, but If you are looking for a practical, basic, solution without investing in a multi-speaker 5.1 channel home theater system, the VSB210WS is a good value, especially for $349.

For a further look at, and explanation of, the VSB210WS, check out my Photo Gallery.

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