This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
First Look: Vizio VHT510
About Video Comments (0 ) Transcript

First Look: Vizio VHT510

2:21 /

The Vizio VHT510 adds rear speakers to the traditional sound bar design, resulting in outstanding sound quality at an affordable price, although we would have liked more inputs.

Hey, I'm Matthew Moskovciak at CNET.com and this is the Vizio VHT510. This is a sound bar home theater system and it's currently selling for about $320. The main system is pretty standard looking. You've got a long sound bar and a wireless subwoofer, but what makes the VHT510 unique is it includes two rear speakers so you can get a real surround sound effect instead of the simulated surround sound effect that many other sound bars do. Even smarter, Vizio designed it so you connect the speakers directly to the wireless subwoofer, instead of the main sound bar. That means you can place the sub and the speakers in the back of the room without needing to run wires from the front of your home theater all the way to the back. Now, we generally prefer the subwoofer to be placed within a few feet of the sound bar so that you get the best blend between the two units, but if you're willing to live with some sonic compromises, it's a pretty nice setup. The included remote is also excellent. It has a dead simple design with just the power button, volume controls, and a mute button, so anyone can pick it up and use it. And if you slide out the bottom, you get a bunch of additional controls, and it's great that you can easily adjust the volume of the sub right on the remote. Connectivity is around the back and it's one of the Vizio's weaknesses. There's just a single optical audio input and an analog audio input. If you have more than two devices, you can connect everything to your TV and then use your TV's audio output to the Vizio, but many TVs downmix audio to stereo in this configuration, so you're gonna lose out on some of the full benefits of a true 5.1 signal. In terms of audio performance, we were really impressed by the VHT510. Those rear channels really make a difference and you're gonna get a much more immersive sound compared to other sound bars with just virtual sound processing. It did a great job with movies, dialog was easy to hear, and it even handled music well which is pretty rare for a sound bar system. For this price, it's a real standout performer. All together, the Vizio VHT510 is an excellent home theater solution for buyers that want some of the simplicity of a sound bar system with true surround sound performance. We just would have liked a few more inputs on the back. I'm Matthew Moskovciak and this is the Vizio VHT510.

New releases

Basis Peak aims to track your health...
1:19 September 30, 2014
A whole new design, improved heart rate tracking, and you can swim with it: the Peak aims to fold sleep, fitness,...
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 059: Wearable drones,...
25:37 September 29, 2014
On today's show, we check out a wearable drone named Nixie, watch realistic cars race the Nintendo 64 version...
Play video
Sense's Mother hub wants to control...
1:39 September 29, 2014
Creepy marketing aside, the $299 Mother home automation kit by Sense is a really solid smart home option.
Play video
Behind Ello hype, a Facebook rebellion...
2:55 September 29, 2014
The new Ello social network sees a spike in sign-ups, Facebook copies Google's Auto Awesome Stories, and GoPro...
Play video
On the road: 2015 Mustang
6:10 September 29, 2014
Brian Cooley test drives the 2.3L turbo four engine 2015 Mustang in Malibu, Calif., and tells you what Ford...
Play video
LG G3 vs. Samsung Galaxy S5
6:51 September 29, 2014
It's an epic Prizefight between two of the top Android phones on the market that brought big screens before...
Play video
Smarter Driver: Neck restraints...
3:14 September 29, 2014
It wasn't that long ago cars didn't even have headrests​. but ​today's cars are a much safer spot for your...
Play video
Car Tech 101: Dual exhausts de...
5:41 September 29, 2014
Brian Cooley visits Johnny Franklin's Muffler in San Rafael, Calif., and shows you how a dual exhaust system...
Play video