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Vizio's sound stand only so-soUnlike Vizio's other sound bars, the S2121w-DO Sound Stand is cheap but not a good value, with quality that pales against the competition.
[MUSIC] When it comes to sound bars, Vizio has a number of excellent models, and so it should follow that when it designs a speaker you put your TV on top of, it should also be good. But with the new Vizio sound stand that is unfortunately not the case. Hi, I'm Ty Pendlebury, and the 249 dollars the Vizio is priced is seemingly right. And it has the feature you would expect, including Bluetooth and optical digital inputs. But sadly, there are no HDMI ports. The construction is plastic, but it seems sturdy enough. It is designed to hold 55 inch televisions and can support weights up to 60 pounds. In addition to the main roughly three inch drivers, the unit has an onboard subwoofer at 5.25 inches. And it's this sub from where the problems arise. At its default settings, the sound bar is simply too bass heavy. And movies simple footfalls boom like tympani drums, and everyone sounds like Jeff Bridges. Even turning the bass down with the weird LED display doesn't help that much. The sound quality is still muddy and brash when it shouldn't be. Music is a little better as is connectivity with blue tooth. But for only a little more money there are much better options from Pioneer and Sony. This has been Ty Pandlebree with the Vizio S2121w DO Sound Stand. [MUSIC]