CNET First Look
Vizio's competitive home theater sound barThe Vizio VHT215 is a stylish sound bar with tons of inputs and solid sound quality, especially if you like the ability to adjust the sound. The competing Haier SBEV40-SLIM is a little better overall, but it's very close and the Vizio is definitely worth...
Hey. I'm (Matthew Miscoviak?) and we're gonna take a look at the Vizio VHT212. This is one of the latest sound bar systems from Vizio and it's currently selling for around $290.00 online. This is as slickest looking sound bar Vizio has made (??). It has a slim profile. It's just 1.9 inches deep and a glossy black finish. It's nicely accented by the silver en-caps and the angled metal (??). There's a display on the front which is not every sound bar has and it's has space to let you know how high the volume is or what input you're on. The included sub woofer is wireless so you can place it nearly anywhere in your living room and it's relatively sent to and you could fill the sound bar using the buttons on the top or you can use the included remote and it's really a great remote. It's dead simple, which has power volume and new buttons and then you can slide the bottom out for even more functions like selecting inputs or even a adjusting the sub woofer level. Remotes on sound bars are generally pretty bad but this one's a winner. Around back, there's actually a lot of connectivity options including two HD my inputs, both optical and co-actual digital audio inputs and a mini jack input. So, even if you ended up connecting everything to your TV first, it's nice to have all that flexibility in case you run out of inputs on your TV. Sound quality on the VHT215 is really quite good for a budget sound bar. It sounds good out of the box but again, the ability to adjust the bass, treble and sub woofer levels right on the remote is great if your like to twit the sound. It sounded better that Yamaha's YS101 on movies and it was very close to highest excellent SPEV40 slim. Although the higher sound's a little bit better with two channel music but still the Vizio is one of the best sounding budget sound bar systems we have tested. So, overall, the Vizio VHT215 is a stylish sound bar with a ton of inputs and solid sound quality specially if like the ability to adjust the sound. The competing higher SPEV40 slim is a little bit better overall but it's very close and the Vizio is definitely worth considering. I'm (Matthew Miscoviak?) and this is the Vizio VHT215.