VIZIO S5451w-C2 54" 5.1 Soundbar System Official AVSForum Review
By Mark Henninger
October 10, 2014
For $400, the VIZIO S5451w-C2 5.1 soundbar system performs better than any built-in TV speakers I've heard. The 8" wireless subwoofer produces bass that is on par with entry-level standalone models, it digs deep and plays clean. The inclusion of an HDMI input means it plays nice with Blu-ray players; not all TVs output surround-sound via their optical/coaxial digital outputs. It is both clear-sounding and loud, which is all I'd ever ask of such an appliance.
Importantly, the upgraded performance of the 54-inch model helps to justify the $130 premium over the 38-incher. If you are trying to decide between Vizio's 38-inch and 54-inch 5.1 soundbar systems, the 54-inch model is worth the extra money, regardless of what size TV it's paired with. Aesthetically, it's a better match for larger TVs than the 38-inch model. For anyone who desires a genuine 5.1 surround-sound experience without breaking the bank or cluttering up a room with speakers and wires, VIZIO's 54-inch soundbar is a good choice.
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