The Best Soundbar Under $250

By Al Griffin
December 2, 2016

Of the five soundbars we tested, the Vizio delivered the best mix of features and performance. At $180, it’s an incredible value. The separate wireless subwoofer pairs automatically with the soundbar and shares the same slender, silver-capped design — a huge improvement over the look of earlier Vizio soundbars. The Vizio sounds great with both movies and streamed music. It has superior bass extension and is able to play the loudest of all the systems tested.

With both Bluetooth and Google Cast onboard, the Vizio makes it easy to wirelessly stream music from apps like Spotify. While it lacks HDMI jacks, the Vizio provides plenty of other connection options, including coaxial and optical digital and USB ports. Vizio’s SmartCast app makes setup easy. Use it to create audio groups with other Google Cast-enabled speakers to provide multi-room music playback.

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