Vizio Elevate review: A big, brash 5.1.4 soundbar plus system

John R. Quain

With a pair of satellite speakers in tow and motorized drivers upfront, Vizio's Elevate is more than just a run-of-the-mill soundbar. Yet, it's not a full-fledged 7.1 channel surround sound setup, either. What it is, is an excellent hybrid offering superior sound – and sound effects – compared to some of the best soundbars, while delivering audio fidelity comparable to systems costing hundreds of dollars more.

The $999.99 (£720/AU$1293)* Vizio Elevate is the TV maker's top-of-the-line sound system, an acknowledgment that if you want the complete movie experience, you need to add a solid audio package to your big flat-panel set. It is a rather standout effort in the crowded field of soundbars, with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X skills that bring blockbusters and dramas alike to life. In our tests, the Vizio Elevate proved to be unquestionably sonically superior to soundbar-only designs, like the $799 Sonos Arc. Moreover, it delivered a more realistic and immersive sound experience than more expensive competitors, such as the Samsung HW-Q900T 7.1.2 Channel Soundbar with Dolby Atmos / DTS and the LG SN10YG 5.1.2 Channel High Res Audio Sound Bar with Dolby Atmos.

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*Note: The prices above reflect the retailer's listed prices at the time of publication.