Vizio M51ax-J6 review: This 5.1-channel soundbar boasts virtualized Dolby Atmos and DTS:X audio

Ben Patterson

Vizio’s latest mid-range soundbar caters to bargain hunters who want immersive Dolby Atmos and DTS:X audio without breaking the bank, and without the need for upfiring drivers that require flat ceilings at just the right height. Given that it uses virtualization instead of physical drivers to deliver height cues, it comes as no surprise that the 5.1-channel M51ax-J6 can’t match the precision of pricier soundbars that do have upfiring drivers. You’ll also have to do without Wi-Fi connectivity and audio casting support, although that’s no big surprise given the M51ax-J6’s price tag and feature set. Despite those shortcomings, the 5.1-channel M51ax-J6 offers plenty of value, including rich, punchy, and exciting sound, eARC support, and a dedicated audio jack for connecting a smart speaker, such as an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot.

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