Vizio M-Series 5.1 soundbar review (M51a-H6): The bar to beat

Caleb Denison

Having recently reviewed the Vizio Elevate soundbar, which produced outstanding Dolby Atmos surround sound (for a steep price), I’ve been eager to take a look at Vizio’s lower-priced M-Series 5.1 (M51a-H6) soundbar as well. With virtual Dolby Atmos and DTS:X onboard and a compact profile, the $300 soundbar system has all the makings of an incredible value. But even going in knowing all this, I came away surprised...

People go into budget-friendly soundbars with managed expectations. For most, as long as it sounds better than the TV’s built-in speakers, it’s usually fine. But the Vizio M-Series X defies those expectations and, as such, I think listeners will be blown away at first listen. For the price, the Vizio M-Series 5.1 is a knockout.

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