Understanding Audio

The choice of your audio system can make or break your entertainment experience. Being smarter when it comes to audio starts here.

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Meet Tighe and Rick, who make their living creating beautifully elegant and powerful audio masterpieces. These audio experts will help you understand why sound plays a big role in your home entertainment experience.

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Four Things To Know.

Watts Don’t Matter.

The number of watts an audio system uses has no impact on audio loudness or clarity, only on the power being used.

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Decibels Are Important.

When you want a louder and more powerful audio experience, look for higher decibels.

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The Lower The Bass, The Better.

Bass is measured in Hertz (Hz). The lower the hertz, the more you feel the rumble and the better the bass.

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The Right Setup is Essential.

VIZIO offers a variety of solutions for all your living spaces, from compact sound stands to fully immersive 5.1 sound bar systems.

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Sound Pressure Level (SPL)

The Simple Truth about Sound.

Audio terms are confusing. You deserve to know the truth about what really matters when evaluating an audio system.

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Sound Pressure Level (SPL): Truth 1

Watts Don’t Affect Sound Quality.

The term watts refers to the amount of electricity used to power a sound bar – not the loudness or quality of sound it produces.

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Sound Pressure Level (SPL): Truth 2

Higher Decibels Translate to Louder Sound.

When you’re looking for a powerful sound, Sound Pressure Level (SPL), measured in decibels (dB), is the only measurement that truly matters. The higher the SPL, the louder the audio can be played.

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VIZIO Audio Delivers Incredible Decibels.

VIZIO Sound Bars can produce higher decibel output levels, providing what matters most – a great sound experience.

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Bass Performance

The Basics on Bass.

Nothing brings your favorite content to life like the resonating pulse of perfect Bass. The more you know about Hertz, the smarter the decisions.

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Did You Know?

VIZIO uses CEA 2010, the industry standard for measuring bass in an audio system.

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Lower Hertz Means Deeper Bass.

Therefore when you’re looking for a room rumbling bass experience, make sure your audio system provides low Hertz.

Low-end Bass

20Hz

High-end Frequency

2000Hz

Did You Know?

VIZIO uses CEA 2010, the industry standard for measuring bass in an audio system.

Bass Performance

VIZIO Sound Bar & Wireless Subwoofer.

The ultimate bass experience delivers deep, room-shaking low-end tones that immerse you in the action. The VIZIO Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer rumbles the room with booming bass as low as 50 Hz.*

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Bass Depth

140 Hz

Did You Know?

Bass frequencies can actually be felt, so having a subwoofer nearby increases the realism of sound.

Bass Performance

VIZIO Sound Bar with Deep Bass Modules.

An enhanced bass experience that’s designed for smaller living rooms and bedrooms. Deep bass modules are integrated directly into the sound bar for a convenient, space-saving way to boost your bass.

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Bass Depth

140 Hz

Did You Know?

The lowest twelve notes of a bass guitar are below 80 Hz.

Bass Performance

Now You Know Bass.

With a clearer understanding on the different low-frequency options, you will be able to make a more confident choice in your speaker system.

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Know Your Configurations.

Speaker systems have complex numeric names, but it’s actually simpler than you think. The digit before the decimal refers to the number of speakers (or channels), while the “.1” indicates the inclusion of a subwoofer.

Speaker systems have complex numeric names, but it’s actually simpler than you think. The digit before the decimal refers to the number of speakers (or channels), while the “.1” indicates the inclusion of a subwoofer.

True Surround Sound Experience.

VIZIO 5.1 Sound Bar System is the perfect compliment in spacious rooms. A three-speaker sound bar, two satellite speakers and a powerful wireless subwoofer all converge into a deep, immersive, surround sound experience.

Suggested TVs / Displays
Suggested TVs.
38" 5.1 Sound Bar System E43-70 M43-80 P50-70
40" 5.1 Sound Bar System E48-70 M49-80 P50-70
54" 5.1 Sound Bar System E55-70 M55-80 P55-70
Suggested TVs.
38" 5.1 Sound Bar System
E43-70 M43-80 P50-70
40" 5.1 Sound Bar System
E48-70 M49-80 P50-70
54" 5.1 Sound Bar System
E55-70 M55-80 P55-70
Premium Audio from One Epic Sound Bar.

The VIZIO 3.0 Sound Bar delivers enhanced depth and detail with three solid speakers plus an integrated deep bass module built in, so you’ll experience an immersive sound stage from an expansive sound bar.

Suggested TVs / Displays
Suggested TVs.
54" 3.0 Sound Bar E55-70 M55-80 P55-70
Suggested TVs.
54" 3.0 Sound Bar
E55-70 M55-80 P55-70
Stereophonic Sound with Big Bass.

The VIZIO 2.1 Sound Bar System is optimal for smaller living rooms and bedrooms. The two‑speaker sound bar and wireless subwoofer work as one to create a dimensional soundscape that delivers a substantial upgrade to your music, movies, sports and video games.

Suggested TVs / Displays
Suggested TVs.
38" 2.1 Sound Bar System E43-70 M43-80 P50-70
Suggested TVs.
38" 2.1 Sound Bar System
E43-70 M43-80 P50-70
3.1 Sound Bar Configuration.

VIZIO 3.1 Sound Bar systems deliver greater depth and detail for larger rooms. Experience a wider sound stage with heightened dialogue clarity and deep, rumbling bass from three solid speaker drivers, integrated Deep Bass modules and a wireless subwoofer.

Suggested TVs / Displays
Suggested TVs.
38" 3.1 Sound Bar System E43-70 M43-80 P50-70
Suggested TVs.
38" 2.1 Sound Bar System
E43-70 M43-80 P50-70
Crystal-Clear Quality in a Convenient Size.

The VIZIO 2.0 Sound Bar is a great upgrade for your TV with no added equipment necessary. The flexible form factor provides a powerful audio experience for bedrooms, dorms and intimate living spaces.

Suggested TVs / Displays
Suggested TVs.
29" 2.0 Sound Bar E32-70 M43-80 P50-70
38" 2.0 Sound Bar E43-70 M43-80 P50-70
Suggested TVs.
29" 2.0 Sound Bar
E32-70 M43-80 P50-70
38" 2.0 Sound Bar
E43-70 M43-80 P50-70
 
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