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Vizio launches two new soundbars: how do they compare to Sonos and Dolby Atmos?

How do Vizio’s new soundbars stack up against other high-end devices?

Vizio recently announced two new soundbars, slated for release on August 3. the price. Still, how will these speakers stand up to favorites like the Sonos Arc and other Dolby Atmos soundbars?

Everything you need to know about the Vizio M-Series Elevate

Vizio’s Elevate soundbar debuted at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show. The Elevate was the first soundbar to feature auto-rotating speakers, intended to improve audio quality by rotating facing the ceiling during playback of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X content. Dolby Atmos and DTS:X are audio codecs that simulate sound moving around you. Vizio’s rotary speakers aim to make the most of these audio codecs by bouncing sound off your ceiling. The original Elevate soundbars also turned the speakers forward to improve standard surround and stereo sound.

The M-Series Elevate is a more affordable version of the company’s original Elevate soundbar, featuring the same rotary speaker technology as its predecessor. Unlike the 2020 model, this budget soundbar doesn’t rotate its speakers forward to enhance stereo sound. However, the upward-firing speaker configuration is sure to enhance DTS:X content. You can change the speaker LED lights between eight colors.

It includes 13 speakers, including separate tweeters and woofers. The included wireless subwoofer is a more compact and rounded version of the one that came with the original Elevate.

Everything you need to know about the Vizio M-Series All-in-One

The all-in-one is similar to Vizio’s M21D-H8R soundbar, except it supports DTS:X and Dolby Atmos. Like the M21D-H8R, it has six internal speakers, including separate tweeters and woofers. At around $200, it’s a great way to get Dolby Atmos sound on a budget.

Sonos vs. Vizio

Like the Vizio M-Series speakers, most Sonos soundbars are compatible with Dolby Atmos content. They’re designed to be paired with other Sonos speakers to enhance their surround sound capabilities and can usually be paired with non-Sonos speakers, although it’s not that simple.

Sonos soundbars can be controlled remotely and, in many cases, by the new Sonos voice assistant. Many Sonos speakers are not compatible with DTS:X and are often more expensive than Vizio’s M-series speakers. Still, Sonos is one of the most popular soundbar brands out there.

Vizio Soundbar FAQ

Are soundbars as good as surround sound systems?

A. Surround sound systems generally provide a more immersive experience, but they can be expensive and take up a lot of space. Soundbars aim to simulate a surround sound experience by bouncing sound off your walls and ceiling, but the results aren’t quite the same. Still, many prefer soundbars because they take up less space and are a significant step up from TV speakers.

What is the difference between Dolby Atmos and DTS:X?

A. Although they are similar in many ways, there are a few key differences worth understanding. DTS:X supports higher bitrates and lets you manually adjust sound objects, which means you can make dialogue louder. This is great for movies where you feel the music and sound effects tend to dominate character conversations.

Dolby Atmos is more common than DTS:X, with some streaming services and TV channels supporting it. Luckily, Vizio’s new soundbars support both, so you can try them out and figure out which one you like best.

How big should your soundbar be?

A. Many prefer to buy soundbars that are roughly the same size as their TV. However, this is mainly for aesthetic reasons. Compact soundbars can outperform larger models, depending on the number of internal speakers and overall build quality.

Best Vizio soundbars

Vizio M-Series Elevate

This soundbar is a perfect way to enhance Dolby Atmos and DTS:X content. It includes a wireless subwoofer and two additional speakers. The auto-rotating speakers have colorful LED lights, giving them a sleek look.

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Vizio M-Series All-in-One Soundbar

Vizio M-Series All-in-One Soundbar

This budget model is compatible with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. The speakers and subwoofers are internal, making it a great choice for anyone looking to save space.

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Vizio Elevation

Vizio Elevation

The Elevate soundbar was the first to include auto-rotating speakers. It’s relatively large, but has 18 internal speakers, including tweeters and woofers for top-notch sound. Some found the setup process tedious, but most had no issues when setting up the soundbar using Vizio’s SmartCast app.

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Vizio M21d-H8R soundbar

Vizio M21d-H8R soundbar

This includes six internal speakers optimized for 4K HDR content. Many were impressed with the sound volume. The “night mode” function is ideal for using it when other members of your household are sleeping.

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The best Sonos soundbars

Sonos Bow

Sonos Bow

This pairs quickly with other Sonos speakers and delivers top-notch Dolby Atmos sound. It has 11 drivers and the TruePlay feature lets you find the best settings for your home. It is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Sonos Voice Control.

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Sonos beam

Sonos beam

This soundbar is compact and affordable compared to other Sonos speakers. It can connect to other Sonos speakers and produces crystal clear dialogue. You can control it with touch or voice commands.

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Sonos Immersive Bundle with Beam

Sonos Immersive Bundle with Beam

This bundle includes the Sonos Beam, two external SL speakers, and a wireless subwoofer. The SL speakers can be used alone to listen to music.

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Other Dolby Atmos speakers worth checking out

Bose 900 smart soundbar

Bose 900 smart soundbar

It has an elegant design and is available in black or white. Many have been impressed with the powerful bass of this soundbar. It is compatible with Amazon Alexa and can connect wirelessly via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect.

Sold by Amazon

TCL Alto 8i Dolby Atmos soundbar

TCL Alto 8i Dolby Atmos soundbar

This affordable soundbar has two built-in subwoofers. It is compatible with Roku remotes, eliminating the need for multiple remotes.

Sold by Amazon

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