This article aims to provide a thorough Vizio S3821W-C0 review. We touch upon all aspects of this soundbar.
Overall, Vizio S3821W-C0 might be the ideal fit for your home entertainment system. There are some minor drawbacks, but they are minor.
Case in point is the weight, which is on the heavier end of this market. While the weight is not a huge issue for most consumers, but for unsupported wall mounts or surfaces that are tenuous at best when holding bulkier items, it is something to keep in mind.
It is comforting to know that Vizio is a name very well represented in the home electronics field. That is to say, their reviews are everywhere on the internet, making their feedback very dispersed and well known. Vizio is known to produce consistent soundbars, which is good news if you want a durable and long lasting soundbar. Vizio S3821W-C0 made it into our roundup of best soundbars under $200
Vizio provides a wall mount bracket with the sound bar. However, you will have to visit the hardware store to get applicable screws and anchors needed to set it up correctly.
Why not provide them with the packaging itself?
If you were hoping to get the system up directly out of the package, you might be disappointed.
The S3821W C0 sound bar’s exterior more or less settles in the middle of the pack as far as industry standards. It is perfectly suitable for most home set-ups but may stand out a bit in rooms that are posh in nature. The bar itself is relatively thin, but the big subwoofer cross cancels that bonus. The size of the sub woofer might demand some placement thinking. The Vizio Sound bar remote has a gray finish and dull feel to it, but understandably most people do not care about the looks of controls.
Keen ears will immediately notice bass and pitch consistency improvements. Deeper, more robust sounds come through very clearly, which makes for a more enjoyable movie or music experience. The consistency of sound is a benchmark for the Vizio S3821, as the audio delivers a clean tone for an extended period.
The S3821W C0 soundbar might be perfect for in-depth bass, but that is the only nuance of audio that is a standout. This unit does not focus on highlighting specific tunes or digital waves and is more of an all-encompassing sound solution. Simply put, it is a generic model that ignores tone specific changes that some consumers enjoy.
With total harmonic distortion being less than 1%, the point of emphasis for the Vizio S3821W is clarity. Even though it does not offer much in the way of separating distinct noises, to most people, this does not matter. If all you are passionate about is audio that is crystal clear and unencumbered by large rooms, it is a reliable solution. The subwoofer produces intricate and vigorous bass for an extended period. Bass can wear out any sound bar quickly, but the Vizio’s parts and construction keep the hiccups to a minimum.
The majority of complaints that users have with Vizio S3821W-C0 are actually about the vizio sound bar remote control, of all things. Sound bar remote has absolutely nothing to do with the overall quality of sound.
You have found a keep if your biggest concern about a sound bar is its control capabilities. A drawback can be minor reboots to ‘recycle’ the signal. However, again, this is not bothersome at all.
Vizio is not perfect, nor does it claim to be, however, its S3821W C0 is a deceptively powerful, sneakily good source of audio. It can quickly adapt to several different sized rooms, a claim most units cannot brag about. You will get some improvement in total sound quality with S3821W-C0
The English User Manual for the Vizio s3821w-c0 is available here:
http://cdn.vizio.com/documents/downloads/accessories/S3821W-C0/QSG_S3821wC0.pdf or in the Support/Manuals tab here: https://www.vizio.com/s3821wc0.html
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