If you're going to give a sound bar as a gift, you might as well pick one that does nearly everything right. The Vizio VHT215 looks sleek, sounds great, and has a truly good remote control, which is a rarity for a sound bar. We still think the Haier SBEV40-Slim sounds better, but the Vizio VHT215 is a close second.
The good: The Vizio VHT215 is the company's sleekest sound bar yet, with a wireless sub and a truly excellent remote. There are plenty of connectivity options, including two HDMI inputs and optical, coaxial, and minijack audio inputs. And its sound quality is also excellent for a budget sound bar, with lots of flexibility to make adjustments.
The bad: It's not quite as good as the slimmer, cheaper, and slightly better-sounding Haier SBEV40-SLIM.
The bottom line: The Vizio VHT215 looks sleek, sounds good, and is packed with inputs, making it one of the top budget sound bar choices.
October 31, 2012 9:12 PM PDT
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| Caption by: Matthew Moskovciak
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