Vizio has recently released its soundbar called the Vizio Elevate. Is it any good? Let’s take a look. The Vizio Elevate is a modern soundbar with many features that are attractive to customers.
It’s designed to produce sound at the highest clarity for incredible acoustics. It has some limitations due to its lack of a separate subwoofer, but it’s hard to complain too much about the price.
This Vizio Elevate Soundbar review will break down some of the key features, how it performs, and the benefits of owning this product.
Pros & Cons
- Motorized speakers are handy.
- Excellent sound quality for music and movies.
- There are many connections
- Includes rears and wireless sub.
- It’s not as simple to use as Sonos arc
- Apple AirPlay is not supported
- A very short distance surrounds cables
About Vizio Elevate
Before we get into the details, let’s take a look at the main specs of Elevate.
- Height x Width and Depth: 2.64x48x6.5 inches (bar), 15.6×10.83×13.7 inches (sub).
- Weight: 12.39 pounds (bar), 2.28 pounds (sub)
- Speakers/drivers: A total of 18 drivers, 13 in the bar, 2 in each surround satellite, and an 8-inch subcabinet woofer.
- Wireless Connection: Wi-Fi, Chromecast streaming, Bluetooth
- Wired connection: HDMI/ARC input/output and two spare 4K/HDR HDMI inputs. 3.5mm analog input. USB input
- Intelligent features: Siri, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa (requires separate smart speakers)
- Sound formats: Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital+. Dolby TrueHD. DTS:X. DTS Virtual: X.
- Video support: 4K/HDR transmission including Dolby Vision
Although there are many new features, Elevate’s design is very similar to other Vizio soundbar solutions. The box, which is made of thin cardboard, contains every connector cable you will need.
The Elevate is a 5.1.4-channel system. Its L-shaped package includes a subwoofer, dual surround satellites with front and upfiring drivers, as well as a bar that measures 48 inches in length and has 13 drivers.
The remote, which has a Casio-style screen to navigate settings, is a throwback to Vizio’s old-school Vizio design. However, it has been given a new, rounder, all-black casing with backlighting.
Although putting together the sound system is difficult, it is easy if you follow these instructions. This includes aligning the surround speakers cables so that both the left and right channels are correctly connected to the wireless subwoofers and speakers.
Quick note: My TV was off when I joined. You’ll also need to tap on the volume key at the bar when setting up Wi-Fi. The app thinks it’s still on top, but the new design puts it on the right.
Build Quality: A Step Above
Vizio Elevate, a 5.1.4 soundbar, is compatible with Dolby Atmos (DTS:X) and Dolby Digital Surround Sound. The Elevate includes a prominent speaker, rear speakers, a large subwoofer, and a remote.
It would cost approximately $1,700 to add a similar array of speakers to the Arc, including the Symfonisk rear channel speakers and the Sonos Sub.
Although the Vizio Elevate is a soundbar made of plastic, its design is a bit more elegant. The main bar is sturdy and available in a dual-tone finish, including a thick vinyl wrap and gun-metal aluminum. The speaker measures 48 inches in width and is table-swallowing at 6.5 inches.
Although it is difficult to see the controls in the matte-black finish, the buttons on the ends are easier to touch. A colored LED is located at the front of the soundbar, making it easy to identify what input you are using. It also includes a level meter and a white LED level indicator.
The main speaker has 13 drivers. This includes a dedicated center channel and five tweeters. The swiveling speakers at each end are located and will rotate when Dolby Atmos and DTS:X signals are detected. They display the Atmos logo on one side and DTSX on the opposite.
The subwoofer measures 11 inches in width, 14 inches deep, and 16 inches tall. Rear speakers have forward-facing and upward-firing drivers. They are connected to the sub via a 30-foot cable.
The connection between the subwoofer and the soundbars is wireless. Although the cord was long enough for me to wrap behind my couch and run along the side of my living room to the sub at its front, some installations may have problems with the length.
Vizio claims that the system can produce 107 decibels. I was pleasantly surprised by its loudness, which means it will fill even the most spacious living areas.
The Elevate soundbar has a bracket for mounting on the wall (BYO screws), and Vizio designed it to work seamlessly with the Vizio OLED TV.
A Mountain Of Features
Two HDMI inputs provide excellent connectivity, along with a third labeled HDMI out, which supports eARC. An optical digital input is also available, and a 3.5mm audio input and a voice assistant input.
It can also be used with Bluetooth and USB. The Elevate can connect to your network via Wi-Fi and has support for Spotify Connect and Chromecast built in. It does not support Apple AirPlay like Arc, but it has better physical connectivity.
Although the Elevate does not have a built-in voice agent, it is available on the Arc soundbars. I don’t consider this a problem. It can be frustrating to use Google or Alexa Assistant on a Soundbar.
The volume will turn off if it hears the wake-word, which could cause you to miss some of your shows. It’s simple to make the soundbar the default speaker for a cheap Echo or Google speaker nearby if you want to use the voice assistant to hear music through the Elevate.
Although the remote is similar to those that come with Vizio soundbars, it has two key differences. The remote has an LCD at its top and four buttons at the bottom that help you set it up.
It cannot be obvious to have both Effect and EQ options. Navigating menus through the various buttons take some getting used to.
The Level button was sufficient to adjust the volume of the subwoofer. However, not all functions were intuitive. To complete the setup of Wi-Fi, you will need the Vizio SmartCast App. Vizio also helped me with updating the firmware via the website. They told me that it was due to a misnamed file, and they assured me it was now fixed.
The Sonos Arc was an easy pleasure to use, install, and update. However, the speaker’s setup favors iPhone users. Sonos’ TruPlay calibration application is not available for Android. TruPlay (on an iPhone) solved some of my issues with the Arc.
High And Powerful Sound
Although the Elevate costs twice as much as the SB36512, you don’t get twice the performance. Although I couldn’t test them side-by-side, I have found that there is always a diminishing return when you go from a great, affordable speaker to one that is much more expensive.
These tests were done side-by-side with the Elevate and the Sonos Arc. The two are approximately the same price. The Vizio performed very well, with an authoritative sound quality that was consistent across all types of material. The Elevate, unlike the Arc, which is better at music than home theater, was equally adept with both, a rare feat among soundbars.
My tests began with music, Radiohead’s My Iron Lung. I was surprised to find that the Arc was not as proficient as the Vizio. The song was played by the Arc at a distance, with a slightly distant and boxy sound. Thom York gave the impression that he was phoning in the song by fiddling with the EQ.
The Vizio was lively and punchy, thanks to the subwoofer. Although it wasn’t perfect, I found that the Vizio was much more listenable than I expected.
Yulunga (Spirit Dance), by Dead Can Dance, was my next move. The Arc’s performance improved slightly, with more crispness in the stereo shaker egg, even though it couldn’t dig as deep on the more giant drums.
From the very first bars, Vizio’s power was evident. Lisa Gerrard’s vocals were heard clearly through the speakers. The string accompaniment was also more precise. My testing room was able to listen to the sub’s drum and gong sounds.
Next, I switched to TV and movies. The Mandalorian’s egg-stealing Chapter 10 was my first. This episode has a chase scene through clouds, and inevitably a canyon run. Star Wars wouldn’t be Star Wars without the ability to flip your ship vertically or have guard rails on gangplanks.
The Arc managed to convey a sense of height during this scene as the Razor Crest fell into the planet’s frosty atmosphere. Two X-wing fighters followed.
The Arc was beautiful, but Vizio’s dedicated rears (and sub) anchor the action. The surround effects of the Elevate were more precise, and the ship’s metallic thud as it skidded across the canyon floor sounded terrifying and impactful. However, it didn’t feel as high as the Arc.
Again, the sub and rears helped the Vizio convey space in my next test: the Thanator chase scene from Avatar. Insects surrounded speakers listening position, but the dialogue was clear and explosive.
It could sometimes send an insect-like click right to my right, which made me believe that the Elevate’s rears might still be working. However, the feeling of the surround was less tangible than with the Arc.
Should You Buy The Vizio Elevate Sound Bar?
Buy It If
Dolby Atmos sound is what you want in one box.
The Vizio Elevate is a convenient and straightforward Dolby Atmos experience that allows you to run wires throughout your living space.
It’s a pleasure to show off cutting-edge technology.
It’s fantastic to see the rotating speakers up towards the ceiling every time the soundbar detects Dolby Atmos signals. It is futuristic and will impress your guests.
Don’t Buy It If
It would help if you had a soundbar with many features.
The Vizio Elevate has fewer features than the Sonos Arc. It does not have auto-calibration, and it doesn’t come with an intelligent platform or intelligent assistant.
You want a crystal clear sound and excellent clarity.
The convenience of a soundbar is at the cost of a smaller soundstage. Although you will get solid 3D sound with Atmos on, this system is not the most immersive or precise 5.1 surround sound system that we have heard.
How many watts is the Vizio Elevate soundbar?
The total output of the soundbar system is 340 watts and can produce 107 dB power at frequencies between 30Hz and 20kHz. The Vizio Elevate system is ideal if you are looking for a loud, clear sound that can be heard throughout your home theater.
Is Vizio Elevate equipped with eARC?
Vizio’s Elevate soundbar, the best soundbar that costs $1,000 and features swiveling heights drivers, has been the only one in its line to support eARC.
The feature will be available on two other M-Series soundbars, the M51ax-J6, which is 5.1-channel soundbars with Dolby Atmos (DTS:X) DTS VirtualX sound.
Is Vizio Elevate an Alexa-powered product?
While watching a movie, summon Alexa or Google Assistant, and the Elevate will lower its volume while you chat. You won’t have the ability to ask Google and Alexa Assistant to adjust the Elevate’s volume or change sources. The remote control of Vizio is fundamental and doesn’t have a backlit display.
The Vizio Elevate is a solid choice in the high-end soundbar category for TV lovers looking for the best clarity in their TV viewing.
It has enough features to be worth the purchase for its price, but only if the product meets your expectations. Soundbars are highly subjective. If you’re looking for a high-end soundbar at a competitive price, Hooke Audio would recommend checking out the Vizio Elevate soundbar!
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