Vizio S3820W Sound Bar Unboxing and Review

Vizio S3820W Sound Bar Unboxing and Review

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In little over a decade Vizio has become a well known trusted television brand. After being in the business for five years Vizio became the largest seller of televisions in the United States. Once they became well positioned in the television market Vizio started to expand their line of products. Sound systems were the first new set of products to get started.

The Vizio S3820W Sound Bar is their entry level product. It cost about $100. This is the lowest priced sound bar I have reviewed. How good can it be for $100?

The Vizio S3820W includes:
Sound Bar Speaker
Remote Control
Optical Digital Audio Cable
3.5mm to RCA Audio Cable
Wall Mount Brackets
Digital Coaxial Cable

Vizio S3820W Design
The Vizio sound bar has adequate build quality. The backside of the S3820W is a textured plastic that is not cheap but not necessarily high end. The front is nearly all speaker cloth. Along the bottom edge there is a line of silver plastic, and the very bottom edge is a glossy plastic.

Vizio S3820W Wired Connections
There are four ways to send audio to the Vizio S3820W sound bar. The lower quality connections are the RCA and eighth-inch jack. The higher quality connections are the digital coaxial and digital optical.

There is a subwoofer connection if you would like to have a stronger bass experience.

Vizio S3820W Bluetooth
The Vizio S3820W includes Bluetooth that allows other Bluetooth devices to transmit sound through the sound bar. Bluetooth has quickly become a required specification. This feature is great for connecting tablets, smart phones, and other devices. Pairing my iPhone and iPad to it was easy. The audio played well from iTunes Radio and the Stitcher podcast app.

Vizio S3820W Sound Quality
When I connected the S3820W to my television using the included optical cable I was pleasantly surprised by the sound quality. It does the basic job of delivering better sound than my television. Dialogue was crisp and clear. This is a 2.0 sound system, so there is not any real surround sound. It offers Trusurround, which delivers a very limited artificial surround sound. Even without surround sound the audio is well balanced.

The bar is lacking when it comes to bass. Vizio calls their integrated bass system Deep Bass Modules, which gives the impression that it will deliver a decent bass experience. The bass is helpful to your overall movie watching experience, but it is not bone rattling. For good, skin vibrating bass, you will want to use the available subwoofer connection.

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  1. Joey Meyers
    Joey Meyers 9 January, 2022, 10:42

    This sound bar is crap it worked for a year or two but my little speaker could out power it now it doesn't work at all and the lights on it flicker in a weird way

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  2. robertrangelak
    robertrangelak 9 January, 2022, 10:42

    I don't like the fact that it turns on with my tv.  I don't need the loudness all the time,, and when I turn up my tv volume, it also turns op the sound bar

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  3. Pat Chandler
    Pat Chandler 9 January, 2022, 10:42

    ok i have a Vizio S3820 w-CO sound bar with a 55" Vizio Tv 
    I hooked up the provided cable that came with unit which is the Optical cable
    All is in the right places did all by the book can't get sound from my Tv although have static from sound bar can anyone help?

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  4. John C.
    John C. 9 January, 2022, 10:42

    Gaga ka hehehe

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  5. SLO STi
    SLO STi 9 January, 2022, 10:42

    dude were you watching porn? the blurred out video looked kind of funny

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  6. Lisa BHT
    Lisa BHT 9 January, 2022, 10:42

    Can't get sound out of mine either – WTF??? 

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  7. John McCaskill
    John McCaskill 9 January, 2022, 10:42

    I'm taking this soundbar to the spare room. I have all Vizio TVs and couldn't wait to get this product. Somewhat disappointed. Not exactly the sound I was hoping for. I have tried all different setting and hookups. I would spend the extra money and upgrade to the other models.

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  8. Dominique Grissaffi
    Dominique Grissaffi 9 January, 2022, 10:42

    I can't get sound at all out of mine

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  9. Beavis
    Beavis 9 January, 2022, 10:42

    We need more videos WTW!!

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