The company not only makes great TVs, but also puts a lot of effort into soundbars that rival traditional home theater setups. This includes the model on our test bench today, the SB46514-F6. In this VIZIO SB46514-F6 review, we break down the VIZIO SB46514-F6 specs, sound, design, accessories and more.
This is a 5.1.4-channel device. The VIZIO Home Theater Sound System with Dolby Atmos produces sound from all around you even from above. Like premium theaters powered by Dolby Atmos, these immersive experiences let you “Go Inside the Story”. Unique upward firing speakers deliver 10 total channels of crystal clear, truly immersive sound without any complex setup required. Having Chromecast built-in is a huge time saver - as long as your phone and the soundbar are on the same network, you can send an audio stream from one to the other without needing to manually connect over Bluetooth.
Almost every surface of the bar is covered in black speaker grille, and this is true for both the surround speakers and the subwoofer. It looks uniform and sleek, and we think it will fit in well with just about any room decor. We particularly like the subtle logos on the silver side caps of the soundbar.
The SB46514-F6 has a commendable range of inputs. These range from simple 3.5mm analog input to an RCA input for Coax/SPDIF connections, as well as an optical connection. There is also, crucially, an HDMI ARC connection. There’s also a full Wi-Fi connection, as well as Bluetooth compatibility. This is especially important given the streaming capabilities of the bar.
VIZIO have a fantastic app, called SmartCast, which you use to set up the SB46514-F6. It’s designed to be a central place for you to stream content. The SB46514-F6 is not a fully wireless system, despite the presence of a wireless subwoofer. You’ll have to connect the two satellite speakers using the included wires, connecting directly to the subwoofer itself. Fortunately, this is as straightforward as it gets.