By Chris Burns
May 14, 2013
This week we’ve had a peek at the soon-to-market VIZIO S4251w 5.1 Sound Bar, a speaker unit that comes packaged with a wireless subwoofer, two satellite speakers, and the ability to connect wirelessly (or wired) to your HDTV. While several different wired connections are available, the main sound bar connects with the subwoofer using Bluetooth – and you’re able to connect to your television using this system as well.
What VIZIO delivers with this system is a fully ready-for-action system, the box containing both the cables for the speakers and the gear necessary for your to mount the speakers if you do so desire. Of course you’ve also got the option to set the bar at the base of your television if you’ve got it on a television tablet station, and your subwoofer certainly needs to sit on a flat surface.
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By Caleb Denison
May 14, 2013
Vizio’s SB4251W-B4 delivers the sort of features and control that users have been longed after for years now, and does it with style, finesse and surprisingly good audio quality.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 8:12:36 AM America/Los_Angeles
May 14, 2013
The good: The Vizio S4251w-B4 sound bar includes two rear speakers, allowing it to deliver a real surround sound experience from a sound bar system. Its smart design lets you to connect the rear speakers to the wireless subwoofer in the back of the room, which minimizes the wire clutter that often accompanies surround sound. The sound bar itself has a stylish look with a great remote that includes a built-in display. Features are well-covered, too, with built-in Bluetooth and Dolby/DTS decoding. And it's a good value, considering it includes two additional speakers.
The bad: The sound bar may block your TV's remote sensor when used in tabletop position. Also, if you use your TV to switch inputs, you likely won't get the best possible surround experience, although most listeners won't notice. And there's no guided speaker calibration, so you'll need to rely on your own ears for setup.
The bottom line: Vizio's S4251w-B4 sports rear speakers for unparalleled home theater sonics from a sound bar, although it has some quirks.
Friday, May 10, 2013 1:05:21 PM America/Los_Angeles
May 10, 2013
Do you ever feel like you aren’t getting what you should be out of various services you subscribe to? Perfect examples for me – Netflix and Amazon Prime. Lily and Bob use the Netflix streaming ALL of the time – on their iPad or iPod Touch usually. I never get a chance to watch anything Netflix because it’s not hooked up to our tv and that’s where I watch my shows and movies.
Amazon Prime is a service that I love when it comes to the free 2-day shipping and the Kindle Lending Library. But Prime also entitles members to access their online streaming content – over 150,000 tv shows and movies – many of which are free. But again, I’m not big on watching tv on my computer (uh, because I’m always posting deals from it!). If it’s not on a television screen, I’m probably not watching.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 1:06:24 PM America/Los_Angeles
By Randy Arrowood
May 7, 2013
Oh come on, yes you have heard of Google TV. We may be late the Vizio Co-Star review party, but over the 4 months that I’ve had this device I’ve watched it improve and become the type of Google TV box that my Logitech Revue just couldn’t grow into.
The Vizio Co-Star was the first of the second generation Google TV devices to hit the scene, and though there have been other entrants since, it remains a bestseller. Normally, we have just a few weeks with a device loaned for review, but the timing ran me up against the Vizio presentation at CES this year, and then there was the Google TV 3.0 update that came to my review device in early March, so I’ve had and used this device for a very long time.
Had this review been written sooner, I’d have different feelings about the device. Given time, I’ve experienced the effort that Vizio has put into improving the Co-Star and ironing out the issues that exist in all new products.Read More
Thursday, April 25, 2013 2:31:46 PM America/Los_Angeles
New Programs Added to Team’s IZOD IndyCar Series and NASCAR Efforts over Memorial Day Weekend
CONCORD, N.C. (April 25, 2013) – Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) announced today new sponsorships with VIZIO and Hulu which will see the brands carried on two of racings’ biggest stages on Memorial Day Weekend at the Indianapolis 500 and Coca Cola 600. The programs include major associate level branding on both Ryan Briscoe’s No. 8 NTT DATA Honda in the IZOD IndyCar Series for the 97th Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and on Jamie McMurray’s No. 1 McDonald’s/Cessna Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) for the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26.
The sponsors will also see primary branding on CGRT development driver Kyle Larson’s No. 32 Chevrolet Camaro for the NASCAR Nationwide (NNS) History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway May 25, giving VIZIO and Hulu Plus 1,400 miles of great racing during one of the most watched racing weekends of the year.
Friday, April 19, 2013 10:40:52 AM America/Los_Angeles
April 19, 2013
Buying a TV isn't something you do every year, or even every three years. It's a long-term investment. These are the best future-proof sets.
- Vivid colors, outstanding black levels
- Enough built-in apps to make a Roku box jealous
- Smart menu system, smarter remote
- Avoids the ailments of previous-generation plasmas
Sony KDL-46HX850 LED Internet TV
- One of the best, and best-looking, LCD panels by Sony
- Color depths and black levels rival similarly priced plasmas
- A single slab of edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass
- Superior local dimming engine
Vizio Razor LED TV E601I-A3
- Huge 60-inch HDTV for cheap
- Packed with apps
- Nice keyboard-equipped remote
- Lots of options for image-tweakers
Thursday, April 18, 2013 3:16:38 PM America/Los_Angeles
By Rachel Cericola
April 18, 2013
When it comes to today’s HDTVs, it’s no longer good enough to have just a big, beautiful picture. Today’s sets need to offer a little something extra—or a lot something extra, if the TV can tap into the Internet.
Web connectivity is certainly one of today’s most sought-after HDTV features. Most newer sets are packing in access to Netflix, YouTube and Pandora, as a minimum. Of course, there hundreds of additional options out there, depending on the TV’s manufacturer.
Monday, April 15, 2013 10:17:24 AM America/Los_Angeles
By Alexandra Chang
April 15, 2013
Gadgets cost money. A lot of money. And now that you’ve paid your taxes, you probably have no money. But that doesn’t mean denying yourself the joy of a shiny new gizmo to replace the worn-out junk you should have ditched last year.
There are plenty of affordable gadgets out there if you know where to look, and they’ll satisfy your geek needs without making your wallet hurl. We’re not talking dollar-store headphones and flea market knockoffs, either. We’ve vetted this stuff and know it’s all solid. You aren’t getting the best laptop or hottest phone, but none of this stuff will let you down.
This is the best gear for broke geeks.
VIZIO Honors Moms With Launch of "Win It For Mom" Contest, Rewarding a Special Mom With Mother's Day Gift
Monday, April 15, 2013 8:22:05 AM America/Los_Angeles
Contest Allows Sons and Daughters the Chance to Win Mom A VIZIO Home Theater Prize Package and Tickets to Premiere of DreamWorks Animation’s "Turbo"
Irvine, CA — April 15, 2013 — VIZIO—America’s #1 large size HDTV1 and Sound Bar company2— announced today the “Win It For Mom” contest, giving sons and daughters the chance to pay tribute to mom heading into Mother’s Day. People across the country are encouraged to visit www.VIZIO.com/mom where they can upload a video or picture showing why they are Mom’s biggest fan and share their personal story of appreciation. The mom with the winning story will receive a Mother’s Day VIZIO Home Theater Gift Package. Consumers are invited to help VIZIO determine winners by logging on and voting for their favorite story. Voting is now open and concludes on April 30th.Read More