Upgrading your sound system for your family room is expensive nowadays. You need to spend thousands of dollars just to get the best system for what you and your family need. But, do your home needs the expensive ones? Well, there are some sound systems out there that don’t cost that much, yet could give the service you are looking for, and one of the best sound systems we’ve seen in the market is this VIZIO SB46514-F6 Home Theater Sound System.
This VIZIO SB46514-F6 costs under a thousand dollar which is great news for people who has a tight budget. The question is, is it worth to risk our money for this sound system or better go for the expensive ones? Let’s check everything first and validate if this is worth it or not.
Dolby Atmos Feature
First, what is the reason you want to get a new sound system? Is it because your old piece is no longer working, or is it because you want to upgrade your pre-loved one?
Whichever your reason is, we couldn’t put aside the fact that we all deserve a better home sound system. Why? It’s because 3D movies are better to watch in surround sound, right? And Dolby Atmos helps create the cinematic effect we need for our Home Theater.
Now, let’s check the Dolby Atmos on this SB46514-F6. Will it give us the function we expect from this piece?
Among other sound systems on the same price range, we find this feature exemplary on this piece. We could feel the sound bouncing all around the room with a minimal number of speakers/satellites. It makes us feel like we are part of the movie and not just watching it.
Of course, if you have a high ceilinged room, you might find this feature lacking since they only included two surround speakers for this purpose. What you need to do is place it closer to your ceiling, so the sound could bounce better than when you place it closer to the floor.
The thing is, the two satellite speakers are not the only ones responsible for firing upward sounds, but the soundbar also has the same feature. That’s one of the reasons it could produce a good quality sound that circles the room.
5.1.4 System Feature
One of the questions we have before we got this SB46514-F6 is, can it make our room sound like we’re watching in a movie theater with the number of items included in the package?
Yes, we kind of judge this set before we could even test it. We feel sorry about that, but if you were in our place, you might have the same sentiments. Why? First is because it only has four items in the box. What are these?
- 1 Soundbar
- 2 Satellite Speakers
- 1 Subwoofer
Do you think it has the power to turn your entertainment room into the theater-like room you plan for your home?
The thing is, VIZIO is so smart for putting all the things you need in four items only. Maybe this is the reason it’s cheaper than other brands. Instead of putting up more speakers, what they did is they enhanced the performance through the number of amplifier channels (10 channels).
Let’s understand the 5.1.4 System.
- 5 Surround Speakers
- 1 Subwoofer
- 4 Height Speakers
Do you still find this piece lacking for the function you need? Well, it satisfies us with the number of features they put on this SB46514-F6. The tweeter and mid-bass are clean and full. The voice or dialog comes out clear regardless if we put the volume on low or high.
What can we get from this soundbar?
First, the length of this VIZIO SB46514-F6 Home Theater Sound System is 46 inches—almost 4 feet. Yes, it’s long, but what can we get from it?
Here’s what the soundbar can do.
- Left Front Speaker
- Right Front Speaker
- Left Height Speaker
- Right Height Speaker
- Center Channel Speaker
So, even the soundbar helps in firing upward sound, especially the mid-bass. This makes the movie experience better than other systems at the same price.
The front speakers are responsible for forwarding the dialogs or voices towards you. We like how full and clear the voices are. It doesn’t feel like it’s floating everywhere but rather talking to you because it goes straight to where you are.
- Dimension: 46” L x 2.52” W x 3.34” H
Subwoofer and Satellite Speakers
So, how do we connect this subwoofer and satellite speakers to the soundbar?
You can connect the subwoofer wirelessly to the soundbar, but between subwoofer and satellite speakers, you need to connect it through wires. So, this piece isn’t 100% wireless, since it will still require you to connect the satellite to the subwoofer with wires.
Let’s talk about the subwoofer first.
We like how it fires sound. The bass makes our listening more real, especially on the intense scenes in the movies we’d watched.
You can place it wherever you want since there is no wire involved between this subwoofer and soundbar. They have an automatic connection whenever you turn-on the system.
One thing you need to know is, it’s better to place it closer to the floor because it fires sound downward. With this setup, the bouncing of sounds will make it better.
How about the satellite speakers?
What we like about these two speakers is, they are small but very reliable. They could both act as surround speakers and height speakers.
Here’s how they built it.
- Left Rear Surround Speaker—Front-facing
- Left Rear Height Speaker—Upward firing
- Right Rear Surround Speaker—Front-facing
- Right Rear Height Speaker—Upward firing
- Subwoofer: 14″ L x 15″ W x 14” H
- Satellite Speakers: 3″ L x 2.67” W x 6.52″ H
Well, we’re not that impressed when we tried playing music on this set, unlike when we watched a movie with it. We’re not sure why there’s a huge difference between playing music and movies.
Playing music is just okay, but watching movies makes it worthy of our money. But we don’t complain about it since we could still feel the bass around the room without messing up with the quality of the sound.
The thing is, adjusting or controlling the EQ options will solve the issue in playing your favorite song. That is if you have skills in adjusting EQ. Don’t worry, once you get the hang of it, you’ll definitely master the right setting for this VIZIO SB46514-F6 Home Theater Sound System.
Bluetooth and Wireless Feature
You’ll like how you could easily pair this to your device. There’s no downtime even when we first paired it with our device. Everything runs smoothly.
The built-in Bluetooth has a strong signal. We did not experience any buffer or distortion between our device and this set. That’s why playing music is easier as one-two-three.
The thing we noticed about its Bluetooth function is, you need to turn it on every time you want to connect to this piece via Bluetooth by pressing the button on the soundbar or remote control. This makes it a bit of a hassle for us.
Aside from its Bluetooth feature, you could also stream music by using its Chromecast Wi-Fi. And since it’s Chromecast Wi-Fi enabled, it also means that it could work with Google Assistant.
Well, between the Bluetooth and Chromecast Wi-Fi, we prefer using Bluetooth since it’s easier and friendlier to use than the latter. Why do we say so? It’s because you need to use VIZIO’s SmartCast App, which we don’t find users friendly.
Set-up and Remote Control
Since the soundbar and subwoofer connection is wireless, and there are only a few wires needed for connecting the satellite speakers to the subwoofer, we find the set-up an easy thing.
After the set-up, it’s up to you if you’ll connect your device via Bluetooth or Chromecast Wi-Fi. If you use the Wi-Fi functionality, download the VIZIO SmartCast App for easy navigation and streaming.
The remote control is pretty straightforward, which means you won’t have any difficulty in controlling this sound system.
Well, aside from the remote control, you could also control VIZIO SB46514-F6 through the physical button you’ll find in the soundbar itself.
Sound Decoding Technology
- Dolby Atmos
- Dolby Digital
- Dolby Digital Plus
- Dolby TrueHD
- DTS Digital Surround
- DTS HD Master Audio
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