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VIZIO’s soundbars have been popular among budget consumers solely because how much value they offer. Same goes for VIZIO SB3820-C6. It is fair to say that this is one of the best soundbars you can get under $100.
Soundbar design isn’t really something many people look into. However, different brands have different approaches. VIZIO defaulted to the most basic and minimalist style possible. Their SB3820-C6 is all block like, very similar to a nicely painted piece of 4×4 lumber. The entire soundbar is wrapped in a decent black fabric that acts as a grille. You will find it everywhere but the ends. These come in form of brushed aluminum panels with VIZIO logo on them.
What makes this design so interesting is the fact that it fits well into just about any interior. On top of that, seeing how most modern TVs are fairly square by default, VIZIO SB3820-C6 doesn’t stand out one bit. In most cases, if it wasn’t for the logos on the side panels, you would hardly notice that the soundbar didn’t come with that TV. Not many brands can say that about their affordable soundbars.
What we are looking at here is a standard entry level surround setup. In other words, the soundbar comes with two speakers which are tasked with handling the soundoutput. The ones VIZIO chose for this build is a pair of 2.75″ full range drivers. One of the features which VIZIO likes to put in the foreground is the deep bass module. In essence, they claim these modules are good enough to eliminate the need for a subwoofer. Whether or not that is entirely true is up for debate, but you do get some advantages in the lower range.
Moving on to other features, we see both Dolby Digital and DTS TruSurround as well as DTS TruVolume as standard. Not that these are rare in this price range, but their presence is absolutely a plus. Lastly, you can use your VIZIO SB3820-C6 as a Bluetooth speaker. In terms of I/O, you get a set of analog and digital audio inputs, a sub output and a USB in.
For the money, VIZIO SB3820-C6 has a lot to offer. Compared to most of its immediate competition, it comes out on top. With that said, it is still within theparameters of an affordable soundbar.