S4251W-B4by Vizio

  • S4251W-B4
  • S4251W-B4
  • S4251W-B4
  • S4251W-B4
  • S4251W-B4
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
76%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The system comes with two rear speakers that connect to a wireless woofer for realistic surround sound and fewer wires to trip over.
  • The remote control includes a built-in display.
  • The S4251W supports RCA, 3.5mm (1/8 inch), composite, and optical input, Dolby/DTS decoding, and Bluetooth to the subwoofer and rear speakers.

CONS

  • The sound bar might block your TV's remote sensor if put on the same level as your TV.
  • There is no automatic or guided speaker calibration, so you'll need to calibrate manually.
  • The remote doesn't always reflect what the sound bar is doing, and the display is hard to read in low light.
The Vizio S4251W system provides a sound bar, two wired back speakers, and a Bluetooth subwoofer. The Vizio comes with inputs for RCA stereo, 3.5mm (1/8 inch) audio, coaxial input, and optical input, and a USB port for playing WAV files (no other formats) from a thumb drive. The rear speakers connect to the wireless subwoofer, which limits the amount of cross-room wiring needed. The remote controls power, volume and mute, and has a single-line status menu. You can use the remote to connect the Bluetooth sub, but you still need to watch the LEDs on the bar to be sure of pairing, because the display doesn’t always reflect the sound bar’s state.
NameS4251W-B4YAS-203PlaybarBoost TV
ManufacturerVizioYamahaSonosJBL
Techwalla Score
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List Price$330$400$700$200
90%

Vizio's S4251w-B4 is one heck of a deal for someone on a budget who wants the best surround experience for the buck in a convenient package …

Vizio's S4251w-B4 is one heck of a deal for someone on a budget who wants the best surround experience for the buck in a convenient package and doesn't mind the minor hassle of running wires from the subwoofer to the surround speakers.

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80%

Vizio’s S4251W is one of the best values in audio we’ve seen in some time.

Vizio’s S4251W is one of the best values in audio we’ve seen in some time.

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80%

The S4251w-B4 isn't necessarily the most accessible sound bar, as it won't work well in every living room, depending on your TV's remote sen…

The S4251w-B4 isn't necessarily the most accessible sound bar, as it won't work well in every living room, depending on your TV's remote sensor and whether you'll tolerate the extra speakers. But if it works for your space and you want a much more immersive sound bar experience, the Vizio S4251w-B4 sounds excellent and is a solid value at $330.

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70%

This system does far more for movies than I’d have expected in a $330 product. But its limits are more apparent with music. In fairness, how…

This system does far more for movies than I’d have expected in a $330 product. But its limits are more apparent with music. In fairness, however, while some soundbars are more adept at music than this one, they cost a lot more.

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60%

The Vizio S4251W-B4 is a decent soundbar that offers genuine rear channels and Bluetooth support, but its style and sound quality don't hold…

The Vizio S4251W-B4 is a decent soundbar that offers genuine rear channels and Bluetooth support, but its style and sound quality don't hold up against similar-priced soundbars that offer virtual surround sound.

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This system delivers the best of what your HDTV, stereo, or any other sound-blasting device is capable of.

This system delivers the best of what your HDTV, stereo, or any other sound-blasting device is capable of.

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VIZIO’s S4251w-B4 42″ 5.1 Home Theater Sound Bar is a well designed component for your home theater that provides excellent value as well as…

VIZIO’s S4251w-B4 42″ 5.1 Home Theater Sound Bar is a well designed component for your home theater that provides excellent value as well as sound

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