Conclusion: The best sound you can get for a home theater system or media center comes from piecing together a component system: an A/V receiver or preamp/amp combo and separate speakers. But putting together such a system can be a daunting task, not to mention an expensive one. For under $400, the VIZIO VHT510 offers a taste of discrete 5.1-channel home theater sound with simple set-up and wireless rear speakers.
Pros: Low price ($389.99), Great sound for the money, Nice bass output from small powered sub, Decoding for PCM, Dolby Digital and DTS codecs, Discrete rear channels without wires from front to back of room
Cons: Only one digital input, A bit thin in the upper bass, SRS TruSurround HD and WOW HD are not ideal for some content
Vizio VHT510 Surround Sound Home Theater With Wireless Subwoofer
27 April 2011
Conclusion: If you want true 5.1-channel sound without stacking speakers around your TV or running cables across the living room, Vizio's VHT510 Surround Sound Home Theater With Wireless Subwoofer is a top choice.
Pros: Real surround sound. Solid power from the subwoofer.
Cons: No 3.5-mm input. Slightly low mid-range-bass crossover setting.