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Vizio V21X J8 Review

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82
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84
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The Vizio V Series V21X J8 is an entry-level soundbar that delivers heavy bass, making it ideal for movie enthusiasts. It offers sound adjustment and dialogue enhancement but lacks WiFi and Apple Airplay support.

VIZIO V21x-J8 2.1 Bluetooth Sound Bar Speaker
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$159.99
$88.32

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our Verdict

The Vizio V Series V21X J8 is an entry-level soundbar that has great latency for on-the-mark audio synchronicity when playing movies or watching TV shows. It should suit buyers who prioritize a heavy bass sound over anything else. The soundbar delivers a deep rumble and punch by default, but fortunately, it features sound adjustment and enhancement settings that can be configured to produce a more neutral sound when needed. This includes dialogue enhancement features that sharpen voice detail when watching movies or TV shows.
The soundbar also has a large soundstage for immersive listening. Music lovers will enjoy how loud the soundbar gets; however, its lack of a graphic EQ might be disappointing. It also has limited connectivity due to its lack of WiFi, Apple Airplay, or Chromecast support.

True Score

81

Reasons to Buy

  • Bass and treble adjustments
  • Dialogue enhancement feature
  • Bluetooth-compatible
  • Gets loud
  • Incredible value

Reasons to Avoid

  • Soundbar rattles with the bass turned up
  • Poor surround performance
  • No height channels
  • Disappointing center channel performance
  • No support for Wi-Fi, Chromecast built-in, Apple AirPlay

Specifications

  • Bluetooth Enabled
  • Depth
  • Dialogue Enhancement Feature
  • Energy Star Certified
    Yes
  • HDMI ARC
  • Height
  • Subwoofer
  • Surround Sound Supported
  • Voice Assistant
  • Wall Mountable
  • Weight
  • Width
  • Wireless Connectivity
    Bluetooth
  • Wireless Subwoofer Connectivity
  • Works With

Overview

The Vizio V21x J8 is an entry-level 2.1-channel soundbar that was first made available in 2021. The soundbar ships with a subwoofer, and despite its lack of support for popular audio formats such as Dolby Atmos or DTS:X, its soundstage is wide enough to deliver an immersive listening experience. This is because its audio sounds as though it is coming from multiple directions. Top-tier speakers can produce an even wider and more accurate soundstage, and unlike the J8, they also feature a dedicated center channel for more distinct vocals.
As for wireless playback, the J8 only allows for Bluetooth streaming, and it also has several physical inputs, such as an Optical Audio In, an AUX port, and one HDMI port. Again, the best soundbars offer more HDMI connectivity, but the J8 allows for what is standard for most wired connections.

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Score Card

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Expert Score

82

*.75

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Customer Score

84

*.25

We place a 25% weighted value on Customer Scores

True Score

81

Any product with a True Score above 80 is a Absolutely Fresh

Expert Score Breakdown

  • Rtings
    A

    Trust Score

    74
    The Vizio V Series 2.1 Sound Bar is fair for mixed usage. This 2.1 soundbar… read more
  • Review Geek
    F

    Trust Score

    90
    What we like: Incredible value, Massive bass from such a small sub, Virtual surround is… read more

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