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Vizio V21X J8 Review

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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.

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Product Snapshot

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.

Best For

  • Small

  • Subwoofer

Consensus

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.

ReasonS to Buy

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

Reason 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

Vizio V21X J8 Specs

Bluetooth EnabledBluetooth EnabledYes
DepthDepth7.68"
Dialogue Enhancement FeatureDialogue Enhancement Feature
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedYes
HDMI ARCHDMI ARC
HeightHeight2.28"
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channels2.1
SubwooferSubwooferIncluded
Surround Sound SupportedSurround Sound SupportedDTS TruVolume, DTS Virtual:X
Voice AssistantVoice Assistantna
Wall MountableWall MountableYes
WeightWeight3.84 lbs
WidthWidth24"
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth
Wireless Subwoofer ConnectivityWireless Subwoofer ConnectivityYes
Works WithWorks WithAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri

All Specs

Test Results

Low End Roll Off (Hz)35.125
High End Roll Off (Hz)12,901.592
Max Volume Test (db)94.5
Latency (ms)45
THD @ 80dB0.53

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Market Context

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…

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.

The Vizio V21x J8 ships with a subwoofer just like the Vizio V21 H8, but the J8 includes an AUX port that owners can use…

The Vizio V21x J8 ships with a subwoofer just like the Vizio V21 H8, but the J8 includes an AUX port that owners can use to connect older devices, and this is not included with the V21x H8. However, the H8 gets just a bit louder compared to the J8. Check it out in our Vizio V21 H8 review.

The Vizio V21x J8 is slightly outmatched by the Yamaha YAS 209 because the Yamaha soundbar features built-in voice assistant support for Amazon Alexa, which…

The Vizio V21x J8 is slightly outmatched by the Yamaha YAS 209 because the Yamaha soundbar features built-in voice assistant support for Amazon Alexa, which the J8 doesn’t have. The YAS 209 also has an app owners can use, which is not the case with the Vizio J8. We’ve also covered the YAS 209 on our Yamaha YAS 209 review.

The Vizio V21x J8’s surround sound performance is no match for the Vizio V51-H6 because the H6 consists of a 5.1-channel setup while the V21x…

The Vizio V21x J8’s surround sound performance is no match for the Vizio V51-H6 because the H6 consists of a 5.1-channel setup while the V21x J8 is a 2.1-channel sound system. The H6 also includes a set of two satellite speakers, which are not present on the J8 and gets louder than the J8 on max volume. Feel free to go through our Vizio V Series V51 H6 review to see what else it has to offer.

Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Yes

Yes

Depth

7.68"

4.3"

Dialogue Enhancement Feature

na

Energy Star Certified

Yes

n/a

HDMI ARC

Yes

Height

2.28"

40"

2.5"

Number of Audio Channels

2.1

2.1

2.1

Subwoofer

Included

Included

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Score Card

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Expert Score

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Customer Score

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True Score

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Expert Scores

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    103

    Category Trust Rating

    74
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    Category Trust Rating

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    What we like: Incredible value, Massive bass from such a small sub, Virtual surround is… Read More

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