Move over Creative, as the competition is getting thick when it comes to taking advantage of the newer object-driven spatial sound formats, like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. Creative’s SXFI Soundbar led us into a journey of immersive sound that was never experienced from a soundbar before. Delivering multiple channels of sound by bouncing audio off the walls and ceiling. Since then, other companies have stepped up to the plate to add their own creations into the mix. The latest being the Vizio Elevate Sound Bar (P514a-H6).
This new model from Vizio offers 4 virtual height speakers in addition to the 5.1-channel experience you are already accustomed to. It does this by bouncing sound off the ceiling and to your ears, like every other Atmos solution out there that doesn’t require installing speakers into your ceiling. You get the front two height speakers from the soundbar and the rear two height speakers coming from the rear channels (one per speaker). Altogether, it produces a 5.1.4 channel experience along with the sub.
This would be one of the few soundbar setups with support for two sets of height speakers, which places Vizio in a great position when it comes to competing against companies like Creative. Although Creative (likely) may offer a little better sound, Vizio is capitalizing on offering many more channels (likely without losing too much when it comes to sound quality).
It’s also priced similarly at $999, making it a bit of an investment compared to what the company is more known for. So hopefully, Vizio doesn’t disappoint.
We haven’t had a chance to experience it ourselves, so we couldn’t rate or compare anything just yet. We do hope that our ears will come across this pleasant-looking product in the near future. If it happens, we will sure to let you know about what we find.
- Sound Bar Size: 48″ (1219.20mm)
- Subwoofer Size: 8″ (203.20mm)
- Sound Pressure Level: 107dB
- Subwoofer Frequency Response: 30Hz
- Sound Bar Buttons: Power, Input, Bluetooth, Volume UP, Volume DOWN
- Remote: Yes
- Total Number of Speakers: 18
- Remote Control Type: With LCD Display
- DTS TruVolume: Yes
- DTS Virtual X: Yes
- Dolby Atmos: Yes
- Sound Enhancement Technology: DTS TruVolume, DTS Virtual:X, Dolby Atmos
- Analog Audio Input: Yes, 3.5mm stereo mini jack
- Optical Audio Input: Yes
- USB Input: Yes, for .WAV Audio Playback
- IR Receiver: Up to 30 feet
- HDMI Input: Yes
- Wi-Fi Input: 802.11n
- Bluetooth Input: Yes
- HDMI ARC: Yes
- Sound Bar Dimensions: 48.00″ x 2.64″ x 6.50″ (1219.2mm x 67.1mm x 165.1mm)
- Sound Bar With Feet Weight: 12.39lbs (5.6kg)
- Sound Bar Packaging Dimensions: 51.89″ x 13.43″ x 22.60″ (1318.0mm x 341.1mm x 574.0mm)
- Sound Bar Weight: 12.39lbs (5.6kg)