Vizio SB3851-C0 Soundbar Review

Updated: July 2018
VIZIO SB3851-C0 38-Inch 5-1 Channel Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer and Satellite Speakers

  • Ease of use. The Vizio SB3851-C0 is a top-rated soundbar system comes with two analog audio inputs (one Stereo RCA and one 3.5mm stereo mini jack), two digital audio inputs (RCA (Coaxial) and Optical (Toslink)), and one USB input (for .WAV audio playback). You will need two AAA batteries (approximately 4 watts; these are included) to operate the remote control (which comes with an intuitive LCD display). You can turn to the user manual/quick start guide if you face any difficulties during setup.
  • Aesthetics. All components come with VIZIO’s trademark minimalist black and silver design. They will collectively add a dash of elegance and sophistication to any living room.
  • Versatility. You have three placement options to consider after purchasing this TV soundbar with wireless subwoofer : wall mounted (mounts are included), on the table top, or built in.
  • Portability. The 38″ sound bar measures at 38 x 3 x 3 inches and weighs 6.57 pounds. The subwoofer measures at 8.3 x 9.1 x 8.3 inches and weighs 7.21 pounds. Finally, each satellite speaker measures at 3 x 5.9 x 3 inches and weighs 1.4 pounds.
  • Surround sound audio. This 5.1 sound bar system comes Dolby Digital® (the gold standard for dramatic cinema audio quality), DTS Digital SurroundTM (which transports the multi-channel listening environment in cinemas to your living room), DTS Circle SurroundTM (this patented multi-channel matrix decoder supports a wide range of surround sound creation), and DTS Studio SoundTM (this impressive suite of audio enhancement technologies enhances your speakers’ acoustic capabilities). It can generate up to 100 dB of crystal clear sound with no more than 1% of total harmonic distortion. The sound bar has a frequency of 50 Hz – 19 kHz, while the subwoofer has a frequency of 50 Hz – 90 Hz.
  • Warranty. The Vizio SB3851-C0 soundbar system comes with a one year warranty for parts and labor – as well as a free lifetime technical support.
  • Value for money. At under $260 from Amazon, the Vizio SB3851-C0 5.1ch soundbar system stands as one of the more expensive sound bar systems from Vizio (as you might expect from the number of components).
  • Longevity. The Vizio SB3851-C0 38-inch sound bar has somewhat suboptimal reviews on Amazon (3.3 out of 5 stars, from 1,294 customer reviews). Many reviews express dismay at how it ceases to work properly after a few weeks.

The Vizio 5.1 soundbar system promises to convert your living room into an amazing home theater system that will impress your family and guests.

It comes with a 38” 5.1 sound bar, a wireless subwoofer, and two rear satellite speakers that collectively create that rich surround sound experience. It makes for a great fit with 42”+ Class TVs.

With this soundbar system in place, your movie watching experience will never be the same again. With the built-in Bluetooth capacity, you can also use it to play your favorite tunes via smartphone, tablet, or laptop.


The Vizio SB3851-C0 5.1 38 inch sound bar system comes with potent audio technologies that prove superior acoustics, an immersive surround sound experience, richer dialogue, a deeper bass, and an even listening volume. It will definitely be a significant improvement from the average speaker in your flat screen TV.


VIZIO-SB3851-C0-38-Inch-5-1At the end of the review, the Vizio SB3851 38″ Bluetooth soundbar system will be a valuable four-piece addition to your living room.

The price ( around $300) tag may be slightly higher than VIZIO’s other options (, but it makes for a worthy investment for the sake of luxuriating in premium quality audio. With good specs and a visually attractive packaging, it will certainly enhance your home entertainment experiences.