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Best Buy.com has Vizio 38" 3.0 Channel Soundbar System w/ Digital Amplifier (SB3830-D0, Black) on sale for $99.99. Shipping is free. Thanks tenkay

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  • Vizio 38" 3.0 Channel Soundbar w/ Digital Amplifier
  • Remote Control w/ Display (XRS530-D)
  • 6' HDMI Cable
  • 8' Power cord
  • Wall Mount Hardware
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https://www.bestbuy.com/site/vizi...Id=5948537

Also on ebay under BB same price if that works better: http://www.ebay.com/itm/VIZIO-3-0...Swf-xZm-W4

Sells on the bay for $99 as an open box, normally around $130-140 in stores.

This has been in and out of stock all weekend. IIRC these are the 2016 models and are being clearanced out for the 36" 2017 model.

HDMI in and out with ARC, Bluetooth, vizio-cast/chromecast audio capable, optical in, subwoofer out, wireless and wired networking capable. Also has USB and RCA connections.

Its a fairly compact sound bar, can be wall mounted or set on a stand. Comes with a full set of cables (optical, HDMI, 3.5 to 3.5, etc). As a 3.0 speaker it includes a center channel so you can pump up the dialog volume for the 97% of movies where they decided you'd rather hear music and explosions than what the actors are saying.

Comes with a remote control and can be managed with the VizioCast smart phone/tablet app. Nice if you have a Vizio tv as both can be managed from the same app.

I plugged it into an existing subwoofer I had and dialed its bass back to let the subwoofer handle the low end stuff. Only "problem" I had is that I had to run the setup app 9 times to get it to finally take. Keeping the phone with the setup app within 12" of the left side of the soundbar helped. Once it downloaded its latest firmware it was problem free after that.

Specifications
Key Specs
Input(s)Toslink optical, RCA, 3.5mm audio, USB Type A, HDMI, Subwoofer
Wi-Fi EnabledYes
Bluetooth Enabled This device will connect to other Bluetooth-enabled devices without the need for cables or cords. Many wireless printers, wireless speakers, wireless keyboards, wireless mice, wireless headphones, desktops, laptops, tablets, and cell phones are Bluetooth enabled.Yes
Number of HDMI Inputs1
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Warranty
Parts1 year
Labor1 year
Included
Additional Accessories IncludedRemote control, HDMI cable, 2 audio cables, audio (digital) cable, audio (optical) cable, wall mount
Cable(s) IncludedHDMI, Audio
Remote Control IncludedYes
Mounting Hardware IncludedYes
Feature
Instant Content Supported Streaming services and other programs available on the device (not all listed).Not Applicable
Soundbar TypePowered
Installation TypeTabletop, Wall-mounted
ControlsInput selector, power on/off, volume, Bluetooth source
Connectivity
Number Of USB Inputs1
Number Of Optical Audio Inputs2
Output(s)USB Type A, HDMI, Subwoofer
Wi-Fi Built-inYes
Audio
Number Of Speakers1
Speaker Size2.8 inches
Surround Sound SupportedDolby Digital, DTS
Minimum Frequency Response Describes the maximum range of frequencies or musical tones a product can reproduce, from very low tones to very high trebel tones.60 hertz
Maximum Frequency Response Describes the maximum range of frequencies or musical tones a product can reproduce, from very low tones to very high trebel tones.20 kilohertz
Number Of Channels3
General
Model NumberSB3830-D0
ColorBlack
Color CategoryBlack
Dimension
Height3.1 inches
Width38.2 inches
Depth3 inches
Weight6.6 pounds
Other
Product Name3.0-Channel Soundbar with Digital Amplifier
BrandVIZIO
UPC845226043727
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If you're using this with the optical input from your tv set, make sure to check the tv sound settings and try both PCM and Bitstream output options. PCM has the TV do the audio processing while Bitstream passes that off to the sound bar. Try both. This bar does a lot more decoding than my wicked old one did so bitstream worked better in my case.
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How is this compared to a Logitech z623? (2.1 speaker system from over 5 years ago). Will be using it for music and movies.
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(snip) ooops I thought this had wireless sub, sad puppy now
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(snip) ooops I thought this had wireless sub, sad puppy now
That's at Sam's Club for $149. Its a 2.0 bar with subwoofer though, not the 3.0 bar.

https://www.samsclub.com/sams/38-...roduct:1:1

They also have the 5.1 with two rears that plug into the wireless subwoofer for $199. I'm pretty sure the bar in that one is a 3.0

https://www.samsclub.com/sams/viz...roduct:1:2

I have subwoofers out the wazoo. One is big enough to use as a coffee table. So this worked for me. My old bar was too tall for the tv I just bought, this is much lower profile.
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How is this compared to a Logitech z623? (2.1 speaker system from over 5 years ago). Will be using it for music and movies.
This has bluetooth and google cast built in, while the logitech doesn't. This would replace the two satellite speakers and most likely give better mid range and upper base than the logitech.

If the subwoofer can take a coax audio subwoofer input, you could use that subwoofer with the sound bar.

The google cast is nice. Most audio streaming apps have a cast button and the sound goes from the phone/tablet to the sound bar. You can also tell google home to cast music to it so you get the bigger speakers doing the work.

The good part is you can try it out and if it doesn't suit you, it can be easily returned to bestbuy B&M.
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If you're using this with the optical input from your tv set, make sure to check the tv sound settings and try both PCM and Bitstream output options. PCM has the TV do the audio processing while Bitstream passes that off to the sound bar. Try both. This bar does a lot more decoding than my wicked old one did so bitstream worked better in my case.
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I currently have a Vizio 38" sound bar which sounds great but it's slow and dumb with selecting inputs, you gotta go 1 by 1 through the inputs even if they aren't plugged in. Do new sound bars fix this problem?
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I currently have a Vizio 38" sound bar which sounds great but it's slow and dumb with selecting inputs, you gotta go 1 by 1 through the inputs even if they aren't plugged in. Do new sound bars fix this problem?
This one has an optional Auto function that picks any active port. It takes maybe 2 seconds to switch from having previously streamed from a phone to the optical when I turn the tv on.

The vizio app lets you just tap on the input you want. The remote (which has a learning function that seems to let you replace other remotes but I haven't tinkered with that yet) has an input button but you do have to cycle through the inputs to get what you want.
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How does this one sound compared to the new 36" which has the good review from CNET?
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I was eyeballing the older version without google cast for the longest time and that one got pretty good overall reviews but I could never pull the trigger. I have an older sup to pair with this from the older 2.1 system I'm using now so hopefully this is an upgrade for me. Thanks and TU from me!
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I currently have a Vizio 38" sound bar which sounds great but it's slow and dumb with selecting inputs, you gotta go 1 by 1 through the inputs even if they aren't plugged in. Do new sound bars fix this problem?
why are you switching inputs? I am confused? Everything should be plugged into your TV and the soundbar connected from the TV optical output. There is sound coming from the sound bar all the time, with the same optical input. Your input selection happens at the TV, not the sound bar.
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Hmm... this or an open-box Vizio SB3630-E6 (2017 model) for $105? Some of the main differences I noticed:
SB3830-D0 has 3 speakers; SB3630-E6 has 5
SB3830-D0 goes down to 60Hz freq range and tiniest bit louder dB
SB3630-E6 has Ethernet.

Anyone with actual experience hearing both in person?

EDIT: looks like the 2016 model does have Ethernet, though I had to find this on the Vizio Canada site.
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I have a set of 38" 3.1 if anyone is interested PM me. Box is a little beat up, but sealed.
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why are you switching inputs? I am confused? Everything should be plugged into your TV and the soundbar connected from the TV optical output. There is sound coming from the sound bar all the time, with the same optical input. Your input selection happens at the TV, not the sound bar.
I have it connected to my TV but I do use it as a bluetooth speaker as well. Switching back and forth is painful.
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