The Vizio Elevate Sound Bar is a practical method to add Dolby Atmos to your living room in an all-in-one box.
Even though it lacks crystal clear precision and precise tone balance.
The Vizio Elevate Sound Bar has a design that will get people talking.
Before engulfing you in a sound bubble.
Vizio Elevate: Holistic Review!
The side speakers physically spin up to reveal the Dolby Atmos emblem when it detects Dolby Atmos input.
It’s a fun party trick, yes, but it also works to switch from a basic 5.1 surround sound soundbar.
With satellite speakers to a full 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos system without adding speakers to the ceiling to handle the additional channels.
It’s a well-rounded alternative to some of the top soundbars from LG and Sony.
And Samsung if you want Dolby Atmos sound without having to buy a receiver.
The sound quality is a little bit boomy, with a significant emphasis on rumbly bass.
And a lack of clarity in the upper registers.
Price And Availability
The Vizio Elevate was introduced at CES 2020 and released by the end of the previous year.
Given that Vizio will continue to release the soundbar for the remainder of the year.
You can expect to see this one on shop shelves for a while.
It is one of the more costly soundbars on the market at $999.
Which is roughly £700 or AU$1,300 but is not currently available in either region.
For its high asking price, the Elevate includes a wireless subwoofer and two satellite speakers.
But you can buy comparable systems for $500 or less, such as Vizio’s SB46514-F6.
Essentially, the Elevate’s spinning speakers and additional soundbar drivers.
That provides a louder sound which makes it more expensive.
Design: Vizio Elevate Sound Bar
Without a doubt, the Vizio Elevate has a distinctive appearance.
Rather than being an all-black unibody bar, the Elevate features spinning speakers on the sides.
Otherwise, it’s still a mostly all-black unibody bar, but this tiny distinction sets it apart from the competition.
However, the body has a little greater depth than standard soundbars do to fit the rotating speakers.
And it is very large at 2.64 x 48 x 6.5 inches (H x W X D). Despite the increased depth.
It can still be wall-mounted and pairs well with the Vizio OLED for which it was designed.
There is a full complement of drivers inside—according to Vizio, there are 18-
With around two drivers per channel.
Although those drivers will increase power output, the constricted sound is caused by their proximity to one another.
Unfortunately, there aren’t many other features.
Since there isn’t a built-in smart assistant or smart platform.
This device is just a soundbar that pumps out the audio you direct to it.
Even though we don’t need any more smart house assistants or access points for Netflix.
And YouTube, the lack of features like auto-room calibration at a soundbar at this price feels like a big oversight.
Sure, you can manually adjust the EQ using a variety of presets.
But the Sonos Arc offers auto-room calibration for $200 less than the Vizio Elevate.
The positive news The Vizio Elevate doesn’t have a built-in smart assistant.
But it is Alexa, Siri, and Google Home compatible.
And it has a built-in Chromecast if you just want to play music from your phone without using a smart assistant.
The Vizio Elevate can compete as a Dolby Atmos soundbar, which is fantastic news.
When watching Our Planet on Netflix or Mad Max: Fury Road.
The Elevate is an immersive experience that transports you to the dusty.
Perilous plains of the post-apocalyptic future with Atmos activated and blazing at full volume.
We were very impressed while the soundbar was playing Dolby Atmos.
Though the mix could have used a little more surround presence, it overall sounded precise like Dolby Atmos audio should.
Unfortunately, the Vizio Elevate merely doesn’t offer much to improve the audio.
Whether it comes to stereo or conventional 5.1 surround sound; the audio tracks.
Are presented with a somewhat flat tone that lacks a lot of clarity.
This can be a problem if you want to get the most out of 5.1 Blu-rays or streaming movies.
And it significantly reduces the immersiveness of games like Overwatch.
Which contain a tonne of information when played with headphones.
The bass on the Elevate is also very powerful.
When you merely want sharp, clear language at night.
That might not be as appealing as when you want wall-shaking action sequences.
Fortunately, there is a Night Mode that you can activate, but even in that mode, the bass is still excessive.
Contrarily, the sic has some bass but a wonderful emphasis on the mids.
However, the sound will only come from the main soundbar unit and not the satellite speakers.
So don’t expect a club-like environment in your living room.
You also won’t receive shimmering vocals in the higher registers.
Finally, while it’s not possible with the Elevate.
Unfortunately, the Elevate falls short of one of the primary elements of Samsung’s soundbar family.
Every time you switch between movies, music, and games, you’ll need to adjust the EQ. Bummer.