VIZIO SmartCast 38" 3-Channel Soundbar System

VIZIO SmartCast 38" 3-Channel Soundbar System

VIZIO SmartCast 38" 3-Channel Soundbar System

B&H # VISB3830D0 MFR # SB3830-D0
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Product Highlights

  • 3-Channel Configuration
  • Bluetooth Audio Streaming
  • Subwoofer Output
  • Dolby and DTS Compatibility
  • HDMI, Optical, USB, Digital Coaxial In
  • HDMI Out with ARC
  • Includes Wall Mount Bracket
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VIZIO SB3830-D0 overview

  • 1Description

Enhance your TV's audio with the VIZIO SmartCast 38" 3-Channel Soundbar System. Its ability to decode Dolby and DTS signals is designed to improve the quality of your sound compared to your TV speakers alone. The soundbar features a subwoofer output if you're looking to connect one for more bass.

The SmartCast 38" has Bluetooth connectivity for pairing with your compatible smart device and wirelessly streaming your audio content. Its wired connections include HDMI, optical, USB, and digital coaxial inputs to support a variety of source types. Its HDMI output is ARC-compatible, so you can hear TV-based audio from built-in apps like Netflix and YouTube. It includes a wall mount bracket and an IR remote control.

Sound That Moves You
From the roar of a crowd to the screech of a car chase, experience every detail clearly as loud as 101 dB with less than 1% total harmonic distortion.
Find, Stream, and Control Your Music with the VIZIO SmartCast App
Set up and control your Sound Bar with the VIZIO SmartCast App. It also allows you to discover, cast, and control music on your soundbar from your mobile device. Search and browse content across multiple apps at once. Control multiple VIZIO SmartCast sound bars or speakers from anywhere in your home. The app is available on the App Store and Google Play.
Cast from Apps You Already Know and Love
The SmartCast 38" has Google Cast built-in, which allows you to cast your favorite content from your phone to your TV/home theater display or soundbars. Access millions of songs, podcasts, and more.
DTS
DTS audio technologies enable richer sound and dialogue with deeper bass.
Dolby
Dolby audio technologies deliver dynamic sound to your TV shows, movies, and music.
In the Box
VIZIO SmartCast 38" 3-Channel Soundbar System
  • Remote Control with Batteries
  • 1/8" to Stereo RCA Cable
  • 1/8" Cable
  • Digital Coaxial Cable
  • HDMI Cable
  • Optical TOSLINK Cable
  • Wall Mount Template
  • 2 x Wall Mount Brackets with Screws
  • Power Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    VIZIO SB3830-D0 specs

    Speaker
    Channels 3.0
    Design 4 x 2.75" (7.00 cm) full range drivers (two for left, two for right)
    1 x 2.75" (7.00 cm) full range driver for center
    Sound Pressure 101 dB
    Frequency Response 50 Hz to 20 kHz
    Audio Processing Dolby Digital, DTS Studio Sound, DTS TruSurround, DTS TruVolume
    Inputs 1 x HDMI
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo mini jack
    1 x Digital coaxial
    1 x Optical TOSLINK
    1 x USB (for .WAV audio playback only)
    1 x Ethernet LAN
    Output 1 x HDMI with ARC
    1 x RCA subwoofer
    Bluetooth Version 4.1 BLE
    Wi-Fi 802.11n
    General
    Buttons Power, input, Bluetooth, volume up, volume down
    Installation Tabletop and wall-mountable
    Power Requirements 120 VAC, 60 Hz
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 38.17 x 3.06 x 3" (97 x 7.8 x 7.6 cm)
    Weight 6.57 lb (3 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 10.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 40.9 x 5.6 x 5.0"

    VIZIO SB3830-D0 reviews

    SmartCast 38" 3-Channel Soundbar System is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 6.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good sound, but annoyances First and foremost, this soundbar puts out good sound that I am very happy with. The inclusion of every cable type you could need is also awesome and makes this an ever better deal. There are some pretty big annoyances however. As others have said, the initial setup is a giant pain. It took me about an hour to finally get this working right on my Wi-Fi and with my TV. Another issue is the granularity in volume isn't enough. You can increase the volume by 1 and it is suddenly too loud. Finally, it would be nice if the soundbar could remember which audio setting (music or movie) you last used for each input.
    Date published: 2017-08-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great value, a few issues I was looking for an upgrade from my tv's terrible speakers, without the bloat of a subwoofer. This was at a reasonable price point and included Google cast which I use all the time with my chromecast. While the sound quality is much better than the TV, there are problems. The wifi connection (used for Google cast) is unreliable. Some apps have difficulty finding the soundbar, or the soundbar just loses wifi without any sort of warning. Also, the sound levels go from whisper quiet to blasting your eardrums sometimes just from one notch of volume adjustment. Lastly, this has more to do with TV stations but the commercial breaks often become extremely loud. There's a setting on the soundbar that is supposed to smooth these volume changes out but in practice I find it unreliable and sometimes just makes commercials even louder. The good news is that the firmware updates periodically so I'm hoping this relatively new product matures over time.
    Date published: 2016-09-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works fine, instructions for use with the Vizio TV not clear It took 2 calls to the Visio hot line to explain how best to hook up. I would have thought a new Visio smart TV and a Visio sound bar would have a simple coordinated installation sheet. Perhaps the company should have a group of uninstructed people try to hook-up the two and modify their written instructions accordingly.
    Date published: 2017-06-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great value, but needs a better app and firmware. As another reviewer here mentioned, getting it connected to Wi-Fi is a terrible experience. They expect you to use NFC, but neither an up-to-date OnePlus or an iPhone 7 with everything enabled would work. The ad-hoc method is undocumented and unnecessarily requires their app. The app requires access to your contacts, your locations, etc--it's ridiculous. There's a bunch of audio settings, including night mode and center channel level which is nice. However, I couldn't find any way to select a Wi-Fi band (my 5 GHz coverage is weak in some locations, so I wanted to switch to 2.4 GHz), nor could I find any way to turn off the built-in AP (which is transmitting on the same channel as my router?!). That said, it looks and sounds great. I did get some vibration at certain frequencies but I haven't tried isolating yet. It includes every possible cable you could need, and the remote is very modern. Overall, the hardware is great, but the software needs improvement... and the latter could potentially be upgraded in the future.
    Date published: 2016-12-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Device Once Set Up. I have this soundbar and really like it. The subwoofer output is great and the Chromecast Audio (Google Cast) support is really good. I have it in an audio group with 3 other devices and I love it for multi-room audio. The one thing I did to make this better was to turn on 'Eco' mode so it is always on. That way you don't need to go turn on the soundbar to cast to it. This soundbar also works really good with my Harmony Hub. My only issue that is stopping me from giving it 5 stars is the frustration I had setting up the soundbar to connect to my wireless. The documentation in the manual is very lacking and the video link in the app is missing a critical step. I am hoping my sharing this it will help someone else from going crazy holding their phone against the stupid lights wondering why it won't pair. BEFORE you start the pairing process in the app, enable 'Link' mode on your soundbar by pressing 'Menu' and scrolling through until you see the 'Link' setting. After I turned Link to On, I had no issues connecting and haven't had any issues since. I certainly recommend this soundbar to anyone looking for cast capabilities.
    Date published: 2016-12-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great, 3-Channel Sound with Some Set-Up Challenges I have this sound bar mounted on top of a 48-inch E-Series Vizio LCD TV via a cheap and very effective universal sound bar mount. It is connected to the television via HDMI ARC. The sound quality is really good, especially compared to the television speakers, but if you are looking for surround sound, you need a more expensive set-up with additional speakers for the rear channels and a sub. I got this specifically because I did not want all that additional set-up. 3-channels cleans up your dialog (by focusing it in the center channel) and provides solid stereo sound with minimal hassle. Be aware this that is a Vizio SoundCast device which means you absolutely must download the iOS or Android app to set it up and get much use out of it. This presented some challenges because I could not get the app to see the sound bar. Vizio chat support was very helpful, but it took about an hour to resolve the issue. The sound was good out-of-the-box, but I immediately started having some lip sync issues. Investigation revealed that this issue only existed with sound coming from my Tivo Roamio but not with sound coming from my Roku or AppleTV; changing the sound output settings on the Tivo resolved it. I was concerned this might compromise the audio quality of the sound bar, but it has no discernable effect. Since these are both Vizio products, I was expecting the HDMI ARC to work perfectly meaning that the television would immediately recognize it and the volume would be controlled by the television rather than having to kill the TV sound and control the volume on the sound bar itself. This was not the way it went, but--rather than spending time trouble-shooting--I simply reprogrammed my Harmony Universal remote to control the volume on the sound bar: issue solved. Overall, I highly recommend this 3-channel speaker for doing what it is supposed to do: provide a serious sound up-grade at a reasonable price and with minimal set-up. But it is not quite plug-and-play.
    Date published: 2017-01-01
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