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VIZIO SB3820-C6 Review 

Out of all the sound bars on the market, the VIZIO SB3820-C6 has earned a reputation as one of the best for those on a budget. It is a top performing affordable sound bar with incredible audio quality and packs enough punch you won’t need anything else to enjoy a memorable sound experience.

In this VIZIO SB3820-C6 Review, we will take a deeper look at this sound bar to find out why it is one of the most popular currently available. Whether you’re on the hunt for an affordable Christmas gift or looking to build a home theater system on a budget, the VIZIO C6 is a great fit.

So, let’s find out why it is worth your time and investment…


Our rating:4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

VIZIO SB3820-C6 38-Inch 2.0 Channel Sound Bar

Unpacking The Box

Let’s begin with what comes with the purchase of the VIZIO SB3820-C6 sound bar. In the box is not only the sleek sound bar that is Bluetooth enabled but also included are digital optical and coaxial cables that you will need to connect it to your TV, etc.. There is also a remote control so you can skip songs or adjust the volume from across the room.

What is not included is an internal subwoofer. The sound quality in this speaker is hefty enough without needing one, but if you’re truly a bass head, then you’ll want to purchase an external subwoofer. Connecting won’t be an issue with the included cables.

VIZIO SB3820-C6 Review 

What About Its Looks?

It would seem that designing a sound bar is quite a thoughtless process considering the simplicity of the looks. Well, that is sort of true when it comes to VIZIO designs and history. They tend to stick with a streamlined, minimalistic style when it comes to their audio products.

Simplicity isn’t all that bad considering the less busy the design is, the less complicated it will be to fit in with your home décor. Some sound bars come with a metal mesh covering. But VIZIO went soft on this one and covered the all black sound bar in a breathable black fabric.

The end caps are aluminum coated and include the logo. This speaker will have no problem fitting into your entertainment system. This 5.7 lbs sound system is perfect for a one person install. When you decide to move house or redecorate the living room, it will be no hassle to pack up or to move around.

Feature Packed

The VIZIO sound bar plays the part of an entire home surround sound system, without the five extra speakers and complicated wire install. Your favorite sounds are delivered through two 2.75” full range drivers. As we mentioned, VIZIO is so confident in the bass quality from the deep bass modules, and they claim that the external subwoofer is completely unnecessary.

 VIZIO SB3820-C6 38-Inch 2.0

To complete family movie night, you can listen to every individual sound through Dolby Digital and DTS TruSurround. Dolby Digital is best when paired with movies and DVDs, and TruSurround offers a completely immersive sound experience. Since the sound bar doubles as a Bluetooth speaker, you can use it to connect your favorite tunes for that Friday night dance party.


Since we have been mentioning the sound quality, we should probably find out what it’s like. VIZIO boasts up to 100 dB of crisp, clear sound with minimal harmonic distortion. Even when your favorite guitar shredding solo hits or the bass drops low, you can distinguish every note and chord.

You will experience no vibration in the higher pitches, and you can dive deeper into your musical experience without that rattling sound that heavy bass often brings. You will also be able to clearly hear any whispers coming from your favorite film and distinguish who is talking with 2.0 audio.

VIZIO SB3820-C6 38-Inch 2.0

Submersive sound…

The sound is evenly dispersed throughout the room, so you don’t have to focus your attention to the center of it. This makes for scary movie fun, and it will sound like someone is actually creeping up behind you too. This is some impressive performance coming from a speaker in this price range.

LED displays give this minimalist sound bar a touch of contemporary class. Although the LED display is nice, some users have complained about it being so basic, that it’s almost better off without it.

Where Do I Install It?

The great thing about sound bars is their versatility. With a simple enough design, you can slip it in just about anywhere unnoticed, that is until you turn it on. You can mount it on the wall under the TV if you don’t like cluttered surfaces. You can even place it on the bookstand and use it as a centerpiece.

This sound bar from VIZIO is lightweight and compact enough that when mounted on the wall, you needn’t fear it falling off and creating a whole new mess. With its premium audio quality and lack of a subwoofer, it won’t rattle the photo frames off the wall either.

The simple design behind this sound bar makes it the perfect complement to your TV and definitely won’t be a bulky eyesore. It packs a whole lot of bark and no bite.

Other Options

If you’re a fan of VIZIO, you will probably enjoy our in-depth reviews of the VIZIO SB3220N F6 32 2 0 and the VIZIO SB3821 C6. As well as our Bose Cinemate 15.

If you’re looking for more options from other manufacturers, then please take a look at our reviews of the Best Wireless TV Speakers, the Best Wireless Home Theater Systems, the Best Powered Speakers, the Best In Ceiling Speakers and the Best In Wall Speakers currently available.

VIZIO SB3820-C6 Pros & Cons


  • Very affordable.
  • Sleek minimalistic design.
  • Lightweight and compact.
  • Can be installed anywhere.
  • Remote control included.
  • Bluetooth connectivity.


  • LED display proves a bit useless.
  • No internal subwoofer, if you want a LOT of bass!


We love the versatility of this sound bar. And for an affordable price, you can set up your very own home entertainment system. A sound bar is a great alternative for those who don’t want to invest in a complicated speaker set up or surround sound system. It offers quality audio performance in a compact case.

VIZIO has given us many great audio appliances over time, and their creation of sound bars have us coming back again and again. We love that someone with a small living space can have a home theater setup. Or the single person who likes to dance alone doesn’t have to invest in a larger speaker system.

With the Bluetooth connectivity and ease of use, this sound bar from VIZIO makes the perfect addition to any home and will surely impress your friends. And with its low price tag, maybe you could even buy two?

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