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VIZIO VHT510 Review – 5.1 Surround Sound System

January 1st, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments


VIZIO VHT510 5.1 Surround Sound Home Theater comes with wireless sub woofer speakers which could be the main advantage for buying this system. Its wide frequency range of 35 hertz to 20, 000 hertz and 5.1 channel surround sound effect makes it a decent sound system for home listening. VIZIO VHT510 has in total 3 speakers with one sub woofer. Two of the satellite speakers placed on the rear side and one of the speaker is placed on the front side. The total output power delivered by this home theater system is 185 watts. There are volume control features, which has separate control for the rear speakers, front speakers and the central speaker. Other controls include power ON / OFF along with volume, bass and treble control features.

Vizio VHT510 comes with wireless subwoofer and makes a nice home theater. However, low customer confidence and only one optical in can be cause of concern. Photo courtsey Vizio

VIZIO VHT510 theater system has integrated audio amplifier. This SRS circleCinema high definition, SRS studiosound High definition and SRS TruVolume technologies are incorporated in this home theater system which makes it ultimate audio experience. The satellite speakers are capable of delivering 75 watts each and have a frequency range from 100 hertz to 20, 000 hertz.


Priced close to $300, VIZIO VHT510 5.1 Surround Sound Home Theater, comes with one year limited warranty for spare parts and labor covered by the manufacturer. This has analog audio input port and one digital audio input port which is known as SPDIF. The wireless sub woofer provides 60 watts of output power has a frequency response range from 35 watts to 80 watts. This home theater system also has support for dolby digital audio HD audio. This with a good big screen high definition television and a good blu ray player or HD DVD player makes ultimate combination and thus it provides the user a small theater inside their own living room. Had this home theater system had a CD or DVD player integrated with it then it would have made more sense and it could have simply made the best music system which can be used as home theater system also. This does not have any USB connectivity thus there is no USB plug and play features available to the user. The user can listen music on the system only which is delivered by a television or DVD player or a Blu ray player. This is the best home theater system that the user can get in the market and this will not become obsolete for another ten years at least. This has everything that the user will expect from a good home theater system.

Some Concerns

VIZIO VHT510 has only one optical input, and so, if you have two sources of sound, say, for example an HDTV TV and a Blu Ray Disc player, you can not keep them both connected simultaneously. You will have to unplug one and connect the other if you want to switch the sound source.

Some customers who have used this unit have indicated issues with the sound level indicator. While the sound volume increase and decrease function still works, the indication corresponding to the sound stops working. Not a serious issue, but it has been reported. It is expected that Vizio is aware of the issue and should have fixed the issue in the later batches of the production.

The overall VIZIO VHT510 review does not point to a very high degree of confidence into the sound system.

VIZIO VHT510 Pros
– Good sound bar that will supplement your HDTV or sound from Blu Ray player
– Wireless Sub woofer

VIZIO VHT510 Cons
– Has only one Optical Input
– Concern with the volume indicator from customers

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  1. Randall
    January 3rd, 2011 at 15:31 | #1

    I’m returned this product 5 times because the blue indicator lights burn out after a week of use. Also, a fair amount of “popping” from rear speakers when turned up to moderate levels. I’ve continued to exchange this product because it has very good sound, but Vizio doesn’t seem interested in fixing the problem.