Vizio VHT510 5.1 Channel Home Theater System with Photos

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Vizio VHT510 5.1 Channel Home Theater System with Included Accessories

Vizio VHT510 5.1 Channel Home Theater System with Included Accessories
Vizio VHT510 5.1 Channel Home Theater System with Included Accessories. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Starting at the top is the Sound Bar unit that is provided with the system. As you can see, it comes with provided stands for mounting on a table or shelf. However, the stands can also be repositioned so that the soundbar unit can be wall mounted.

Sitting under the sound bar unit is the wireless subwoofer.

Sitting on the shelf, starting from the left side is one of the Satellite surround speakers with its speaker cable attached. It must be noted that the Satellite surround speakers can be either stand or wall mounted.

Next are both the easy-to-use and well-illustrated User Manual and Quick Start Guides.

Between the manual and quick start guides is the detachable power cord for the subwoofer.

Resting on the shelf in the front of the wireless subwoofer are the remote control and a set of analog stereo audio cables.

Moving to the right are the AC Adapter and Power cord provided for the sound bar unit, and, finally, on the far right is the second surround speaker, also with its speaker cable attached.

DISCLAIMER: Photos in this profile that show the speaker grills removed are for illustrative review purposes only. Consumers that remove the speaker grills on the VHT510 home theater system will void the manufacturer's warranty.

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Vizio VHT510 5.1 Channel Home Theater System - Sound Bar Unit - Triple View

Vizio VHT510 5.1 Channel Home Theater System - Sound Bar Unit - Triple View
Vizio VHT510 5.1 Channel Home Theater System - Sound Bar Unit - Triple View - Grill on, Grill off, and Rear. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a triple photo view of the main unit sound bar provided for the Vizio VHT510.

At the top of the photo is the sound bar with the speaker grill on, which is the way you would normally see it, the middle photo shows the front of the sound bar with the speaker grill removed, and the bottom photo shows what the sound bar looks like from the rear.

Also, what can't is what is actually inside the sound bar casing, which is the onboard controls on the top of the sound bar, internal 2-channel amplifier, SRS audio processing, and wireless communication link circuitry.

Features of the sound bar portion of the VHT510 include:

1. Channels: Three (Left/Center/Right)

2. Amplifier: Class D 25 watts-per-channel at .01% THD.

3. Speakers: 3-inch Midrange and 3/4-inch Tweeter each for Left and Right channels. Two 2 3/4-inch Midrange and one 3/4-inch Tweeter for the Center Channel.

4. Frequency Response: 100Hz - 20KHz

5. Inputs: One set of RCA analog stereo line inputs and one Digital Optical Input.

6. SRS TruSurround HD and SRS Wow HD processing of two-channel, Dolby Digital, and DTS source signals.

7. SRS TruVolume provides dynamic range adjustment.

8. Wireless transmitter: 2.4Ghz Band. Wireless Range - Up to 60 feet (line of sight).

9. Dimensions: With Stand 39.86 inches W x 4.63 inches H x 4.25 inches D (1012mm x 117mm x 108mm) w/o 39.86” W x 3.75” H x 4.25” D (1012mm x 95mm x 108mm)

10. Weight: 7.8 lbs (3.5Kg) w/Stands - 7.4 lbs (3.4Kg) without Stands

DISCLAIMER: Photos that show the speaker grills removed are for illustrative review purposes only. Consumers that remove the speaker grills on the VHT510 home theater system will void the manufacturer's warranty.

For a look at the onboard controls and input connections on the sound bar, proceed to the next two photos.

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Vizio VHT510 5.1 Channel Home Theater System - Sound Bar Controls

Vizio VHT510 5.1 Channel Home Theater System - Sound Bar Controls
Vizio VHT510 5.1 Channel Home Theater System - Sound Bar Controls. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the onboard controls on the top of the sound bar unit of the Vizio VHT510 5.1 Channel Home Theater System

As you can see, starting on the left is the power button, followed by the input select, volume up and down.

The plate that is below the controls (which are actually in the front of the sound bar unit) house three LED status lights. LED 1: Dolby Digital/DTS input signal indicator, LED 2: SRS TruSurround HD /SRS WOW HD indicator, LED 3: SRS TruVolume indicator.

SRS TruSurround HD is best applied when listening to TV and movie content, while SRS Wow HD is best applied to music content. You also have the option, when available, to listen to Dolby Digital or DTS content without additional processing.

SRS TruVolume evens out extremes volume spikes so that unexpected loud passages are evened out with the rest of the soundtrack contents. For movie listening, this is especially useful to prevent center channel dialog from being overwhelmed by the other channels. For TV listening, it helps to limit the volume spikes that can occur with TV commercials or compensate for differing baseline volume levels between TV channels.

For more details, consult page 16 of the VHT510 user manual.

One thing to point out is that all these functions are also duplicated on the provided wireless remote control. Another thing to point out is that in a darkened room, these buttons are very difficult to see.

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Vizio VHT510 5.1 Channel Home Theater System - Sound Bar Connections

Vizio VHT510 5.1 Channel Home Theater System - Sound Bar Connections
Vizio VHT510 5.1 Channel Home Theater System - Sound Bar Connections. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown on this page are the connections on the rear panel of the Vizio VHT510 sound bar unit.

On the left is a covered service port.

Moving right, first is the connection for plugging in the provided external power supply.

Moving right is a Hub/Client Switch. The default setting is Hub. This allows the sound bar to communicate with the wireless subwoofer. However, if you have more than one Vizio product that uses wireless audio technology, set this switch to Client. This is explained in more detail page 16 of the VHT510 user manual.

Next is a Digital Optical Input that can be used to connect a digital optical output from a Blu-ray Disc/DVD player or other device that offers a digital optical output.

Moving further to the right are a set of analog stereo input connections. The audio inputs can be used for any device that has a stereo analog output connection, such as a TV, VCR, DVD player, or cable box.

Things to note about the connectivity available on the Vizio VHT510 are:

1. If you are using a source device (such as DVD player) that only has a Digital Coaxial output option, rather than a Digital Optical output option, use the available analog output instead as the Vizio VHT510 does not have a Coaxial Digital input connection.

2. If your TV has variable audio outputs and you have them connected to the Sound Bar, you can control the volume using your TV's remote control, rather than using the Vizio VHT510 remote. This may be a more convenient option for controlling the volume.

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Vizio VHT510 5.1 Channel Home Theater System - Satellite Surround Speakers

Vizio VHT510 5.1 Channel Home Theater System - Satellite Surround Speakers - Triple View
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Shown on this page is a three-way view of on of Satellite surround speakers that are provided with the Vizio VHT510 5.1 Channel Home Theater System

The features of Satellite surround speakers include:

1. Class D 25 watts-per-channel at .01% THD (amplifiers for satellite speakers are housed in the subwoofer).

2. Speaker Drivers: Each speaker houses two 2-inch Midrange drives and one 3/4-inch Tweeter. The angle of the tweeters are adjustable.

3. Frequency Response: 250Hz - 20KHz

4. Dimensions: 2.86 inches x 7.5 inches x 4 inches (73mm x 190mm x 102mm)

5. Weight: 2.2 lbs (1Kg) each

DISCLAIMER: Photos that show the speaker grills removed are for illustrative review purposes only. Consumers that remove the speaker grills on the VHT510 home theater system will void the manufacturer's warranty.

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Vizio VHT510 5.1 Channel Home Theater System - Wireless Subwoofer - Triple View

Vizio VHT510 5.1 Channel Home Theater System - Wireless Subwoofer - Triple View
Vizio VHT510 5.1 Channel Home Theater System - Wireless Subwoofer - Triple View. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown on this page is a three-way view of the wireless subwoofer that is provided with the Vizio VHT510 5.1 Channel Home Theater System

The features of Wireless Powered Subwoofer include:

1. Power output: 60 Watts.

2. Frequency Response: 35Hz - 100Hz

3. Driver: 6.5 inches supported by a rear mounted port.

4. Power On/Off: Two way switch

5. Dimensions: 11.25 inches W x 13 inches H x 11.86 inches D (286mm x 330mm x 301mm)

6. Weight: 14.6 lbs (6.6Kg)

7. Connections: Wireless - 2.4 GHz Up to 60 feet - Clear Line of Sight. Inputs provided for wired connection of Satellite surround speakers.

NOTE: The amplifiers for satellite surround speakers are also housed in the subwoofer.

DISCLAIMER: Photos that show the speaker grills removed are for illustrative review purposes only. Consumers that remove the speaker grills on the VHT510 home theater system will void the manufacturer's warranty.

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Vizio VHT510 5.1 Channel Home Theater System - Remote Control - Main View

Vizio VHT510 5.1 Channel Home Theater System - Remote Control - Main View
Vizio VHT510 5.1 Channel Home Theater System - Remote Control - Main View. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a photo of the wireless remote control provided with the Vizio VHT510 5.1 Channel Home Theater System.

On the top of the remote is the Power On button.

In the center of the remote is the Volume Control ring.

Below the volume control is Mute button.

As you can see, the remote is very compact, but one downside is that the buttons are hard to see in a darkened room as the there is no backlight functions.

Here is a tip: If your TV has variable audio outputs and you have them connected to the Sound Bar, you can control the volume using your TV's remote control, rather than using the Vizio VHT510 remote. This may be a more convenient option.

In addition to the controls shown in this photo, there are additional functions that are hidden in a recessed compartment. For a look at the additional remote control functions, proceed to the next photo...

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Vizio VHT510 5.1 Channel Home Theater System - Remote Control - Extended View

Vizio VHT510 5.1 Channel Home Theater System - Remote Control - Hidden Controls Shown
Vizio VHT510 5.1 Channel Home Theater System - Remote Control - Extended View. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a photo of the additional remote control functions that are hidden recessed compartment

The additional controls include volume controls for the Subwoofer, Center, and Rear, as well as Bass and Treble tone controls.

The additional controls include input selection (digital, analog, iPod), SRS TVOL (A HREF="http://www.srslabs.com/content.aspx?id=229">SRS TruVolume), and SRS TSHD (activates SRS TruSurround HD and SRS Wow HD functions).

SRS TruSurround HD is best applied when listening to TV and movie content, while SRS Wow HD is best applied to music content. You also have the option, when available, to listen to Dolby Digital or DTS content without additional processing.

SRS TruVolume evens out extremes volume spikes so that unexpected loud passages are evened out with the rest of the soundtrack contents. For movie listening, this is especially useful to prevent center channel dialog from being overwhelmed by the other channels. For TV listening, it helps to limit the volume spikes that can occur with TV commercials or compensate for differing baseline volume levels between TV channels.

Final Take

I found that the Vizio VHT510 5.1 Channel Home Theater System delivered a good surround sound image, with a prominent center channel and surprisingly wide front left/right image.

The center channel sounded better that I expected. Often times, the center channel vocals can be overwhelmed by the right of the channels, and I normally have to boost the center channel output by one or two ​Db for more vocal presence.

The satellite speakers, which are used for the surrounds, also performed their job well. Although very compact, they projected should well into the room.

I found the powered subwoofer to be a good match for the rest of the speakers, providing ​deep bass response but was not as distinct as I would have preferred.

On the other hand, there are only two audio inputs (one analog/one digital), and while the subwoofer is wireless, the surround speakers are not. Also, I found that although the basic volume, mute, and on/off controls are easy, the added functions placed in the remote's hidden compartment were difficult to use, due the small size of the buttons and the fact that they are not backlit for easier use in a darkened room.

The VHT510 system is, by no means, an audiophile speaker system. However, Vizio has delivered an affordable, good quality, 5.1 channel system for a more mainstream user who wants better sound for TV viewing without all the hassle of a full home theater receiver and individual 5.1 or 7.1 channel speaker setup. The Vizio VHT510 is a nice, modest, home theater system the budget conscious. It also can make a great second system for the bedroom or home office, or a practical system for a conference room in either a business or educational-type setting.

For full details on setting up the system, you can also download the both the Quick Start Guide and User Manual.

For a further look at the Vizio VHT510 5.1 Channel Home Theater System 5.1 Surround Speaker System, Check out my supplementary Review.