Good Sound at a Good Price: The Vizio S4221w-C4

Surround sound systems can come with a hefty price tag—making them impossible to fit into many budgets. Luckily, Vizio has now released a wallet-friendly version of their popular 5.1 Sound Bar called the Vizio S4221w-C4. Although it may not have the rear speakers like the 5.1 Sound Bar, Vizio S4221w-C4 still offers dynamic sound quality with a retail suggested value of $249.99.


The benefits of the Vizio S4221w-C4 are significant. For one, unlike many other surround sound systems, the unit is easy to set up. You won’t have to devote an entire Sunday to hooking up your system. The unit works with both wall-mount and tabletop installs. The subwoofer operates wirelessly which ensures an easy plug and play setup.


One thing to keep in mind is that depending on your TV’s remote, the tabletop setup could end up blocking the sensor bar. The size of the sound bar and subwoofer is average: the sound bar is 3 ¾ inches high while the subwoofer is 12 ½ inches high and almost 7 inches wide. The design of the sound bar is simple and classic with a black grille for the speaker with silver accents.


The LCD remote included with the Vizio S4221w-C4 has a very user-friendly design. It’s easy to navigate the menu options in order to control the system’s volume and input options. Audio menus are also accessible through the remote. The remote is small and about as thin as a credit card.


Buyers love the Bluetooth capabilities of the Vizio S4221w-C4. You can easily enjoy music you have downloaded on your electronic device through the speaker system. Listen to your playlists from your Bluetooth-ready smartphone or tablet with crystal clear sound quality. You don’t even have to turn on the TV to use the Bluetooth feature.


The Vizio S4221w-C4 uses the latest innovations to enhance your audio experience while watching TV shows and movies. Dolby Digital and DTS Digital Surround decoders provide premium sound quality. The addition of DTS TruVolume is a major bonus for buyers since it will keep the audio consistent for each program from start to finish. You won’t have those annoying volume spikes that cause interruptions to your viewing experience and makes you reach for the remote to adjust the sound.


Vizio has named the S4221w-C4 as the best surround sound system in its class. After rigorous testing, they have determined the Vizio S4221w-C4 has less than 1 percent total harmonic distortion. They have also proclaimed the Vizio S4221w-C4 to have up to 101dB volume with an extraordinary bass provided through the subwoofer. The subwooofer is wirelessly connected to the sound bar and works up to distances of 60 feet.


Everything you need to get started using the Vizio S4221w-C4 will come inside of the box. You’ll receive an instruction manual, the sound bar, wireless subwoofer, wall mounts, the LCD remote, RCA-to-3.5mm audio cable, coaxial digital cable, optical digital audio cable, and two power cables. There are enough outputs to support up to four devices plugged directly into the system.