Dolby Atmos systems are a bit of a passion point for me.
While expensive analog Atmos systems like the Sonos Arc, the Bose Soundbar 900 and numerous systems from Sony are improving by leaps and bounds from year to year, and the inexpensive Atmos systems are also moving forward. This is thanks in part to the growth of systems that virtualize the Atmos effect without the use of analog height channels.
The Vizio M series soundbar is one of the latter systems. the $329 5.1 configuration I’ve verified that it includes a three-channel soundbar, a wireless subwoofer, and two rear surround speakers connected to the subwoofer. Vizio also sells a $179 configuration that only includes a soundbar and a sub, as well as a $499 5.1.2 system which adds analogue height channels to the soundbar. I wanted to look at the 5.1 because depending on the room, not having to consider analogue height channels can be a good thing. $329 for an entire home theater system is also a super compelling deal no matter how you…