Vizio M-Series 5.1 Soundbar Review (M51a-H6) | Best Budget Surround Sound!

Vizio M-Series 5.1 Soundbar Review (M51a-H6) | Best Budget Surround Sound!

I always wanted to upgrade to a budget-friendly 5.1 surround sound system. The Vizio M-Series 5.1 Soundbar is a great choice if you want good price to performance! In this video, I unbox, test, and review the Vizio M51a-H6. The soundbar, subwoofer, and surround speakers are awesome!

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Video Chapters:
0:00 – Introduction
0:23 – Soundbar Summary
0:40 – Unboxing
3:05 – Sound System Setup
4:04 – Sound Tests
6:48 – Remote EQ Level Demo
7:46 – Surround Speakers Demo
8:28 – Initial Review

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  1. William Fleth on May 8, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Does it come with HDMI 2.0 or 2.1?

  2. SMC Remix87 on May 8, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    defiantly no Dolby Atmos tho!

  3. Dedric Johnson on May 8, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    Hey so I’ve been dealing with this soundbar all month of February and been having the same problem with it. I went and switched the sound bar out 3 times because i thought sams club gave me a broken sound bar but I’m still having the same problem. so my question is does your sound bar cuts itself off and rests its self when it’s at high volume?? Because i keep having that problem and the left and right speakers are not loud and they be the first ones to stop working when i have the sound bar up to loud. Help please i just wanna know if I’m not the only one going through this thanks.

  4. Eternity 21 on May 8, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Does it have good bass ? I like good bass lol 😂

  5. Jefe Kicks on May 8, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    Would be awesome to know your EQ SETTINGS as well. Maybe a separate video? Even a pinned comment? Thanks for the video.

  6. Nikolas Ray McNabb on May 8, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    Thank u Sean 🙏🏽. Picking this up along with a new 75” tv. Gonna be experiencing some crazy shit this winter 🥶 lol.

  7. Anilkumar Pankajakshan on May 8, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    Sir Total gross weight. Included subwoofer

  8. ed smith on May 8, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    I noticed a power on/ off switch on the you have to turn it off each time you turn off the soundbar? most subwoofers are simply plugged in and power on/off with the main soundbar, without a power switch on the subwoofer. thanks.

  9. little Johny on May 8, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    Just discovered this chanel, really cool!

  10. Ryan S on May 8, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    I remember back in the day you need a receiver that only handled some video passthrough switching and only amplified the sound not balance or equalize it so you have another amp to do that and run speaker wire to each speaker then you need a DVD player early models did not have CD playback so you have a separate CD player then if you wanted to record shows early DVD players could not record so most people still had a VHS player to record shows and early satellite and cable boxes did not have built in DVRs then to get a picture most people still had the big box projection sets so at the end of the day you had like 5-6 media boxes to have a good proper surround sound setup lol

  11. aj worth on May 8, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    I know this is old but I just brought one of these I hope I don’t get disappointed I heard it’s one of the best ones out there

  12. GustavoYmusica on May 8, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    You guys don’t have audio cut out issues with the sub and surround speakers? Mine cuts out for 1-3 seconds randomly when watching movies.

  13. Raul Lopez on May 8, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    I bought them today at Sam’s Club for $249.88 not bad, I already have them hooked up, and I’m pretty satisfied with the purchase.

  14. Dj morgan on May 8, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    The Vizio M512a-H6 is way better imo

  15. Adjodha B on May 8, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Thanks for the review. What’s the difference between this and the M51ax-J6 model? Also, what’s the wattage on the subwoofer?

  16. Ct pizza on May 8, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    You literally have the only review on this system with Atmos. I feel like this is the #1 for price and atmos. Currently on a vizio stereo dd 2.1 for atleast 3 years no problems. Well articulated review, thanks

  17. pluresstratis on May 8, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    nice detailed review – thanks

  18. SirSmokeAlot732 on May 8, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    I been known this for years. Got 3 pairs. Before was the 2.1 vizio. It hit hard

  19. anizares1 on May 8, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    Had trouble hooking up to hdmi after I saw I didn’t have Hdmi arc. Used optical port instead. Though it may not be as good as others its such a great upgrade it ok. Next year I’ll buy newer TV on black friday with hdmi arc and enjoy all the benefits of this soundbar 😊

  20. Bruno Medeiros on May 8, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    I have a question is it just me or is someone else experiencing the same issue I am every time I’m watching sports a movie etc. my sound bar keeps switching with a small speakers sometimes only the sound bar sound comes on but the small speakers on come on and vice versa it keeps on switching is that normal can someone please help me

  21. Ryan Roberts on May 8, 2022 at 9:01 pm

    How long are the wires that connect the side speakers to the subwoofer?

  22. Tarabusaw on May 8, 2022 at 9:02 pm


  23. Maggotskin on May 8, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    Mad Max fury road is a great test movie

  24. RO HM on May 8, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    Excuse me, Is the HDMI cable 2.1? Thx!

  25. Josh E on May 8, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    Great review. My go-to audio test is always the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan. Or a THX intro 😎🔊

  26. Dad Rules on May 8, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    299 but the back speakers kept cutting off sound. Faulty wires to the sub? Ridiculous. Sound even with bar 9n wouldn’t gave sound. I’d have to search through the audio and hope it turned on again.

  27. William Justice on May 8, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    Nice review, it finalized my decision to buy this unit. Thanks!

  28. The Last Sifu on May 8, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Great review, man. Are you still using it and happy with it? I was looking at the Elevate to get those Atmos effects, but $1K vs $300… for this? My wife would prefer I went cheaper on it. lol

  29. Mark Satterfield on May 8, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    Great video and thx for sharing

  30. Nihren on May 8, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    I love that you used anime for the sound tests. It’s one of the primary forms of entertainment that I watch and I own many blu-rays, and I’ve been curious as to what they’ll sound like with a soundbar and surround setup like this. Especially Redline.

  31. Alby Douss on May 8, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    can cast music? from your phone or youtube, I asked because I want to know if I can cast using my google

  32. Mike Oley on May 8, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    After 6 months are you still using this and have you had any issues. I’m seeing lots of long term problems on Reddit. I just bought one yesterday and love it especially for the price.

  33. Garrett Marshall on May 8, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    Is this one worth 100 more than the 200 dollar v51-h6?

  34. ImagineAkira on May 8, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    Great job man. This was excellent.

  35. carter 75 on May 8, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    Thanks for the video.

  36. Max Payne fan on May 8, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    My dad bought me 2 of those for Christmas and they’re really great.

  37. FleetCommand on May 8, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    This looks like a great compact system for a simracing rig, do you know if I can connect a video output from a laptop via HDMI to the soundbar, then have the video go from the soundbar to a computer monitor?

  38. Ryan Gallo on May 8, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    Will work with just ARC Port on a LG TV?

  39. Daniel Cordero on May 8, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    How do you get dolby atmos to work ?

  40. Mike G. on May 8, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    Hey Sean, I hate multiple remotes laying around and the clutter. My tv remote won’t control volume of my existing sound bar. But miraculously, my amazon fire stick did on my LG sound bar. So… does your TV remote able to control the volume of this Vizio sound bar??? Thanks 🙏

  41. 少爺仔 on May 8, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    May I know the voltage? 110v or 220v? Thanks you.

  42. Jonathan Lainez on May 8, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    What’s the best settings you have found with it?

  43. LALIT DEORE on May 8, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    M51ax-J6 vs this one. Which is better I see they have j series now not the h series anymore?

  44. Tom Upmeier on May 8, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    Bought this system on rebate at Sam’s Club last month and it’s worth the money. Scored it for $249.99.

  45. Dad Rules on May 8, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    Going with the Samsung Q900A

  46. Marcxion Games on May 8, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    I cant figure out how the hell to set it up been struggling with this for a hour now and cant figure out why the audio from my tv wont play

  47. Mélisse on May 8, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    Great review! Thank you!!

  48. Life with Sean on May 8, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    Get the soundbar! :

  49. Berean Analytics on May 8, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    I picked this up for $275! I recommend grabbing a HDMI 2.1 cable for the next Gen systems

  50. Lamar Battle on May 8, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    I like it.