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Vizio M-Series 5.1 M512a-H6

Vizio M-Series 5.1 M512a-H6
alaScore 98

8 reviews

Nov, 2021

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 reviews of Vizio M-Series 5.1 M512a-H6. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Vizio M-Series 5.1 M512a-H6 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Lewis Leong (

Vizio M-Series 5.1.2 Channel Sound Bar with Dolby Atmos (M512a-H6) review


All that said, sound quality is good, and the addition of the two Atmos speakers help create a more immersive movie watching experience. While not the most detailed nor the most full featured soundbar system, at just $450 (about £325 / AU$582), the...

Simple set up Intuitive remote Good sound and soundstage

No app support No built-in Wi-Fi Sound lacks detail for music

The Vizio M512a-H6 is a great value for those who want to get into Dolby Atmos without breaking the bank. The sound bar system sounds balanced, offers a ton of customization, and offers a great sense of space. While we wish the sound bar included an...

Apr, 2021

Expert review by : Ty Pendlebury (

Vizio M512a-H6 review: The best, cheapest Dolby Atmos soundbar you can buy


If you want "true" Dolby Atmos sound in a soundbar, you need to look at systems with dedicated height speakers. One of the least-expensive is the Vizio M512a-H6. This $500 speaker system offers full 5.1.2 surround and looks good while doing it,...

Easy to set up and use Excellent build quality Sounds great with movies and music

Lacks Chromecast and AirPlay support No dedicated Voice preset

If you want the most cost-effective way to get true Dolby Atmos playback, nothing beats the Vizio M512a-H6. Due to microchip shortages it's no longer possible to buy even an entry-level Atmos AV receiver for less than the price of the Vizio, and...

Sep, 2021

Expert review by : PARKER HALL (

Review: Vizio M Series 5.1.2 Soundbar System


FOR YEARS, I'VE said that there's very little reason to spend a ton of money on a TV. Most screens are so good and so cheap that you just don't need to spend more than $1,000 to have an excellent viewing experience. Vizio's latest $500 Dolby Atmos...

Room-filling sound. Easy to set up. Simple, unassuming design. Cheaper than most competitors.

No LCD display. Not big enough for huge living rooms.

Whether you're someone who has finally been convinced to just buy a soundbar already, or you're looking for an audio companion to your new TV, the M-Series soundbar is a great option. I recently reviewed (and liked!) the Polk React, but I prefer the...

Jun, 2021

Expert review by : John Panoryios (

Vizio M Series M512a-H6 Review


The Vizio M Series M512a-H6 is a 5.1.2 setup released in 2021. This soundbar offers a pretty neutral sound profile, making it suitable for listening to many diff...

Good surrounds performance. Bluetooth-enabled. Dialogue enhancement feature. Bass and treble adjustments. Excellent center channel performance. Gets loud.

Fairly high latency. No graphic EQ.

The Vizio M512a-H6 is great for mixed usage. On its 'Direct' preset, this soundbar has a pretty neutral sound profile suitable for many different types of audio content. Its dedicated sub can accurately reproduce the deep rumbling bass in bass-heavy...

Aug, 2021

Expert review by : Ben Patterson (

Vizio M-Series M512a-H6 review: This mid-range soundbar delivers big, dynamic sound


Supporting both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, the Vizio M512a-H6 packs exciting, room-filling sound, even if it lacks Wi-Fi support.

Aggressive, exciting audio performance ; eARC support ; Plenty of discrete sound adjustment options ; You can connect a smart speaker via a 3.5mm jack or Bluetooth

Bass response can get a bit boomy ; No Wi-Fi support, although that’s not unusual at this price

Vizio’s M512a-H6 soundbar delivers powerful, vibrant sound for a reasonable price, complete with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support, an easy setup process, and plenty of adjustments for tinkering with audio settings—which is a good thing, considering the...

Expert review by : Michael Gowan (

Vizio M-Series M512a-H6 review


The Vizio M-Series M512a-H6 is the next evolution in Vizio's affordable Dolby Atmos soundbar line, and it adds a crucial feature: upfiring speakers, bringing the important height element of Atmos. In addition to separate surround speakers and a...

True surround sound Dolby Atmos with upfiring speakers Lots of ways to adjust sound

Bass can be overpowering No auto calibration or app

The Vizio M-Series M512a-H6 brings Atmos height, separate surrounds and a subwoofer at an affordable price — and with some effort required.

May, 2021

Expert review by : JOSH SMITH (Newsweek)

Vizio M Series 5.1.2 Soundbar Review: The Best Dolby Atmos Soundbar Under $500


The Vizio M Series 5.1.2 (M512a-H6) soundbar is an impressive Dolby Atmos soundbar that's under $500. That's an important factor when searching for a home theater upgrade, and it allows Vizio to stand out in a crowded market.

The Vizio M Series 5.1.2 (M512a-H6) soundbar is the best Dolby Atmos soundbar under $500. It combines excellent sound and varied inputs with a great design. After testing many soundbars and setting up a dedicated Dolby Atmos system, the price, quality...

Apr, 2021

Expert review by : Nick Woodard (



At a time when few competing soundbar manufacturers have been able to incorporate cost-effective Dolby Atmos, Vizio continues to dominate the space. Its new M-Series 5.1.2 soundbar offers powerful performance at a price that simply defies what you...

Sleek new design Good overall sound Great Dolby Atmos for the money

No Wi-Fi Wired rear speakers

Vizio's M-Series 5.1.2 is a very good sub-$500 Dolby Atmos soundbar. It offers impressive surround sound immersion, a sleek look, and easy usability. It may not be the best sub-$500 Dolby Atmos soundbar ever made by Vizio. But that doesn't mean it's...

Mar, 2021