Simple Surround Sound

No wires for you! (Well, a few wires actually).

Depending on your living situation you might be able to lace your wall with speaker cable, but that's not an option for a lot of people, including me, and it's a pain. Enter the Vizio S4251w-B4 5.1 Soundbar, a very cool product with a terrible name. The Vizio has all the trimmings you'd expect from a budget soundbar, but pulls a Roku 3 trick by connecting the rear left and right speakers to the wireless subwoofer, effectively giving you actual 5.1 surround with a soundbar system. It's kind of cheating, and kind of brilliant.

The Vizio typically retails for $330, but we recently saw Costco knock it down to an insane $230. Now Amazon has done the same, offering the product to their Prime members for $228 bucks. This is both the easiest 5.1 solution ever and the best deal on a 5.1 solution. [Amazon]

This Vizio was Wirecutter's runner-up for best budget soundbar (at $330), and a previous model was Gizmodo's choice for best soundbar under $300. Note: You must be a Prime member and add the item to your cart to see the price. Here's a free Prime Trial.


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