That’s probably up to your TV. I have an older Vizio tv and a different sound bar, but my TV remote controls the output volume of the optical out signal. I would guess that TV’s that have an audio output at least control the level of that audio output.
So, we usually just keep the sound bar on a certain setting and use the TV remote to control the sound passed by the TV.
That’s ideal and what I would hope would be the case. Any idea what models you have?
I have a E320i-B1 TV and just chatted with Vizio support and they told me I’d need two separate remotes (obviously barring a universal remote) to control both. I wonder if that’s really the case though.
My TV is only a yearish old, so it’s new enough that I’d hope they recognize people would like to use a soundbar as a replacement for the TV speakers and let the volume act accordingly.
RE: Controlling volume with the TV remote. I found this in the manual for my TV
Analog Audio Out - Sets the volume control properties for the 3.5mm (headphone jack) connector when connected to a home theater audio system. Select Variable to control the headphones’ volume from the TV’s volume controls, or select Fixed to control the headphones’ volume from your home theater system controls. (Some external speakers can also be connected to the 3.5mm connector.)
It sounds like that setting might allow me to control it with the TV remote.
I might have a dud. Not sure yet. When I turn it on, it stays on for a few seconds, then shuts off with a loud terrible-sounding buzz and popping sound. Like a jack being pulled out of an amp or something.
Got mine yesterday. I am very happy with it so far. It sounds superior to the speakers built into my TV. Voices really stand out, the main reason I wanted a sound bar. It’s a bonus that it also has a blue tooth connection.
With that said, this unit is not surprisingly weak in the bass department. Adding a sub to this would improve the already good sound quite a bit. At $40 this is a really good deal.
Hey there Manhandsha. Well I did as you suggested and contacted Vizio at 1-877-698-4946 which was listed on the 30-day warranty pamphlet included in the box.
After telling the nice lady on the phone the serial number, date of purchase, and that I got it from woot, she paused and said that they will not honor the 30-day warranty.
Yeah. She said that woot.com is not an authorized seller of Vizio products. When I started to read off the warranty that “VIZIO provides a warranty to the original purchaser of its products against defects—” she says that I, the end user, do not qualify as Vizio sold the sound bars to a refurbisher, not to woot.com, and not to me. Thus, the warranty is null.
I pointed out that woot lists there is a 30-day VIZIO warranty. She says that is not correct, and that woot.com is the warranty provider and I must go through woot and woot alone.
…what… the hell…
Could someone please explain to me why Vizio is denying that their products sold on Woot have no warranty? Because right now, I’m uncomfortable buying their stuff here for now on.
In the meantime I’ll contact firstname.lastname@example.org as Manhandsha offered, but it looks like I’ll have to return it to woot. Sad face.
Sounds much better than the TV speakers when hooked up to my subwoofer. Here are my problems: The remote does not work well. Need to really hold it down to turn the volume up or down. Also, the digital optical audio cable that it came with does not work. Don’t know if it’s the cable or the speaker. Woot said I could return the speaker but had none to send as a replacement. When I asked if a replacement cable could be sent they did not respond. It has been a week and I’m not happy with their service.