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Jakewwa
6 years ago

I have a Panasonic P60ST60 on the pedestal.
Will the soundbar block the TV’s remote?
Will the soundbar block some of the TV’s screen?

Reply to  Jakewwa
6 years ago

I don’t know how tall the ST60 pedestal is, but measuring the S5451W-C2 just now, it is slightly over 4″ tall. I’d use 4.25″ to be safe. If the IR sensor for the ST60 is higher than that you’ll be safe.

Brian Lee
6 years ago

Are you the same Chris on Anandtech? If so I know I can trust your review. Do you happen to know if the 5430 and the 5451 use the same 3.0 bar? Or are they different? I only ask because I have a powered sub and surrounds already and could save money just buying the 5430. Thanks

Reply to  Brian Lee
6 years ago

Yes, I write for AnandTech as well. While the bars have the same drivers, the 5430 doesn’t have the wireless transmitter for the subwoofer, and there are no pre-outs for surrounds on it. If you want to run surrounds you’ll need to get the 5451 and use the included ones.

Brian Lee
Reply to  Chris Heinonen
6 years ago

I see, so there’s no way I could get 5.1 with the 5430, thanks.

John
6 years ago

Can you use the Dish Network remote to control this?

Reply to  John
6 years ago

Since the Dish remote usually uses volume controls that mimic a TV remote, yes, you should be able to. I’ve programmed it to use Panasonic and Sony remote codes easily, so it should be easy to do with a Dish remote as well.

5 years ago

I don’t know if Vizio uses a different frequency or not on their wireless subwoofers, but I would be surprised if you were able to update them to work together.

Mike M
Reply to  Chris Heinonen
5 years ago

So the frequency transmitters are preset ?
There’s no way to change the frequency or swap the
transmitter out with one that matches ? I’m groping here but I don’t
really need another sub, I would like to take advantage of the satellites that connect to the sub.

Reply to  Mike M
5 years ago

Yeah, the frequency or something else is likely different. Pretty much the subs are designed to be used on the sound bar they came with and nothing else. Also, if you went with the 3-channel Vizio sound bar over the 5.1 channel version it doesn’t even include the wireless transmitter inside I don’t believe.

Mike M
Reply to  Chris Heinonen
5 years ago

I do have the 5.1 so I think I’ll open it up and see what’s inside.
If I have any success I’ll let you know.
Thanks much for your response Chris.

Komrad
5 years ago

What frequency is the wireless subwoofer at? The reason I ask is the 2.4GHz is saturated where I live, so only 5GHz audio and WiFi works for me. Anything at 2.4GHz ( bluetooth, WiFi ) has spotty reception. Thanks!

Reply to  Komrad
5 years ago

I don’t know for certain, but I’d guess it uses the 2.4GHz band. I checked the FCC database but since it uses an off-the-shelf part Vizio doesn’t have to submit the sound bar or subwoofer for testing. Beyond that there is no info in the manual or on the FCC disclosure, so I’d assume it’s 2.4GHz as most things are now.

Jon
4 years ago

Chris how would you compare this S5451 Vizio sound bar with the S4051?
What will Vizio launch in 2016. Thinking of buying the S5451 but should I wait till 2016?

Jon

Reply to  Jon
4 years ago

I have no insight into what Vizio is planning to launch in the future, and I haven’t heard the S4051 so I can’t compare it to that. Sorry I can’t help more.