Vizio TVs may be known for their brilliant displays and all that jazz. But image only makes up half of the entertainment; the other half is all audio!
TVs, apart from evolving in picture quality and screen size, have also come a long way in the field of Audio technology too.
Dolby Atmos, DTS 5.1 Surround system, Spatial volume matching, and equalization modes are all contributing elements of this technological boom.
But with all the amazing tech Vizio has managed to bake into their TVs, users may get a tad bit overwhelmed with the choices, prompting them to opt for the wrong settings.
To implement the best audio settings on your Vizio TV, configure the Surround Sound, Volume Leveling, Balance, and Lip Sync on the Audio tab of your TV. If you want to use an external speaker with your Vizio TV, change settings such as Digital/Analog Audio Out settings on the Audio tab to get the best possible audio experience.
Audio Settings on Vizio TV: The Best Possible Configuration
Getting the best audio configuration on a TV may be tricky, especially on a feature-rich product like the Vizio TV.
With a barrage of audio features and sliders thrown at your face, you may have to run a marathon of trial-and-error scenarios before hitting the jackpot.
Fortunately, you don't have to waste your time figuring out the best possible audio setting if you know them beforehand.
The key to achieving the best audio settings on a Vizio TV is to keep it simple.
The same goes with the gaming capabilities of Vizio TV, keep it simple.
As you know, Vizio is quite generous when it comes to the setting configurations on their TVs.
And though you may find yourself enticed to fine-tune all the available audio settings to your heart's content, it's best to act counterintuitively.
You need not lend your mark on every available setting on the TV to tune it to its best.
With that said, let's first look at how to access the Audio settings part before dwelling on tuning the settings.
To open the Audio settings tab on your Vizio TV, follow these steps:
- Press the Menu button on your Vizio remote to open the Menu tab.
- Navigate to and open the Audio option.
Once inside the Audio tab of the Vizio TV, you can find a list of various audio-related settings.
Most of these settings may seem quite absurd to an Everyman like you and me, but believe me when I say they make sense once you get a hold of them.
Now let's fine-tune these Audio settings to their absolute best.
Here's a table displaying all the modifications to be made on the Audio to get the best possible outcome:
|Audio Setting||Recommended Configuration||Remark|
|Audio Mode||Flat, Rock, Classical, Jazz||Not so significant|
|DTS TruSurround/Surround Sound||OFF|
|DTS TruVolume/Volume Leveling||OFF|
|Balance||Slide the cursor left or right to your liking||Balances the output of the speakers (external/internal)|
|Lip Sync||Set the timing manually to the display image||Adjust the slider to match the timing of the image|
|Digital Audio Out||PCM||Applicable only with external speakers|
|Analog Audio Out||Fixed||Applicable only with external speakers|
|Equilizer||Default (Direct for external speakers)||Available only when Surround sound is OFF|
*Note: Make sure you have turned ON the TV Speakers option (if and when relying on TV speakers) before making the adjustments.
With that said and done, let's now discuss what and how these audio settings work.
Audio Settings on Vizio TV: Explained
Although you now know the best audio settings for Vizio TV, let's talk about them in detail.
Moreover, what good are these settings to you if you don't know what they bring to the table in the first place?
Audio does demand a lot of tuning and tinkering of knobs and bobs before you find the best possible outcome. And what may seem good to me doesn't necessarily be music to your ears.
And so, we come to the conclusion that audio is relative. Not all of us share a similar taste.
Vizio offers quite a handful of features, not only with Audio but with video too, and getting to know these features for yourself will help you set the tone right.
Here are the many features and options you need to know about when dealing with audio on Vizio TV:
Surround Sound (TruSurround)
Surround sound is a term in audio technology that defines the spatial aspect of the audio.
You may have come across Dolby/DTS 5.1/ 7.1 certifications on TVs and other entertainment gadgets every now and then.
And what these numbers reflect are the number of channels through which audio is split based on the tonal range and frequency.
Bass, treble, and mid/vocal frequencies are the founding aspects of channel separation.
They lend a dimension far better than the standard stereo setups found on TVs and gadgets of yesteryear. In other words, they make you feel much more immersed in the content.
Vizio TVs support DTS 5.1 format disguised and established in the Audio menu as TruSurround.
The feature works fine for content that supports the DTS formats.
TruSurround also works with unsupported content by virtually splitting a portion of the audio into various channels.
This pseudo surround sound emulation may not be the best way to go at times. Audio can get tarnished by abrupt changes in tone, suppression of vocals, and more undesirable artifacts.
And that's why you should stay away from this feature when playing unsupported content.
Volume Leveling (TruVolume)
Volume leveling is a digital audio volume balancing feature that levels out the volume of your content audio.
When you enable Volume leveling on your respective gadget, the peak amplitudes of all the frequency ranges get clipped at a certain level.
The output will be a relatively flat audio stream with no perceivable volume disparity in the tonal ranges.
Vizio TVs also support Volume Leveling, implemented under the moniker DTS TruVolume.
This feature may come in handy while playing content with subpar audio volumes.
In all other cases, better leave the feature disabled.
Balance ensures the equilibrium of audio output from the TV/external speakers.
When you use a dual-channel (or more channels) audio output interface, a.k.a more than one speaker, to get more separation and dimensionality, equilibrium between the speakers often gets affected.
To rectify such issues on TVs, TV manufacturers equip their products with an audio balancing feature.
Vizio has the Balance feature to bring out the same - balance out speaker output!
If you find a noticeable disparity in speaker output, say the right one puts out more volume than the other, adjust the slider to the left side a little to make up for the disparity.
Similarly, adjust the Balance slider to the weaker speaker side to compensate for the disparity.
Have you come across the dialogues in movies being out-of-sync with the video? Well, that's a real thing.
And to counteract such errors, make use of the Lip Sync feature on your TV.
The Lip Sync feature is all about matching audio with the video, or in other words, getting the timing right.
Mismatched audio and video will ruin the whole experience of watching your favorite content.
If you feel like the audio is out-of-sync with the video on your Vizio TV, head on to the Audio setting tab and select the Lip sync option.
Match the audio with the video on screen to unify the two aspects.
Equilizer on Vizio TVs works in the same exact way as equalizers do in any other gadget - custom modify frequency ranges to your liking.
Tinkering with the Equalizer falls under a more advanced category of Audio setting modification.
The recommended setting for this feature is its default. Of course, you can change them if you want a more refined audio output, say a bit more treble (higher frequency) in your audio.
When you open the Equalizer setting option from the Audio menu tab, you can find a set of sliders corresponding to various frequency ranges.
A mode tile will also be present towards the top. Select User mode to make custom changes to the frequency sets. Other preset modes include Ambient, Direct, Dynamic, etc.
Best Audio Settings for External Speakers on Vizio TV
Speakers ascend even the most casual of entertainment experiences to the next level.
Nowadays, external speakers have become a staple of most homes, may it be for casual entertainment purposes or serious audiophile adventures.
With a wide range of input and output ports at your disposal, Vizio TVs offer excellent compatibility with external speakers.
In fact, Vizio also offers proprietary Vizio Soundbars to pair up with your Vizio TV. But there have been reports of pairing issues between a Vizio Soundbar and a Subwoofer in recent times.
Nonetheless, when it comes to external speakers, you will have to change a few settings with the speakers to get the most out of them.
With Vizio Soundbars, press the Menu button on the Soundbar remote to bring up a proprietary menu tab.
Make the below-mentioned adjustments to the Audio tab to get the best possible audio out of your external speakers:
|Audio Setting||Recommended Config||Remarks|
|Surround Sound||Virtual: X (VRT: X/VST: X)||Accentuates the immersion factor.|
|Digital Audio Out||PCM||For speakers with HDMI, ARC outputs|
|Analog Audio Out||Fixed||RCA cable outputs|
|Height||ON||Menu>Height. Turns ON height speakers to accentuate the immersion.|
As you can see from the table, you will have to tinker around with a couple more audio settings before you can get the best audio out of your speakers.
Let's check them out, shall we?
Digital Audio Out
This setting option determines the nature of the output from the Vizio TV to the external speaker.
As the name suggests, it works only with Speakers using a Digital output medium like HDMI or ARC or even optical out.
Within the Digital Audio Out setting tab, you will find three different setting options - Auto/Digital/PCM.
Out of three options, PCM offers the best output. It makes use of Pulse-Code Modulation, a type of digital data transfer stream mechanism.
Although, if you want to avail Dolby Atmos on your Speakers, better opt for Digital.
Analog Audio Out
Now, if you're using an old-school shelf speaker with colored RCA cables, you better take a look at the Analog Audio Out option.
Analog Audio Out determines the output for speakers with analog inputs.
And the best settings option within the AAO tab is the Fixed option.
When configuring the EQ mode for your External Speakers on a Vizio TV, choose the Direct mode above all others. Direct Mode bypasses most encoding standards to deliver a more raw output.
You could also side with Movie mode since it emulates a 5.1 surround sound system but is often buggy.
And there you have it, a comprehensive guide on the best audio settings for a Vizio TV.
Included, too, is the best audio settings for external speakers when you connect it to a Vizio TV.
Audio preferences have always been a subjective matter.
Unlike color issues on Vizio TV, audio doesn't pose much of a threat as of yet. So feel free to configure it to your heart's content.
And so, even if you did find the configurations mentioned in this article helpful, feel free to play around with the audio settings on your Vizio TV to further fine-tune the audio.
You'll never know what you land upon if you don't take the initiative to try!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is Bitstream on VIZIO TV?
Bitstream is a type of digital data stream transfer mechanism employed in Digital Audio Out on Vizio TVs. You can enable bitstream on Vizio TVs by choosing the Digital Mode on Digital Audio Out. It works well with Dolby Digital and Dolby Atmos platforms.
Why is my VIZIO TV sound so low?
If you can't increase the volume on your Vizio TV with a remote, try manually adjusting the volume using the onboard buttons on the TV. If that, too, doesn't work, your Vizio TV might be defective or damaged. Try factory resetting the TV as a fix.
Why is the music louder than the voices on my VIZIO TV?
If you find the volume of the background music or any other sounds to be higher than the vocal volume, check and disable TruVolume on your Vizio TV. You can access the Volume Leveling option by going to Menu>Audio>Volume Leveling>OFF.