The VIZIO SB3851-D0 has been discontinued as of early 2018. Check out the current review for information on newer products.
If you're looking for the simplicity of a sound bar, but still want the immersive experience of surround sound, the VIZIO SB3851-D0 may be the perfect compromise. It offers full 5.1 channel surround sound. Three of those channels are stuffed into a convenient soundbar, two of them are in wired satellite speakers, and there is also a wired subwoofer. The other 5+ channel soundbar system we tested, the Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro, does produce slightly better sound than the VIZIO. However, it is much more difficult to set up and costs nearly twice as much. Because of this, the VIZIO earned our Top Pick for 5.1 Channel Award.