As far as I could tell the sides are purely decorative.Hmm, yeah I'd take any of the soundbars in this $150 list (many of them are bulky/old school looking) over that design. Really weird. Didn't read much about it so those on the sides are speakers too? Looks like Vizio needs to send better ones to UK, imo.
I quite agree, which is why I gave it a Best Buy badge in my review: Yamaha YAS-107 Soundbar Review Although it does appear to be £100 more than the Vizio.I think the Yamaha yas-107 is a better buy as it looks more cleaner, has ARC and gives the option for a powered subwoofer.