Yamaha YAS-108 vs VIZIO SB3621n-F8M

VIZIO SB3621n-F8M vs Yamaha YAS-108

VIZIO SB3621n-F8M review

I really liked comparing VIZIO SB3621n-F8M vs Yamaha YAS-108. This is a 2.1 sound bar system, designed to complement 40” class tv’s. The SB3621n-F8M now includes DTS Virtual:X, which is a fairly cutting edge audio codec that can simulate the surround and overhead sound of the DTS:X codec (hence the “virtual” descriptor) without actually needing the actual positioned speakers. Basically, it can make it sound like you have surround and overhead speakers without actually having them, which is quite the cool feature for a 2.1 system that remains as inexpensive as this one is. VIZIO SB3621n-F8M

Yamaha YAS-108 review

But what if we take Yamaha YAS-108 vs VIZIO SB3621n-F8M. In total, there are two digital inputs - HDMI and optical, there is also an analog input on a 3.5 mm mini-jack, outputs - HDMI and an analog output to a subwoofer. Support for all major signal formats and HDMI functions - present, including HDR10 and HLG, as well as ARC and CEC control protocols. Wireless capabilities here are presented by Bluetooth of the latest version 5.0, which is enough to connect a smartphone or tablet and stream music from them. The kit also includes a small and convenient remote control. There are 2.0 built-in channels. Yamaha YAS-108

VIZIO SB3621n-F8M pros & cons

Pros

  • The sound and dialog is very clear coming from the speakers
  • Easy to set up. I ran my optical cable and power, that's it

Cons

  • I do wish I could figure out how to control the soundbar volume with my main remote

Yamaha YAS-108 pros & cons

Pros

  • The bass is surprisingly powerful for it's size
  • 3D Surround is probably something I'll keep on till this soundbar dies
  • Bass extension takes it to another level

Cons

  • DTS Virtual:X is horrible. It's supposed to simulate sound coming from the ceiling. You'll know when it's on when you see the surround LED blue

Votes 3 3
Rating 3.3 3.3

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha YAS-108
6.2
VIZIO SB3621n-F8M
4.6
8
5
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Common

Product

Yamaha YAS-108
VIZIO SB3621n-F8M

Model

YAS-108
SB3621n-F8M

Brand

Yamaha
VIZIO

Reviews

950
531

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

input, mute, volume down, volume up, power
power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.0
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

120

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wired, wireless
has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wired, wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
VIZIO SmartCast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
0/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
1/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

1
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Digital

Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

88.9 x 5.3 x 12.9/35 x 2.1 x 5.1
91.4 x 5.1 x 7.6/36 x 2.1 x 3.2

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/7.1
2.9/4.4
Yamaha YAS-108
VIZIO SB3621n-F8M
Yamaha YAS-108
VIZIO SB3621n-F8M

Soundbars CHooseratoR comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.2
  • 4.6
  • 6.2Yamaha YAS-108
  • 4.6VIZIO SB3621n-F8M

The Yamaha YAS-108 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Yamaha YAS-108 price