Sonos Beam vs VIZIO SB36512-F6

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Sonos Beam vs VIZIO SB36512-F6

Sonos Beam review

What catches an eye when comparing Sonos Beam vs VIZIO SB 36512-F6 is that there are five “distant” microphones in Sonos Beam so that Alexa's voice assistant can hear you even at a great distance. During the test, this worked well, even if music or TV sound interfered with the speech. I did not notice a qualitative difference with Amazon Echo during the whole two-week test. The Sonos app can also be used to wirelessly play music on the soundbar. The device supports music services, Internet radio and NAS (network storage). For surround sound, you can combine several Sonos devices. There are 3.0 built-in channels. Sonos Beam

VIZIO SB 36512-F6 review

In terms of features, there are two highlight attributes that you should pay attention to: Dolby Atmos and, to a lesser extent, SmartCast. When comparing VIZIO SB 36512-F6 vs Sonos Beam you have Atmos content on an Atmos-compatible system, the lower LEDs turn green to indicate that you hear Atmos - you know, if you cannot recognize it by the sound of a helicopter flying overhead. Another feature that you should pay attention to is SmartCast, a Chromecast Built-in extension that allows you (theoretically) to broadcast content from your phone to the soundbar. There are 5.1.2 built-in channels. VIZIO SB 36512-F6

Sonos Beam pros & cons

Pros

  • Most of the time I do not notice any lag while watching streaming movies from Netflix or YouTube
  • The other big benefit is that has Alexa built-in and I love using Alexa for Spotify music streaming

Cons

  • It consumes the HDMI ARC port on your TV

VIZIO SB 36512-F6 pros & cons

Pros

  • The satellite speakers have color coded inputs of blue and gray to help indicate which speaker is which
  • I’ve also Chromecasted music from my Google Play Music library directly onto the soundbar and having the sound setting being defaulted to “music” instead of “direct” also blew my mind away

Cons

  • It does not process HDR color information accurately with apple tv 4k

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Sonos Beam

Sonos Beam review

Nov 22, 2019

Beam is the home theater speaker system in the Sonos universe. Positioned as a compact soundbar, the model not only sounds good, but also bears the proud title of “smart” thanks to the int...

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VIZIO SB36512-F6

VIZIO SB36512-F6 review

Nov 22, 2019

Have a look at the 36-inch Vizio 5.1.2 home theater speaker system with Dolby Atmos (or, technically speaking, SB36512-F6). This soundbar comes with two satellite speakers, a subwoofer and the abilit...

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Common

Product

Sonos Beam
VIZIO SB36512-F6

Model

Beam
SB36512-F6

Brand

Sonos
VIZIO

Reviews

1037
58

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

volume down, volume up, microphone button, play/pause
power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
5.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

Separate speaker (in package)

0
2

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Chromecast
Pandora, TIDAL, VIZIO SmartCast, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
1/0

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)

0/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

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

65 x 6.8x 10/25.6 x 2.7 x 3.9
91.4 x 6.3 x 8.1/36 x 2.5 x 3.1

Weight, kg/pounds

2.8/6.2
2.5/5.6
Sonos Beam
VIZIO SB36512-F6
Sonos Beam
VIZIO SB36512-F6

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