I had a chance to test and compare two models: Vizio V21-H8 vs Sonos Arc and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Vizio V21-H8 was rated 5.5, while the Sonos Arc has a rating 7. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, source, Bluetooth for the V21-H8 and volume down, volume up, play/pause, microphone for the Arc.
Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer connects to the V21-H8 via wired and wireless, but Arc has wireless connection type. Rate 6 out of 10 received the Vizio V21-H8 for audio features and specs, but the Sonos Arc received 5 out of 10. The Arc can play audio from Spotify.
Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the Arc. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 0/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Vizio V21-H8 versus 1/0 HDMIs in the Sonos Arc. As in the V21-H8, so in the Arc there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). We rated the connectivity of the V21-H8 at 6 out of 10, while the Arc was rated 7/10.
Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. The soundbars in this review are equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.
Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the Arc. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The V21-H8 was rated 5/10, while the Arc received a mark of 4/10 for multichannel surround.