I had a chance to test and compare two models: Sonos Beam vs VIZIO SB36512-F6 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Sonos Beam was rated 5.6, while the VIZIO SB36512-F6 has a rating 7. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause for the Beam and power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up for the SB36512-F6.
Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that Beam has 3.0 and SB36512-F6 has 5.1.2. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer can be connected to any of the units in this comparison. Rate 6 out of 10 received the Sonos Beam for audio features and specs, but the VIZIO SB36512-F6 received 8 out of 10. Google Play Music service is only in the SB36512-F6. The SB36512-F6 can play audio from Spotify.
Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs are in each of soundbars. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the SB36512-F6. We rated the connectivity of the Beam at 6 out of 10, while the SB36512-F6 was rated 8/10. Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. The Sonos Beam equipped with a microphone. The VIZIO SB36512-F6 may become part of a multiroom system.
Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the SB36512-F6. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. DTS Virtual:X technology not supported by any of the soundbars in this review. The Beam was rated 2/10, while the SB36512-F6 received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.
The VIZIO SB36512-F6 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check VIZIO SB36512-F6 price