Sonos Beam vs VIZIO SB4451-C0 review

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Rating 5 5
Sonos Beam
vs
VIZIO SB4451-C0

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Sonos Beam vs VIZIO SB4451-C0. The Sonos Beam was rated 5.6, while the VIZIO SB4451-C0 has a rating 6.4. 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 SB4451-C0.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that Beam has 3.0 and SB4451-C0 has 5.1. 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 SB4451-C0 received 8 out of 10.

Streaming services

The Sonos Beam is equipped with AirPlay 2, but the VIZIO SB4451-C0 has AirPlay on board. Google Play Music service is only in the SB4451-C0. The SB4451-C0 can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

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 SB4451-C0. We rated the connectivity of the Beam at 6 out of 10, while the SB4451-C0 was rated 8/10. Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. The Sonos Beam equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the Beam or SB4451-C0. 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 same score of 2/10 was put to the soundbars for multichannel surround support.

Advantages Sonos Beam over VIZIO SB4451-C0

  • Microphone

Advantages VIZIO SB4451-C0 over Sonos Beam

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support

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Product

Sonos Beam
VIZIO SB4451-C0

Model

Beam
SB4451-C0

Brand

Sonos
VIZIO

Reviews

2282
118

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

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
5.1

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
AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Chromecast
VIZIO SmartCast

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
111.7 x 7.6 x 7.6/44 x 3 x 3

Weight, kg/pounds

2.8/6.2
4.5/10.8
Sonos Beam
VIZIO SB4451-C0
Sonos Beam
VIZIO SB4451-C0

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.6
  • 6.4
  • 5.6Sonos Beam
  • 6.4VIZIO SB4451-C0

The VIZIO SB4451-C0 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check VIZIO SB4451-C0 price