Sonos Beam vs Vizio V21-H8 review

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Sonos Beam vs Vizio V21-H8 review

Sonos Beam
vs
Vizio V21-H8

I had a chance to test and compare two models: Sonos Beam vs Vizio V21-H8 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Sonos Beam was rated 6, while the Vizio V21-H8 has a rating 5.5. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause for the Beam and power, volume down, volume up, source, Bluetooth for the V21-H8.

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 V21-H8 has 2.1. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer connects to the Beam via wireless, but V21-H8 has wired and wireless connection type. Audio features and specs of considered models we rated 6 out of 10 in our ranking. The units in this comparison do not support Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the Beam. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Sonos Beam versus 0/1 HDMIs in the Vizio V21-H8. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the V21-H8. The connectivity of each of the models was estimated at 6/10.

Features

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.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the Beam or V21-H8. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The Beam was rated 4/10, while the V21-H8 received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Sonos Beam over Vizio V21-H8

  • WI-FI enabled

Advantages Vizio V21-H8 over Sonos Beam

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
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Common

Product

Sonos Beam
Vizio V21-H8

Model

Beam
V21-H8

Brand

Sonos
Vizio

Reviews

3280
21

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, volume down, volume up, source, Bluetooth

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wired, wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wired, wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Chromecast
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
0/1

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
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
100 x 27.4 x 37.6/39 x 11 x 15

Weight, kg/pounds

2.8/6.2
2/5

Other

Release year

2018
2020
Sonos Beam
Vizio V21-H8
Sonos Beam
Vizio V21-H8

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6
  • 5.5
  • 6Sonos Beam
  • 5.5Vizio V21-H8

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