Samsung HW-S40T vs Vizio M21d-H8 review

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Samsung HW-S40T vs Vizio M21d-H8 review

Samsung HW-S40T
vs
Vizio M21d-H8

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Samsung HW-S40T vs Vizio M21d-H8. Both soundbars received a score of 5 in our ranking. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, volume down, volume up, power, source for the HW-S40T and power, volume down, volume up, source, Bluetooth for the M21d-H8.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that HW-S40T has 2.0 and M21d-H8 has 2.1. Competitors have a built-in subwoofer. Rate 6 out of 10 received the Samsung HW-S40T for audio features and specs, but the Vizio M21d-H8 received 5 out of 10.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. The units in this comparison do not support Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models do not have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Samsung HW-S40T versus 1/1 HDMIs in the Vizio M21d-H8. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the M21d-H8. Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. The connectivity of each of the models was estimated at 6/10. The manufacturer of the HW-S40T provides a device control application. The Vizio M21d-H8 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 HW-S40T or M21d-H8. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The same score of 5/10 was put to the soundbars for multichannel surround support.

Advantages Samsung HW-S40T over Vizio M21d-H8

  • App control

Advantages Vizio M21d-H8 over Samsung HW-S40T

  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • Microphone
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Common

Product

Samsung HW-S40T
Vizio M21d-H8

Model

HW-S40T
M21d-H8

Brand

Samsung
Vizio

Reviews

235
4

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

volume down, volume up, power, source
power, volume down, volume up, source, Bluetooth

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.0
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

100

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

has not
has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
1/1

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
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, Siri

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

N/A

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

66 x 5 x 11.4/26.8 x 2.7 x 4.5
98 x 11.4 x 18.8/39 x 5 x 7

Weight, kg/pounds

1.8/4.2
3/6

Other

Release year

2020
2020
Samsung HW-S40T
Vizio M21d-H8
Samsung HW-S40T
Vizio M21d-H8

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5
  • 5
  • 5Samsung HW-S40T
  • 5Vizio M21d-H8

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