Vizio M21d-H8 vs Denon DHT-S517 review

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Vizio M21d-H8 vs Denon DHT-S517 review

Vizio M21d-H8
vs
Denon DHT-S517

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Vizio M21d-H8 vs Denon DHT-S517 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, M21d-H8 has a total rating of 5 out of 10 versus 5.4 for DHT-S517. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, source, Bluetooth and power, source, demo, volume down, volume up, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Vizio M21d-H8 has 2.1 versus 3.1.2 for the Denon DHT-S517. Only the Vizio M21d-H8 has a built-in subwoofer. Both models received our 5 rating of 10 for their audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Spotify support not implemented in both soundbars.

Connectivity

Both models do not have WI-FI support. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Each soundbar has 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. For connectivity, the M21d-H8 received a rating of 6/10 versus 7/10, respectively. App control is available for the DHT-S517. A built-in microphone is present only on the M21d-H8. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.

Multichannel surround

Only the DHT-S517 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. For multichannel surround Vizio M21d-H8 got a rating of 5, and Denon DHT-S517 7 out of 10.

Advantages Vizio M21d-H8 over Denon DHT-S517

  • Built-in subwoofer
  • Microphone

Advantages Denon DHT-S517 over Vizio M21d-H8

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • App control
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
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Common

Product

Vizio M21d-H8
Denon DHT-S517

Model

M21d-H8
DHT-S517

Brand

Vizio
Denon

Reviews

4
0

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

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

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
3.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

40 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

has not
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless

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

1/1
1/1

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
0

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
0/0

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 Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS Virtual:X
DTS

User manual

Manual

N/A

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

98 x 11.4 x 18.8/39 x 5 x 7
78x4.4x7/35.4x2.1x3.2

Weight, kg/pounds

3/6
2.5/5.5

Other

Release year

2020
2021
Vizio M21d-H8
Denon DHT-S517
Vizio M21d-H8
Denon DHT-S517

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5
  • 5.4
  • 5Vizio M21d-H8
  • 5.4Denon DHT-S517

Vizio M21d-H8 competitors

Denon DHT-S517 competitors