Sonos Playbar vs VIZIO SB3821-C6 review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5
Sonos Playbar
vs
VIZIO SB3821-C6

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Sonos Playbar vs VIZIO SB3821-C6. Both soundbars received a score of 4.5 in our ranking. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, play/pause, volume up, volume down for the Playbar and power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up for the SB3821-C6.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that Playbar has 3.0 and SB3821-C6 has 2.1. 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 7 out of 10 received the Sonos Playbar for audio features and specs, but the VIZIO SB3821-C6 received 5 out of 10. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. The Playbar can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the Playbar. Bluetooth support integrated in the SB3821-C6. Neither the Playbar nor SB3821-C6 has the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). We rated the connectivity of the Playbar at 3 out of 10, while the SB3821-C6 was rated 6/10.

Features

The manufacturer of the Playbar provides a device control application. Soundbars in this review are not 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 Playbar or SB3821-C6. 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.

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Common

Product

Sonos Playbar
VIZIO SB3821-C6

Model

Playbar
SB3821-C6

Brand

Sonos
VIZIO

Reviews

1510
6426

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

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

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

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, SoundCloud
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

2
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
0/0

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

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

90 x 14 x 8.5/35.4 x 5.5 x 3.3
96.5 x 7.6 x 7.6/38 x 3 x 3

Weight, kg/pounds

5.4/11.9
2.6/5.8
Sonos Playbar
VIZIO SB3821-C6
Sonos Playbar
VIZIO SB3821-C6

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4.5
  • 4.5
  • 4.5Sonos Playbar
  • 4.5VIZIO SB3821-C6

The Sonos Playbar is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Sonos Playbar price