Sonos Playbar vs VIZIO SB4451-C0 review

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Rating 5 5
Sonos Playbar
vs
VIZIO SB4451-C0

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Sonos Playbar vs VIZIO SB4451-C0. The Sonos Playbar was rated 4.5, while the VIZIO SB4451-C0 has a rating 6.4. 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 SB4451-C0.

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 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 7 out of 10 received the Sonos Playbar for audio features and specs, but the VIZIO SB4451-C0 received 8 out of 10.

Streaming services

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

Connectivity

Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Bluetooth support integrated in the SB4451-C0. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the SB4451-C0. We rated the connectivity of the Playbar at 3 out of 10, while the SB4451-C0 was rated 8/10.

Features

Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the 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 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.

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Common

Product

Sonos Playbar
VIZIO SB4451-C0

Model

Playbar
SB4451-C0

Brand

Sonos
VIZIO

Reviews

1323
100

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
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, SoundCloud
VIZIO SmartCast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

2
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
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

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
111.7 x 7.6 x 7.6/44 x 3 x 3

Weight, kg/pounds

5.4/11.9
4.5/10.8
Sonos Playbar
VIZIO SB4451-C0
Sonos Playbar
VIZIO SB4451-C0

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4.5
  • 6.4
  • 4.5Sonos Playbar
  • 6.4VIZIO SB4451-C0

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