VIZIO SB36512-F6 vs Sony HT-ST5000 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, SB36512-F6 has a total rating of 7.4 out of 10 versus 8.6 for HT-ST5000. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up and power, volume down, volume up, input Bluetooth, music service, respectively.
Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the VIZIO SB36512-F6 has 5.1.2 versus 7.1.2 for the Sony HT-ST5000. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The VIZIO SB36512-F6 got our rating of 8 out of 10, and the Sony HT-ST5000 9 for its audio features and specs.
Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.
These models have the ability to connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The VIZIO SB36512-F6 has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 3/1 of the Sony HT-ST5000. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the SB36512-F6 received a rating of 8/10 versus 9/10, respectively. App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present only on the HT-ST5000. Multi-room is available to every soundbar.
Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HT-ST5000. For multichannel surround VIZIO SB36512-F6 got a rating of 7, and Sony HT-ST5000 8 out of 10.