VIZIO SB36512-F6 vs Sony HT-ST5000 review

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VIZIO SB36512-F6
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Sony HT-ST5000

VIZIO SB36512-F6 vs Sony HT-ST5000 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, SB36512-F6 has a total rating of 7 out of 10 versus 7.8 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.

Audio features

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.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Only the SB36512-F6 supports Google Play Music. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.

Connectivity

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.

Features

App control is available in every soundbar. None of the models under consideration have a built-in microphone. Multi-room is available to every soundbar.

Multichannel surround

Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HT-ST5000. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support. For multichannel surround VIZIO SB36512-F6 got a rating of 5, and Sony HT-ST5000 7 out of 10.

Advantages VIZIO SB36512-F6 over Sony HT-ST5000

  • Google Play Music compatible

Advantages Sony HT-ST5000 over VIZIO SB36512-F6

  • Compatible with DTS:X

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
VIZIO SB36512-F6
7
Sony HT-ST5000
7.8
7
7
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Common

Product

VIZIO SB36512-F6
Sony HT-ST5000

Model

SB36512-F6
HT-ST5000

Brand

VIZIO
Sony

Reviews

112
139

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up
power, volume down, volume up, input Bluetooth, music service

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1.2
7.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

140

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, TIDAL, VIZIO SmartCast, Chromecast
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, TIDAL, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuz, Chromecast, iHeart

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
3/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

1/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
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

91.4 x 6.3 x 8.1/36 x 2.5 x 3.1
117.8 x 7.8 x 14.4/46.4 x 3.1 x 5.7

Weight, kg/pounds

2.5/5.6
8.1/18
VIZIO SB36512-F6
Sony HT-ST5000
VIZIO SB36512-F6
Sony HT-ST5000

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7
  • 7.8
  • 7VIZIO SB36512-F6
  • 7.8Sony HT-ST5000

The Sony HT-ST5000 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Sony HT-ST5000 price