KEF HTF7003 vs VIZIO SB36512-F6 review

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Rating 5 5
KEF HTF7003
vs
VIZIO SB36512-F6

I had a chance to test and compare two models: KEF HTF7003 vs VIZIO SB36512-F6 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The KEF HTF7003 was rated 5, while the VIZIO SB36512-F6 has a rating 7.

Audio features

Soundbars have different amplification type - passive versus active respectively to devices. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that HTF7003 has 3.0 and SB36512-F6 has 5.1.2. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. Rate 6 out of 10 received the KEF HTF7003 for audio features and specs, but the VIZIO SB36512-F6 received 8 out of 10.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Google Play Music service is only in the SB36512-F6. The SB36512-F6 can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the SB36512-F6. Bluetooth support integrated in the SB36512-F6. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the SB36512-F6. We rated the connectivity of the HTF7003 at 4 out of 10, while the SB36512-F6 was rated 8/10.

Features

The manufacturer of the SB36512-F6 provides a device control application. Soundbars in this review are not equipped with a microphone. The VIZIO SB36512-F6 may become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the SB36512-F6. 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

KEF HTF7003
VIZIO SB36512-F6

Model

HTF7003
SB36512-F6

Brand

KEF
VIZIO

Reviews

9
58

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

has not
power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
5.1.2

Amplification type

passive
active

Output power, W

100

Separate speaker (in package)

0
2

Separate speaker connections

wired
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

has not
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora, TIDAL, VIZIO SmartCast, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
1/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

0/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
1/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

3/0
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

78.5 x 8.1 x 6.1/30.9 x 3.1 x 2.4
91.4 x 6.3 x 8.1/36 x 2.5 x 3.1

Weight, kg/pounds

2.1/4.6
2.5/5.6
KEF HTF7003
VIZIO SB36512-F6
KEF HTF7003
VIZIO SB36512-F6

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

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  • worse
  • 5
  • 7
  • 5KEF HTF7003
  • 7VIZIO SB36512-F6

The VIZIO SB36512-F6 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check VIZIO SB36512-F6 price