VIZIO SB36512-F6 vs Samsung HW-K850 review

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VIZIO SB36512-F6
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Samsung HW-K850

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – VIZIO SB36512-F6 vs Samsung HW-K850. The VIZIO SB36512-F6 was rated 7, while the Samsung HW-K850 has a rating 5.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up for the SB36512-F6 and power, volume down, volume up, source for the HW-K850.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that SB36512-F6 has 5.1.2 and HW-K850 has 3.1.2. 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 8 out of 10 received the VIZIO SB36512-F6 for audio features and specs, but the Samsung HW-K850 received 6 out of 10.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Google Play Music service is only in the SB36512-F6. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the VIZIO SB36512-F6 versus 2/1 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-K850. As in the SB36512-F6, so in the HW-K850 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the SB36512-F6 at 8 out of 10, while the HW-K850 was rated 7/10.

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

Manufacturers equipped both units with Dolby Atmos audio decoder. 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. The same score of 5/10 was put to the soundbars for multichannel surround support.

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Common

Product

VIZIO SB36512-F6
Samsung HW-K850

Model

SB36512-F6
HW-K850

Brand

VIZIO
Samsung

Reviews

58
71

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, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1.2
3.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

350 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, TIDAL, VIZIO SmartCast, Chromecast
Napster, iHeart

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
2/1

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
120.9 x 8.1 x 12.9 /47.6 x 3.2 x 5.1

Weight, kg/pounds

2.5/5.6
6.6/14.7
VIZIO SB36512-F6
Samsung HW-K850
VIZIO SB36512-F6
Samsung HW-K850

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7
  • 5.6
  • 7VIZIO SB36512-F6
  • 5.6Samsung HW-K850

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