Samsung HW-M360/ZA vs VIZIO SB36512-F6 review

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Samsung HW-M360/ZA
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VIZIO SB36512-F6

I had a chance to test and compare two models: Samsung HW-M360/ZA vs VIZIO SB36512-F6 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Samsung HW-M360/ZA was rated 5.6, while the VIZIO SB36512-F6 has a rating 7. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, volume down, volume up, power, input for the HW-M360/ZA and power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up for the SB36512-F6.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that HW-M360/ZA has 2.1 and SB36512-F6 has 5.1.2. 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 7 out of 10 received the Samsung HW-M360/ZA for audio features and specs, but the VIZIO SB36512-F6 received 8 out of 10. Both the HW-M360/ZA and the SB36512-F6 have Google Play Music on board. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the SB36512-F6. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the SB36512-F6. Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the HW-M360/ZA at 5 out of 10, while the SB36512-F6 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 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. The HW-M360/ZA was rated 2/10, while the SB36512-F6 received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.

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Common

Product

Samsung HW-M360/ZA
VIZIO SB36512-F6

Model

HW-M360/ZA
SB36512-F6

Brand

Samsung
VIZIO

Reviews

763
58

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

volume down, volume up, power, input
power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
5.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

100

Separate speaker (in package)

0
2

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)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast
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

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
1/0

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

88.9 x 5.1 x 5.8/35.7 x 2.1 x 2.7
91.4 x 6.3 x 8.1/36 x 2.5 x 3.1

Weight, kg/pounds

1.4/3.3
2.5/5.6
Samsung HW-M360/ZA
VIZIO SB36512-F6
Samsung HW-M360/ZA
VIZIO SB36512-F6

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.6
  • 7
  • 5.6Samsung HW-M360/ZA
  • 7VIZIO SB36512-F6

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