VIZIO SB36512-F6 vs Samsung HW-N650 review

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Rating 5 5
VIZIO SB36512-F6
vs
Samsung HW-N650

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – VIZIO SB36512-F6 vs Samsung HW-N650. The VIZIO SB36512-F6 was rated 7, while the Samsung HW-N650 has a rating 6.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up for the SB36512-F6 and volume down, volume up, input, power for the HW-N650.

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-N650 has 5.1. 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-N650 received 7 out of 10. Both the SB36512-F6 and the HW-N650 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. 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs are in each of soundbars. As in the SB36512-F6, so in the HW-N650 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-N650 was rated 7/10.

Features

Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. The Samsung HW-N650 equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration can 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 SB36512-F6 was rated 5/10, while the HW-N650 received a mark of 2/10 for multichannel surround.

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Common

Product

VIZIO SB36512-F6
Samsung HW-N650

Model

SB36512-F6
HW-N650

Brand

VIZIO
Samsung

Reviews

58
54

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
volume down, volume up, input, power

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1.2
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

360 (overall)

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)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, TIDAL, VIZIO SmartCast, Chromecast
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
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

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
109.2 x 5 x 7.6/43.3 x 2.3 x 3.9

Weight, kg/pounds

2.5/5.6
3.1/7.9
VIZIO SB36512-F6
Samsung HW-N650
VIZIO SB36512-F6
Samsung HW-N650

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7
  • 6.6
  • 7VIZIO SB36512-F6
  • 6.6Samsung HW-N650

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