It makes sense comparing VIZIO SB36512-F6 vs Samsung HW-N850 because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, SB36512-F6 has a total rating of 7.4 out of 10 versus 8.6 for HW-N850. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up and power, input, volume down, volume up, respectively.
Both soundbars have active amplification type. Soundbars have the same number of channels on 5.1.2. 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 Samsung HW-N850 7 for its audio features and specs. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.
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 2/0 of the Samsung HW-N850. 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 7/10, respectively. App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present only on the HW-N850. Multi-room is available to every soundbar.
Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HW-N850. For multichannel surround VIZIO SB36512-F6 got a rating of 7, and Samsung HW-N850 9 out of 10.