VIZIO SB36512-F6 vs Samsung HW-N950 review

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Rating 5 5
VIZIO SB36512-F6
vs
Samsung HW-N950

An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so VIZIO SB36512-F6 vs Samsung HW-N950 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, SB36512-F6 has a total rating of 7 out of 10 versus 8.2 for HW-N950. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up and power, input, volume down, volume up, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the VIZIO SB36512-F6 has 5.1.2 versus 7.1.4 for the Samsung HW-N950. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. Both models received our 8 rating of 10 for their audio features and specs. Both models support Google Play Music. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.

Connectivity

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-N950. 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-N950. Multi-room is available to every soundbar.

Multichannel surround

Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HW-N950. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support. For multichannel surround VIZIO SB36512-F6 got a rating of 5, and Samsung HW-N950 7 out of 10.

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Common

Product

VIZIO SB36512-F6
Samsung HW-N950

Model

SB36512-F6
HW-N950

Brand

VIZIO
Samsung

Reviews

58
86

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, input, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1.2
7.1.4

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

512 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

2
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, TIDAL, VIZIO SmartCast, Chromecast
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
2/0

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
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa

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
122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3

Weight, kg/pounds

2.5/5.6
8.8/19.4
VIZIO SB36512-F6
Samsung HW-N950
VIZIO SB36512-F6
Samsung HW-N950

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7
  • 8.2
  • 7VIZIO SB36512-F6
  • 8.2Samsung HW-N950

The Samsung HW-N950 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-N950 price