I had a chance to test and compare two models: Samsung HW-Q90R vs VIZIO SB36512-F6 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Samsung HW-Q90R was rated 7.2, while the VIZIO SB36512-F6 has a rating 7. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, source for the HW-Q90R and power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up for the SB36512-F6.
Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that HW-Q90R has 7.1.4 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 10 out of 10 received the Samsung HW-Q90R for audio features and specs, but the VIZIO SB36512-F6 received 8 out of 10.
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.
Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 2/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Samsung HW-Q90R versus 1/0 HDMIs in the VIZIO SB36512-F6. As in the HW-Q90R, so in the SB36512-F6 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the HW-Q90R at 7 out of 10, while the SB36512-F6 was rated 8/10. Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. The Samsung HW-Q90R equipped with a microphone. The VIZIO SB36512-F6 may become part of a multiroom system.
Manufacturers equipped both units with Dolby Atmos audio decoder. The HW-Q90R can work with surround sound due to DTS:X support. DTS Virtual:X technology not supported by any of the soundbars in this review. The HW-Q90R was rated 7/10, while the SB36512-F6 received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.
The Samsung HW-Q90R is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-Q90R price