VIZIO SB36512-F6 vs Samsung HW-R550 review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

VIZIO SB36512-F6 vs Samsung HW-R550 comparison chart

Overall
VIZIO SB36512-F6
7.4
Samsung HW-R550
5
7
4

VIZIO SB36512-F6 vs Samsung HW-R550 review

VIZIO SB36512-F6
vs
Samsung HW-R550

In this article, we will talk about VIZIO SB36512-F6 vs Samsung HW-R550 comparison. The VIZIO SB36512-F6 was rated 7.4, while the Samsung HW-R550 has a rating 5. 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, power, source for the HW-R550.

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-R550 has 2.1. 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-R550 received 7 out of 10.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. The SB36512-F6 can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the SB36512-F6. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the VIZIO SB36512-F6 versus 1/1 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-R550. As in the SB36512-F6, so in the HW-R550 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-R550 was rated 7/10.

Features

The manufacturer of the SB36512-F6 provides a device control 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. The SB36512-F6 was rated 7/10, while the HW-R550 received a mark of 4/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages VIZIO SB36512-F6 over Samsung HW-R550

  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • App control
  • Multi-room support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
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Common

Product

VIZIO SB36512-F6
Samsung HW-R550

Model

SB36512-F6
HW-R550

Brand

VIZIO
Samsung

Reviews

165
1236

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, power, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1.2
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

320 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, TIDAL, VIZIO SmartCast, Chromecast
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
1/1

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

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

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
has not

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
89 x 5 x 7.6/35.6 x 2.2 x 3.2

Weight, kg/pounds

2.5/5.6
2.2/4.9

Other

Release year

2018
2019
VIZIO SB36512-F6
Samsung HW-R550
VIZIO SB36512-F6
Samsung HW-R550

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.4
  • 5
  • 7.4VIZIO SB36512-F6
  • 5Samsung HW-R550