VIZIO SB36512-F6 vs Vizio M21d-H8 review

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VIZIO SB36512-F6 vs Vizio M21d-H8 comparison chart

VIZIO SB36512-F6 vs Vizio M21d-H8 review

VIZIO SB36512-F6
vs
Vizio M21d-H8

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – VIZIO SB36512-F6 vs Vizio M21d-H8. The VIZIO SB36512-F6 was rated 7.4, while the Vizio M21d-H8 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 power, volume down, volume up, source, Bluetooth for the M21d-H8.

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 M21d-H8 has 2.1. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the Vizio M21d-H8. Rate 8 out of 10 received the VIZIO SB36512-F6 for audio features and specs, but the Vizio M21d-H8 received 5 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 Vizio M21d-H8. As in the SB36512-F6, so in the M21d-H8 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 M21d-H8 was rated 6/10. The manufacturer of the SB36512-F6 provides a device control application. The Vizio M21d-H8 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 M21d-H8 received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages VIZIO SB36512-F6 over Vizio M21d-H8

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • App control
  • Multi-room support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos

Advantages Vizio M21d-H8 over VIZIO SB36512-F6

  • Built-in subwoofer
  • Microphone
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Common

Product

VIZIO SB36512-F6
Vizio M21d-H8

Model

SB36512-F6
M21d-H8

Brand

VIZIO
Vizio

Reviews

165
4

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, volume down, volume up, source, Bluetooth

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1.2
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

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
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

N/A

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

91.4 x 6.3 x 8.1/36 x 2.5 x 3.1
98 x 11.4 x 18.8/39 x 5 x 7

Weight, kg/pounds

2.5/5.6
3/6

Other

Release year

2018
2020
VIZIO SB36512-F6
Vizio M21d-H8
VIZIO SB36512-F6
Vizio M21d-H8

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.4
  • 5
  • 7.4VIZIO SB36512-F6
  • 5Vizio M21d-H8

VIZIO SB36512-F6 competitors

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