I had a chance to test and compare two models: Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 vs VIZIO SB36512-F6 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 was rated 8, while the VIZIO SB36512-F6 has a rating 7.4. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, source, demo, volume down, volume up for the Shockwafe Elite 7.2 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 Shockwafe Elite 7.2 has 7.2.4 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 9 out of 10 received the Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 for audio features and specs, but the VIZIO SB36512-F6 received 8 out of 10.
Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.
Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the SB36512-F6. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 3/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite 7.2 versus 1/0 HDMIs in the VIZIO SB36512-F6. As in the Shockwafe Elite 7.2, so in the SB36512-F6 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. The connectivity of each of the models was estimated at 8/10.
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.
Manufacturers equipped both units with Dolby Atmos audio decoder. The Shockwafe Elite 7.2 can work with surround sound due to DTS:X support. The Shockwafe Elite 7.2 was rated 10/10, while the SB36512-F6 received a mark of 7/10 for multichannel surround.