VIZIO SB36512-F6 vs LG SL5Y review

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VIZIO SB36512-F6
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LG SL5Y

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - VIZIO SB36512-F6 vs LG SL5Y that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, SB36512-F6 has a total rating of 7 out of 10 versus 4.5 for SL5Y. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up and power, volume down, volume up, function, 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 2.1 for the LG SL5Y. 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.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Only the SB36512-F6 supports Google Play Music. Spotify support is available on the SB36512-F6.

Connectivity

Only the VIZIO SB36512-F6 can 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 1/1 of the LG SL5Y. 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 6/10, respectively.

Features

App control is available for the SB36512-F6. None of the models under consideration have a built-in microphone. Multi-room is only available for the VIZIO SB36512-F6.

Multichannel surround

Only the SB36512-F6 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. The SL5Y supports DTS Virtual:X. For multichannel surround VIZIO SB36512-F6 got a rating of 5, and LG SL5Y 4 out of 10.

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Common

Product

VIZIO SB36512-F6
LG SL5Y

Model

SB36512-F6
SL5Y

Brand

VIZIO
LG

Reviews

58
254

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, function

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1.2
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

90

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

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)

Google Play Music

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

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 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
89 x 5.5 x 8.6/35. x 2.2 x 3.4

Weight, kg/pounds

2.5/5.6
2.3/5.2
VIZIO SB36512-F6
LG SL5Y
VIZIO SB36512-F6
LG SL5Y

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

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  • 7
  • 4.5
  • 7VIZIO SB36512-F6
  • 4.5LG SL5Y

The VIZIO SB36512-F6 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check VIZIO SB36512-F6 price