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 7.4 out of 10 versus 5 for SL5Y. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up and power, volume down, volume up, function, respectively.
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. The VIZIO SB36512-F6 got our rating of 8 out of 10, and the LG SL5Y 7 for its audio features and specs.
Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Spotify support is available on the SB36512-F6.
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 7/10, respectively.
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.
Only the SB36512-F6 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. For multichannel surround VIZIO SB36512-F6 got a rating of 7, and LG SL5Y 6 out of 10.