An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so VIZIO SB36512-F6 vs Bose Soundbar 500 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, both soundbars have the same overall rating of 7.4. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up and microphone, 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 3.0 for the Bose Soundbar 500. 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 Bose Soundbar 500 6 for its audio features and specs. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.
These models have the ability to connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Each soundbar has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, each of the soundbars received a rating of 8/10. App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present only on the Soundbar 500. Multi-room is only available for the VIZIO SB36512-F6.
Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. For multichannel surround VIZIO SB36512-F6 got a rating of 7, and Bose Soundbar 500 4 out of 10.