VIZIO SB36512-F6 vs Bose Soundbar 500 review

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Rating 5 5
VIZIO SB36512-F6
vs
Bose Soundbar 500

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. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up and microphone, 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 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. Only the SB36512-F6 supports Google Play Music. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.

Connectivity

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.

Multichannel surround

Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support. For multichannel surround VIZIO SB36512-F6 got a rating of 5, and Bose Soundbar 500 4 out of 10.

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Common

Product

VIZIO SB36512-F6
Bose Soundbar 500

Model

SB36512-F6
Soundbar 500

Brand

VIZIO
Bose

Reviews

58
92

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
microphone

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1.2
3.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, TIDAL, VIZIO SmartCast, Chromecast
Pandora,Tuneln, Deezer, iHeart, SiriusXM

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
1/0

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

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

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
80 x 4.3 x 10.1/31.5 x 1.7 x 4

Weight, kg/pounds

2.5/5.6
3.1/7
VIZIO SB36512-F6
Bose Soundbar 500
VIZIO SB36512-F6
Bose Soundbar 500

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

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  • 7
  • 7
  • 7VIZIO SB36512-F6
  • 7Bose Soundbar 500

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