VIZIO SB36512-F6 vs Yamaha SR-C20A review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

VIZIO SB36512-F6 vs Yamaha SR-C20A comparison chart

Overall
VIZIO SB36512-F6
7.4
Yamaha SR-C20A
5
7
6

VIZIO SB36512-F6 vs Yamaha SR-C20A review

VIZIO SB36512-F6
vs
Yamaha SR-C20A

An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so VIZIO SB36512-F6 vs Yamaha SR-C20A comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, SB36512-F6 has a total rating of 7.4 out of 10 versus 5 for SR-C20A. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up and volume down, volume up, power, source, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. Only the Yamaha SR-C20A has a built-in subwoofer. The VIZIO SB36512-F6 got our rating of 8 out of 10, and the Yamaha SR-C20A 6 for its audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. 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 0/1 of the Yamaha SR-C20A. 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.

Features

App control is available in every soundbar. 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. For multichannel surround VIZIO SB36512-F6 got a rating of 7, and Yamaha SR-C20A 5 out of 10.

Advantages VIZIO SB36512-F6 over Yamaha SR-C20A

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • Multi-room support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos

Advantages Yamaha SR-C20A over VIZIO SB36512-F6

  • Built-in subwoofer
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Common

Product

VIZIO SB36512-F6
Yamaha SR-C20A

Model

SB36512-F6
SR-C20A

Brand

VIZIO
Yamaha

Reviews

165
28

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
volume down, volume up, power, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

100 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

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
0/1

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
2/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

1/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
has not

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
58.4 x 5 x 7.6/23.6 x 2.5 x 3.7

Weight, kg/pounds

2.5/5.6
1.3/3.9

Other

Release year

2018
2020
VIZIO SB36512-F6
Yamaha SR-C20A
VIZIO SB36512-F6
Yamaha SR-C20A

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.4
  • 5
  • 7.4VIZIO SB36512-F6
  • 5Yamaha SR-C20A

VIZIO SB36512-F6 competitors

Yamaha SR-C20A competitors