Yamaha YAS-209 vs VIZIO SB36512-F6 review

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Rating 5 5
Yamaha YAS-209
vs
VIZIO SB36512-F6

I had a chance to test and compare two models: Yamaha YAS-209 vs VIZIO SB36512-F6 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Yamaha YAS-209 was rated 6.6, while the VIZIO SB36512-F6 has a rating 7. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, input, microphone for the YAS-209 and power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up for the SB36512-F6.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that YAS-209 has 2.0 and SB36512-F6 has 5.1.2. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer can be connected to any of the units in this comparison. Rate 7 out of 10 received the Yamaha YAS-209 for audio features and specs, but the VIZIO SB36512-F6 received 8 out of 10.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Google Play Music service is only in the SB36512-F6. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Yamaha YAS-209 versus 1/0 HDMIs in the VIZIO SB36512-F6. As in the YAS-209, so in the SB36512-F6 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the YAS-209 at 7 out of 10, while the SB36512-F6 was rated 8/10. Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. The Yamaha YAS-209 equipped with a microphone. The VIZIO SB36512-F6 may become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the SB36512-F6. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The YAS-209 has a modern feature such as DTS Virtual:X. The same score of 5/10 was put to the soundbars for multichannel surround support.

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Common

Product

Yamaha YAS-209
VIZIO SB36512-F6

Model

YAS-209
SB36512-F6

Brand

Yamaha
VIZIO

Reviews

99
58

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, volume down, volume up, input, microphone
power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.0
5.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

100

Separate speaker (in package)

0
2

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

has not
Pandora, TIDAL, VIZIO SmartCast, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
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

0/0
1/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa

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

93 x 6.2 x 10.9/36.6 x 2.5 x 4.2
91.4 x 6.3 x 8.1/36 x 2.5 x 3.1

Weight, kg/pounds

2.7/6
2.5/5.6
Yamaha YAS-209
VIZIO SB36512-F6
Yamaha YAS-209
VIZIO SB36512-F6

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.6
  • 7
  • 6.6Yamaha YAS-209
  • 7VIZIO SB36512-F6

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