I had a chance to test and compare two models: ZVOX SB380 vs Vizio V21-H8 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The ZVOX SB380 was rated 4, while the Vizio V21-H8 has a rating 5.5. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, input for the SB380 and power, volume down, volume up, source, Bluetooth for the V21-H8.
Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that SB380 has 3.1 and V21-H8 has 2.1. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the ZVOX SB380. Audio features and specs of considered models we rated 6 out of 10 in our ranking.
Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. The units in this comparison do not support Spotify.
Both models do not have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Bluetooth support integrated in the V21-H8. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the V21-H8. We rated the connectivity of the SB380 at 4 out of 10, while the V21-H8 was rated 6/10. The manufacturer of the V21-H8 provides a device control application. The Vizio V21-H8 equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.
Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the SB380 or V21-H8. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The SB380 was rated 4/10, while the V21-H8 received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.