Samsung HW-Q80R vs VIZIO SB3821-C6 review

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Rating 5 5
Samsung HW-Q80R
vs
VIZIO SB3821-C6

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Samsung HW-Q80R vs VIZIO SB3821-C6. The Samsung HW-Q80R was rated 6.8, while the VIZIO SB3821-C6 has a rating 4.5. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, source for the HW-Q80R and power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up for the SB3821-C6.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that HW-Q80R has 5.1.2 and SB3821-C6 has 2.1. 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 8 out of 10 received the Samsung HW-Q80R for audio features and specs, but the VIZIO SB3821-C6 received 5 out of 10.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. The HW-Q80R can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the HW-Q80R. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the HW-Q80R. Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the HW-Q80R at 7 out of 10, while the SB3821-C6 was rated 6/10. The manufacturer of the HW-Q80R provides a device control application. The Samsung HW-Q80R equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the HW-Q80R. The HW-Q80R can work with surround sound due to DTS:X support. DTS Virtual:X technology not supported by any of the soundbars in this review. The HW-Q80R was rated 7/10, while the SB3821-C6 received a mark of 2/10 for multichannel surround.

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Product

Samsung HW-Q80R
VIZIO SB3821-C6

Model

HW-Q80R
SB3821-C6

Brand

Samsung
VIZIO

Reviews

436
4009

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, source
power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1.2
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

372 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

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
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/1
0/0

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

122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3
96.5 x 7.6 x 7.6/38 x 3 x 3

Weight, kg/pounds

8.7/19.4
2.6/5.8
Samsung HW-Q80R
VIZIO SB3821-C6
Samsung HW-Q80R
VIZIO SB3821-C6

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 4.5
  • 6.8Samsung HW-Q80R
  • 4.5VIZIO SB3821-C6

The Samsung HW-Q80R is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-Q80R price