Samsung HW-Q90R vs VIZIO SB3821-C6 review

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Rating 5 5
Samsung HW-Q90R
vs
VIZIO SB3821-C6

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Samsung HW-Q90R vs VIZIO SB3821-C6. The Samsung HW-Q90R was rated 7.2, 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-Q90R 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-Q90R has 7.1.4 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 10 out of 10 received the Samsung HW-Q90R 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-Q90R can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the HW-Q90R. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the HW-Q90R. Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the HW-Q90R at 7 out of 10, while the SB3821-C6 was rated 6/10. The manufacturer of the HW-Q90R provides a device control application. The Samsung HW-Q90R 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-Q90R. The HW-Q90R 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-Q90R was rated 7/10, while the SB3821-C6 received a mark of 2/10 for multichannel surround.

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Product

Samsung HW-Q90R
VIZIO SB3821-C6

Model

HW-Q90R
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

7.1.4
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

512 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

2
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-Q90R
VIZIO SB3821-C6
Samsung HW-Q90R
VIZIO SB3821-C6

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.2
  • 4.5
  • 7.2Samsung HW-Q90R
  • 4.5VIZIO SB3821-C6

The Samsung HW-Q90R is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-Q90R price