l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Bose Solo 5 vs Vizio M21d-H8. The Bose Solo 5 was rated 4, while the Vizio M21d-H8 has a rating 5.
Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that Solo 5 has 2.0 and M21d-H8 has 2.1. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the Vizio M21d-H8. Audio features and specs of considered models we rated 5 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. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the M21d-H8. We rated the connectivity of the Solo 5 at 3 out of 10, while the M21d-H8 was rated 6/10. The manufacturer of the Solo 5 provides a device control application. The Vizio M21d-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 Solo 5 or M21d-H8. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The Solo 5 was rated 4/10, while the M21d-H8 received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.