Sonos Beam vs VIZIO SB36512-F6

VIZIO SB36512-F6 vs Sonos Beam: choose & compare

Sonos Beam vs VIZIO SB36512-F6

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Features

The Sonos Beam vs VIZIO SB36512-F6 channel comparison shows that the VIZIO solution would be better with its 5.1.2 channels, while the Sonos Beam has 3.0 built-in channels. Moreover, the VIZIO is provided with 2 separate speakers which are connected using a cable. The Sonos Beam supports wireless connection.

These models don’t have built-in subwoofers, but the VIZIO comes with a separate subwoofer. Both models support the wireless subwoofer connection protocol.

The VIZIO supports such audio streaming services as Google Play Music, Spotify, VIZIO SmartCast. Both models support Chromecast technology and Pandora streaming.

The VIZIO SB36512-F6 vs Sonos Beam voice control features shows that Sonos supports the Alexa voice control technology. If we compare additional features, we will see that the VIZIO supports the multi-room feature. These solutions support Wi-Fi and Bluetooth interfaces.

The VIZIO SB36512-F6 supports Dolby Atmos, but none of these models supports DTS:X.

Design

Both models look modern and minimalistic. Sonos has a nice upper panel with buttons, while the VIZIO has light grey panels on both sides and the buttons on the upper panel. The Sonos has such buttons as play/pause, volume up/down, microphone. The VIZIO features such buttons as power on/off, volume up/down, input and Bluetooth. Both solutions have special panels where all the ports are located. These models can be placed on a table or wall-mounted – no matter how you install them, you will always access the necessary ports and buttons. The dimensions are 2.7x25.6x3.9 in for the Sonos Beam versus 2.5x36x3.1 in for the VIZIO SB36512-F6. They are built well – the ports assure a perfect connection for a stable signal. These models are quite light, so you can easily place them wherever you want.

Sonos Beam

Pros:

  • The output sound is clear and natural, plus it can be enhanced using various technologies, like voice boost and loud noise lowering.
  • It is quite powerful to fill a mid-sized room.

Cons:

  • It doesn’t support many codecs and you may have issues with decoding.
  • You may experience the ARC lag if you use it with the LG OLED.

VIZIO SB36512-F6

Pros:

  • It has many ports of different types, so it is versatile in terms of connections.
  • Separate speakers and subwoofers allow you adjusting the surround sound.
  • It pairs up quickly with various TV models.

Cons:

  • Issues with the HDR color processing if you use it with the Apple TV 4K.
  • The AV delay, caused by the HDR/Dolby vision content processing, is combined with the early sound output. It can be slightly compensated with the delay compensation.

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VIZIO SB36512-F6 review

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Common

Product

Sonos Beam
VIZIO SB36512-F6

Model

Beam
SB36512-F6

Brand

Sonos
VIZIO

Rating

4.2 of 5
3.6 of 5

Reviews

484
33

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

volume down, volume up, microphone button, play/pause
power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Amplification type

active
active

Built-in channels

3.0
5.1.2

Supported channel quantity

5.1
5.1.2

Separate speaker (in package)

2

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wired

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Chromecast, Pandora, Tuneln
VIZIO SmartCast, Chromecast, Pandora

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

HDMI input/output

1/0
1/0

HDMI ARC

1

Optical digital input/output

1
1

USB

1

Coaxial digital input/output

1/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0

Headphone output

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Alexa

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

DTS:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (H x W x D), cm/in

6.8 x 65 x 10/2.7 x 25.6 x 3.9
6.3 x 91.4 x 8.1/2.5 x 36 x 3.1

Weight, kg/pounds

2.8/6.2
2.5/5.6

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  • 10.9Sonos Beam
  • 9.8VIZIO SB36512-F6

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