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Vizio SB36312-G6 Review

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Despite great latency, surround sound and Atmos support, and frequency adjustment, the Vizio SB36312-G6’s mid-range price doesn’t justify the imbalanced sound profile and subpar surround sound and Atmos. The soundbar is middling for movies, but if you have the patience, some frequency tweaking improves it.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

Vizio SB36312-G6 is a mid-range 3.1.2 soundbar that was released in 2019, promising Dolby Atmos for TVs. The sound system has a bass-heavy sound profile and a dedicated subwoofer that is great for EDM music and movies.

Out of the box, this sound profile might not be the best for all music genres, but there are three equalizer presets for tweaking settings.

Although it supports Dolby Atmos and DTS content, this system has a middling surround performance, downmixing surround to stereo, so it’s not the best choice for movies. Check out the top speakers to explore more options.

It has low audio latency, so the audio and video feed sync flawlessly, and users will be pleased with its suite of wireless streaming tech, which includes Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and the built-in Chromecast.

It also has a decent number of wired connectivity options, including optical, HDMI ARC+Out, full HDMI in, USB, and Ethernet. This system has a top SPL of 88.1 dB, so it doesn’t get very loud.

It has a mobile app for controlling settings. Explore below to learn more about the Vizio SB36312-G6, and check out our best-rated soundbars today.

Consensus

our Verdict

The Vizio SB36312-G6 connects smoothly and with zero popping or crackling sounds from the speakers. Its tested latency is low using wired connections (52ms through ARC and 62ms through Optical).

The soundstage has average width, and the sound profile is very bass-heavy, reducing dialogue and music clarity and the surround sound preciseness.

Atmos performance is poor because it’s downmixed to stereo, thereby lacking accuracy. The remote has complete control over the system, but despite having a display, there’s poor visibility.

Build quality feels durable, but the fabric wrappings on the soundbar and subwoofer feel fragile. Although you can adjust the bass and treble, there are only three EQ presets. There is a smartphone app to control the system that’s easier to use than the remote, but it’s not the smoothest.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Smooth connection
  • No crackling or popping sounds from the speakers
  • Low wired latency
  • Durable build
  • Bass and treble adjustment
  • Smartphone app

Reason to Avoid

  • Bass-heavy sound
  • Moderate width soundstage
  • Surround sound lacks precision
  • Mediocre Dolby Atmos
  • Poor display on remote
  • Only three EQ presets
  • Occasionally laggy smartphone app

Vizio SB36312-G6 Specs

Bluetooth EnabledBluetooth EnabledYes
DepthDepth3.2"
Dialogue Enhancement FeatureDialogue Enhancement FeatureNo
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedYes
HDMI ARCHDMI ARCYes
HeightHeight2.5"
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channels3.1.2
SubwooferSubwooferIncluded
Surround Sound SupportedSurround Sound SupportedDolby Atmos
Voice AssistantVoice AssistantGoogle Assistant
Wall MountableWall MountableYes
WeightWeight5.2 lbs
WidthWidth36"
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth
Wireless Subwoofer ConnectivityWireless Subwoofer ConnectivityYes
Works WithWorks WithBluetooth, Google Assistant

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Market Context

Vizio SB36312-G6 is a mid-range 3.1.2 soundbar that was released in 2019, promising Dolby Atmos for TVs. The sound system has a bass-heavy sound profile…

Vizio SB36312-G6 is a mid-range 3.1.2 soundbar that was released in 2019, promising Dolby Atmos for TVs. The sound system has a bass-heavy sound profile and a dedicated subwoofer that is great for EDM music and movies.

Out of the box, this sound profile might not be the best for all music genres, but there are three equalizer presets for tweaking settings.

Although it supports Dolby Atmos and DTS content, this system has a middling surround performance, downmixing surround to stereo, so it’s not the best choice for movies. Check out the top speakers to explore more options.

It has low audio latency, so the audio and video feed sync flawlessly, and users will be pleased with its suite of wireless streaming tech, which includes Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and the built-in Chromecast.

It also has a decent number of wired connectivity options, including optical, HDMI ARC+Out, full HDMI in, USB, and Ethernet. This system has a top SPL of 88.1 dB, so it doesn’t get very loud.

It has a mobile app for controlling settings. Explore below to learn more about the Vizio SB36312-G6, and check out our best-rated soundbars today.

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Featuring a dedicated center channel, the Vizio SB36312-G6 produces clearer human voices than the 2.1-channel Vizio m215a-J6. However, both sound systems support Dolby Atmos and have a poor surround soundstage. Check out our Vizio m215a-J6 review to learn more about the 3.2.1-channel sound.

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Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Yes

Yes

Depth

3.2"

3.54"

4.5"

Dialogue Enhancement Feature

No

No

Energy Star Certified

Yes

No

Yes

HDMI ARC

Yes

Yes

Height

2.5"

2.24"

2.4"

Number of Audio Channels

3.1.2

3.1.2

Subwoofer

Included

Included

Yes

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