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Vizio SB36512-F6 Review

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The Vizio SB36512-F6 soundbar offers impressive sound quality and Dolby Atmos support for an immersive experience. However, it lacks dialogue enhancement features. Overall, it’s a good buy for the price, considering the impressive sound quality.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Vizio SB36512-F6 is a mid-range 5.1.2 soundbar that made its debut back in 2018, promising Dolby Atmos support and an immersive soundstage for movie content. This system has a remarkably neutral sound profile out of the box, producing pleasant music and movie content. Although it comes with satellite surround speakers, the surround performance is a bit disappointing.

Check out our list of the best-rated speakers for more immersive speakers. This soundbar has a great selection of wired connectivity options that include Optical, shared HDMI ARC+Out, and the full HDMI in.

Other ports are 3.5 mm, USB, and Ethernet. Users can stream content via both Bluetooth and Chromecast too. With its dedicated wireless subwoofer, this soundbar produces deep bass that will bring movies and music to life. It has decent audio latency, so users won’t notice any discrepancy between the lips and audio and video during dialogue movie segments. +

It achieves a top output of 94.4 dB, getting loud enough to fill large rooms and small parties. Continue reading our Vizio SB36512-F6 review below and see how it compares with the top-rated soundbars on the market today.

Consensus

our Verdict

The Vizio SB36512-F6 soundbar is versatile, with average latency and various connectivity options, including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi playback. The Dolby Atmos support adds an immersive dimension to the sound, but these positive aspects are balanced by occasional sound interruptions or system shutdowns during use.

The sound quality is impressive, providing clear dialogue reproduction, deep thumpy bass, and a neutral sound profile. However, the initial setup can be challenging due to the SmartCast app’s limitations and connectivity issues.

Despite these technical frustrations, the Vizio SB36512-F6 offers a versatile sound solution. The wireless subwoofer and satellite speakers create a more encompassing audio experience. However, the lack of a dialogue enhancement feature and some remote control inconsistencies are notable drawbacks. The controls are easy to use but are very basic.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Great sound quality and great clear dialogue reproduction
  • Dolby Atmos support for immersive audio
  • Versatile connectivity options with wireless subwoofer
  • Good build quality with fabric finish
  • Quality stereo performance
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi playback options
  • Supports advanced sound formats over HDMI

Reason to Avoid

  • Challenging initial setup with the SmartCast app
  • Connectivity issues causing sound loss or shutdown
  • Inconsistent remote control functionality
  • Lack of dialogue and room correction enhancement features
  • App slow, buggy, and laden with ads
  • Limited wireless casting capability
  • Occasional shutdowns or loss of sound during use

Vizio SB36512-F6 Specs

Bluetooth EnabledBluetooth EnabledYes
DepthDepth3.2"
Dialogue Enhancement FeatureDialogue Enhancement Featurena
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedYes
HDMI ARCHDMI ARCYes
HeightHeight2.5"
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channels5.1.2
SubwooferSubwooferIncluded
Surround Sound SupportedSurround Sound SupportedDolby Atmos
Voice AssistantVoice Assistantna
Wall MountableWall MountableYes
WeightWeight5.6 lbs
WidthWidth36"
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth
Wireless Subwoofer ConnectivityWireless Subwoofer Connectivityna
Works WithWorks WithGoogle Assistant

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Test Results

Low End Roll Off (Hz)62.586
High End Roll Off (Hz)16,254.986
Max Volume Test (db)94.4
Latency (ms)56
THD @ 80dB0.49

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Market Context

The Vizio SB36512-F6 is a mid-range 5.1.2 soundbar that made its debut back in 2018, promising Dolby Atmos support and an immersive soundstage for movie…

The Vizio SB36512-F6 is a mid-range 5.1.2 soundbar that made its debut back in 2018, promising Dolby Atmos support and an immersive soundstage for movie content. This system has a remarkably neutral sound profile out of the box, producing pleasant music and movie content. Although it comes with satellite surround speakers, the surround performance is a bit disappointing.

Check out our list of the best-rated speakers for more immersive speakers. This soundbar has a great selection of wired connectivity options that include Optical, shared HDMI ARC+Out, and the full HDMI in.

Other ports are 3.5 mm, USB, and Ethernet. Users can stream content via both Bluetooth and Chromecast too. With its dedicated wireless subwoofer, this soundbar produces deep bass that will bring movies and music to life. It has decent audio latency, so users won’t notice any discrepancy between the lips and audio and video during dialogue movie segments. +

It achieves a top output of 94.4 dB, getting loud enough to fill large rooms and small parties. Continue reading our Vizio SB36512-F6 review below and see how it compares with the top-rated soundbars on the market today.

With two extra up-firing channels on the surround satellite speakers, the 46-inch Vizio SB46514-F6 is more immersive than the 36-inch Vizio SB36512-F6. It also provides…

With two extra up-firing channels on the surround satellite speakers, the 46-inch Vizio SB46514-F6 is more immersive than the 36-inch Vizio SB36512-F6. It also provides a better surround soundstage. That said, the Vizio SB36512-F6 is the cheaper option. However, If you prefer the 46-inch system, check out our Vizio SB46514-F6 review today.

The Vizio m512a-H6 offers a wider stereo soundstage and boasts a better surround performance than the Vizio SB36512-F6. It is also equipped with a dialogue…

The Vizio m512a-H6 offers a wider stereo soundstage and boasts a better surround performance than the Vizio SB36512-F6. It is also equipped with a dialogue enhancement feature, unlike the Vizio SB36512-F6. On the other hand, the Vizio SB36512-F6 boasts built-in Chromecast, unlike the Vizio m512a-H6. Check out our Vizio m512a-H6 review to learn more today.

Equipped with built-in Chromecast, the Vizio SB36512-F6 offers a wider range of wireless streaming options than the Sonos Arc, which doesn’t support Chromecast. It also…

Equipped with built-in Chromecast, the Vizio SB36512-F6 offers a wider range of wireless streaming options than the Sonos Arc, which doesn’t support Chromecast. It also produces deeper extended low bass and boasts equalizer presets, unlike the standalone Sonos Arc. That said, the Sonos Arc comes with a built-in voice assistant and has a room correction feature, unlike the Vizio SB36512-F6.

Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Depth

3.2"

2.53"

3.54"

4.56"

Dialogue Enhancement Feature

na

No

No

Yes

Energy Star Certified

Yes

Yes

No

No

HDMI ARC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Height

2.5"

3.33"

2.24"

3.43"

Number of Audio Channels

5.1.2

5.1.4

5.1.2

5.0.2

Subwoofer

Included

Included

Included

Optional (sold separately)

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Expert Score

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    103

    Category Trust Rating

    78
    Good for mixed usage. The overall performance of the Vizio SB36512-F6 is quite good and… Read More

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  • Tom’s Guide
    66.71

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    Get the Vizio SB36512-F6 if you want an affordable surround-sound system and you’re curious about… Read More

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  • CNET
    54.51

    Category Trust Rating

    83
    The excellent Vizio SB36512-F6 brings Dolby Atmos effects to a compact sound bar with rear… Read More

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  • Trusted Reviews
    60.27

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    VIZIO’s soundbar system puts in an absolutely thunderous performance, but the Atmos performance ought to… Read More

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  • Techradar
    46.31

    Category Trust Rating

    70
    Vizio’s 36-inch Dolby Atmos soundbar provides a ton of features for its lower-than-expected price tag,… Read More

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  • Home Theater HiFi
    44.94

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
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