Vizio SB36512-F6 soundbar review

Quick verdictThe Vizio SB36512-F6 is a compact and competitively-priced soundbar system that delivers an impressively immersive Dolby Atmos experience. Everything you need for a genuine 5.1.2-channel setup is included in the box, with only an arcane display and a lack of DTS:X to disappoint.
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For

  • Genuinely immersive
  • Powerful subwoofer
  • Dolby Atmos support
  • Rear speakers included
  • Easy setup with everything in the box
  • Competitive price
Against

  • LED display very confusing
  • Rears speakers are wired
  • Limited HDMI connections
  • No DTS:X decoding

The Vizio SB36512-F6 is a seriously evaluated soundbar framework that conveys a certified Dolby Atmos experience on account of the consideration of upward-terminating drivers, a remote subwoofer and a couple of wired back speakers.

Everything this implies it doesn’t require to fall back on psychoacoustic fraud to inundate you in object-based sound, making it a potential one-stop home film arrangement. It’s reasonably evaluated, as well, however does it compromised to make all that conceivable?

Modern stylish

  • Soundbar: 914 x 64 x 81mm; 2.54kg
  • Subwoofer: 177 x 290 x 290mm
  • Satellites: 68 x 145 x 65mm

The Vizio SB36512-F6 keeps things basic with an unassuming and fairly square shaped structure. The soundbar itself is enveloped by dark texture, with dim metallic plates at either end. These are decorated with the Vizio logo and game tightens each corner, making a machined look. It’s ideal for 55-inch TVs and littler.

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Along the head of the soundbar are fundamental controls for power, information, Bluetooth and volume up/down. The soundbar’s presentation – for need of a superior word – comprises of a progression of shaded LEDs down the left-hand side. The manual gives itemized clarifications to all the various mixes, however good karma recalling any of them.

The included remote subwoofer holds a similar modern stylish, with dark fold over texture, dim metallic sides, and coordinating logos and screws. A similar look applies to the wired back speakers, which accompany shading coded 8m links. Both the soundbar and the satellites can be divider mounted, with Vizio including a format and sections for both.

Highlights

  • 5.1.2-channel sound
  • Dolby Atmos
  • Remote dynamic subwoofer
  • Wired uninvolved back speakers

The Vizio SB36512-F6’s primary component is its capacity to convey a truly vivid Dolby Atmos experience utilizing genuine speakers, as opposed to falling back on fake handling. To accomplish this it sports three forward-terminating drivers for the front left, right and focus, alongside two upward-terminating drivers that actually bob shouts out the roof, making the fantasy of speakers overhead.

The remote dynamic subwoofer utilizes a 6-inch forward-terminating driver to create low frequencies down to 40Hz. It doesn’t simply do all the bass truly difficult work, yet in addition gives enhancement to the wired back speakers, which are associated utilizing the gave links. Having satellite speakers at the rear of the room is significant, making an including encompass sound field.

The SB36512-F6 can interpret Dolby Atmos object-based sound, yet additionally handles less vivid organizations like Dolby Digital and DTS. Tragically it doesn’t uphold DTS:X, in spite of including adequate speakers to successfully convey this option to Atmos. Yet, actually it’s Atmos that rules object-based sound.

Vizio gives all that you have to rapidly and effectively arrangement your framework, including HDMI, optical advanced, and 3.5mm to sound system phono links. The wired back speakers probably won’t interest everybody since running links around the front room is rarely famous, yet on the in addition to side they won’t experience the ill effects of drop-outs, which at times occurs with remote encompasses.

Associations and controls

  • 1x HDMI input; HDMI-ARC yield
  • 1x optical advanced info; 1 x 3.5mm information; 1 x USB
  • Wi-Fi; Bluetooth
  • SmartCast Mobile application (iOS/Android)

The Vizio SB36512-F6 houses every one of its associations in breaks at the back of the soundbar. The HDMI associations uphold 4K/60p HDR (that is high powerful range – including the Dolby Vision design), and the HDMI-ARC yield permits you to send sound back from a viable TV (counting Dolby Atmos from worked in applications). At long last there’s USB (MP3 and WAV), alongside Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for remote streaming.

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The single HDMI input isn’t surprising at this value point, however restricts the quantity of lossless Dolby Atmos sources you can interface straightforwardly to the SB36512-F6. You can even now associate extra sources to your TV’s HDMI inputs and send the sound back to the soundbar through ARC; yet without help for eARC this sound won’t be lossless and you won’t get the full advantages of Atmos.

The soundbar accompanies a very much structured controller that incorporates a little LED screen at the top, permitting you to look through the settings in the menu framework. Anyway the best methodology is to utilize Vizio’s SmartCast Mobile App (iOS and Android), which not just disposes of any need to utilize the irritating presentation, yet in addition makes arrangement more instinctive gratitude to a plainly spread out interface.

Certifiable drenching

The Vizio SB36512-F6 may have a moderately restricted arrangement of highlights contrasted with the opposition – with no multi-room capacities or implicit shrewd aides – yet it conveys where it matters most. It’s additionally worth requiring some investment to set this framework up appropriately, on the grounds that you can really modify the channels autonomously. This is an especially helpful element that is regularly absent from more costly models.

The SB36512 is absolutely ready to create a front soundstage that feels a lot more extensive than its size would propose, and there’s some OK sound system imaging from the left and right speakers. The committed focus channel guarantees exchange stays clear and zeroed in on the screen; the backs give a lot of encompass movement behind you; and the subwoofer sets out a strong establishment of bass

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While it’s uplifting news that the Vizio is utilizing upward-terminating drivers to make the overhead impacts, their viability will generally rely upon your roof – the lower and more intelligent it is the better. Vizio suggests a level roof with a stature of somewhere in the range of 2.2 and 3.6m for the best overhead impacts. The compelling sweet spot is likewise generally little, so remember that.

Be that as it may, when you consolidate every one of these speakers the outcome is a really vivid sonic experience, especially with Dolby Atmos. The SB36512-F6 utilizes those back speakers that separate it from a significant part of the opposition, skilfully putting impacts in three-dimensional space, and making a half of the globe of sound that reaches out to the sides, behind or more you.

The guiding of sounds around the room is pleasingly exact, and the general introduction holds a reasonable apparent attachment that guarantees impacts sound equivalent to they move starting with one channel then onto the next. The subwoofer is likewise easily coordinated with the remainder of the soundstage, guaranteeing it conveys sway where required, without overwhelming the framework with bass.

This soundbar may battle in a bigger room however it’s ideal for the normal living space, with enough capacity to loan Godzilla: King of the Monsters appropriate scale. The sub gives the engaging behemoths a lot of heave, and blasts hit with a power that is seismic. Impacts move consistently from speaker to speaker, however regardless of how riotous the activity, discourse holds clearness.

The tallness stations help cause the different beasts in that film to appear to be bigger, while airplane apparently thunder above you in the fight arrangements. These impacts will in general be engaged at the front of the room on the grounds that there are no back tallness channels, yet by and large the SB36512-F6 conveys a true Atmos experience that is certain to satisfy anybody searching for all out encompass sound.

The front speakers guarantee this ‘bar sounds great with music also, delivering astounding sound system imaging that is joined with an itemized and clear generation. The sub includes an all around coordinated low-end kick to percussion, and there’s a demanding exactness to the area of individual instruments. The mid-run is uncongested, while the higher frequencies never solid sharp or stressed.

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There’s a decision of direct, film, music and night modes – which are all simple. There’s additionally a valuable volume leveler to alleviate uproarious advert breaks. The encompass mode up-blends non-vivid material, utilizing all the accessible channels to give customary soundtracks a more open and broad nearness that makes the hallucination of more prominent inundation.

Decision

Its looks may be a bit modern, however the Vizio conveys brilliant sound – bringing about a connecting with and engaging three-dimensional experience for your 55-inch or littler TV. So whether it’s a TV show, film or music, the outcomes make certain to please.

Notwithstanding, the absence of DTS:X is a disillusioning oversight, the wired back speakers may put some off, and the front LED show is baffling in the extraordinary to appreciate.

In general the Vizio SB36512-F6 is an astonishingly competent Dolby Atmos framework which figures out how to convey a truly vivid soundstage from a smaller and very much idea out bundle. It’s excellent incentive for cash as well.