Vizio SB36512-F6 review: this is the Dolby Atmos soundbar you should buy – CNET

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The Dolby Atmos The surround format offers excellent immersion in a home theater environment, but so far sound bars with Atmos have not been particularly good values. For example the $ 800 LG SK10Y was the cheapest bar last year, but it was only a mediocre achievement. However, the Vizio is SB36512-F6 (

$ 298 at Walmart

) changes everything.

If you wanted the sweet, object-based surround effects from Atmos, but are not interested in one, click here AV Receiver and a room full of speakers, the Vizio SB36512-F6 (

$ 298 at Walmart

) there will be music in your ears. The SB36512 is not only the first Atmos soundbar to hit the $ 500 mark, but also a good one. Really, really, really good.

In 2019, more Atmos sound bars may be offered at this price, but almost none contain the actual rear speakers. The Vizio does it and they make the difference for immersive surround sound. The SB36512-F6 not only offers excellent sound for little money, but also has all the necessary connection options. Just its lack of DTS: X Decoding and a less successful performance with music could give the enthusiast a break.

The Vizio SB36512-F6 (

$ 298 at Walmart

) offers excellent value for money and one of the best home theater performances you can find under a grand. We enthusiastically award him the CNET Editors & # 39; Choice Award.

The look, the equipment

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Vizio has not changed the look of its soundbars in recent years one of the company's $ 130 models It looks something like that for $ 500. The SB36512-F6 is rather reserved with its black fabric cover and silver-colored ends.

At the top of the bar there are two loudspeakers with increasing volume, with which you can direct atmospheric effects from your ceiling into the room. There is a limited number of controls at the top, and the 36-inch wide bar can be mounted on the back of the wall.

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The main weakness of the design of the SB36512 is the same as any other Vizio in recent years. the super basic "display" on the device. It is just a stack of LED dots that may be a useful indicator of the volume level, but will fail to show which input is currently active.

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The wireless subwoofer is a black and silver shoe box with a 6-inch woofer. This device helps the entire system to shut down to 40 Hz.

The Vizio has five different types of physical connections: HDMI input / output (with ARC), coaxial, optical, USB (for .WAV playback, strangely) and a 3.5 mm analog input socket. WLAN connections belong with Chromecast built in and bluetooth.

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The remote control is not a plastic credit card, but a suitable pen. In addition, the remote control has a one-line LCD display with which you can make advanced settings or set up the sound bar.