Sound Bar Review: Vizio SB362An-F6 vs SB3621n-E8 | An Audiophile’s Perspective

Sound bars are ok if you’re looking for a simple and cheap way to improve your TV sound. If you want something better, let me know what your setup is in the comments below and I will be glad to make a recommendation.

Sound Bars in this Review

VIZIO 36″ 2.1 Channel Sound Bar System (SB362An-F6) (2018 Model) Built-in “Subwoofers”

As of 3/25/18 this is $98 at Walmart:
(Save more by using Ebates Chrome Extension:

Vizio SB3621n-E8 36″ 2.1 Channel Soundbar System with “Wireless” Subwoofer

Currently $129 at Costco:
Currently $148 on Amazon:

Speakers to look out for instead of using a sound bar:
Fluance Ai40 Powered Bookshelf Speakers with Remote: (Review coming soon!)

My Home Theater Setup
ELAC UB5 Bookshelf Speakers:
ELAC UC5 Center Channel:
Pioneer SP BS22-LR Rear Speakers:
Micca Covo-S Dolby Atmos Ceiling Speakers:
Denon X4400H (Newer Version of X4100W) AVR Receiver:
BenQ HT-2050 Projector:
109″ Silver Ticket Projector Screen:

Gear I used for this video:
Tascam Audio Recorder:
Panasonic GH4:
Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 for Nikon F-Mount:
Metabones Speedbooster for Micro-Four-Thirds:
Sennheiser MKH 416 Shotgun Mic:


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Mike Cashman says:

Great video, I was also impressed with the Vizio 3621 the bass and clarity blew me away. My this is that I can’t decide if I like the Bose Sound touch 300 or the Yamaha YAS 706 r YSP 5600 , or the Vizio, I’m willing to spend up to 2000. Dollars.. Thanks for the video..

dkmon187 says:

Thanks for the video. Am looking into the Vizio bar with the integrated subwoofer to complement a 55″ bedroom TV. Does $100 at Walmart for that seem cheap to you considering they are MSRP at $140? Considering swooping one up. Would you recommend? You seem to be one of the first people to get their hands on it and do a review, so props on being timely. Subscribed! 🙂

John Harvey says:

Great video! Love the BMW poster in the back

quietguy1948 sanfrd says:

One suggestion – a demo of each.


Great vid. I think one thing you didn’t mention is that sound bars are perfect for people in apartments. I live in Chicago and would love a full surround setup, but I’m not going to put my neighbors thru that. Subwoofers are extremely annoying in apartment buildings. Having “some” bass from the SB362An-F6 is just enough for watching TV. And then I have my Sennheiser RS185 wireless headphone setup when I want to watch movies.

terry kemp says:

Great video Joe. I consider myself an audiophile, as I love the sound of good quality audio. However, I had a traditional 5.1 surround sound set up with the trailing wires and a big av amp. At the time they were great but they were a pain to configure and they took up too much space. Now, I use a Dolby Atmos sound bar, with a subwoofer. The sound is much better than the surround sound system. I believe in moving with the times when it comes to audio, as long as the audio is good. I’m 59 and I even use a sony soundbar connected to my computer via Bluetooth. The sound is amazing. I feel that the dyed in the wool audiophiles are really missing out by hanging on to the past.

Nicholas Williams says:

Good stuff sir congrats on the second member to the family.


I am waiting for shenhizer ambeo sound bar

Ryan Hietpas says:

I was about to ask how much bass control they give you….that’s…unimpressive.

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