Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 vs VIZIO SB3621n-F8M

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Shockwafe Pro 7.1 vs SB3621n-F8M comparison chart

Overall
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
7.8
VIZIO SB3621n-F8M
4.6
4
4
Multichannel surround
10
4

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 vs VIZIO SB3621n-F8M review

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
vs
VIZIO SB3621n-F8M

Let's compare Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 and VIZIO SB3621n-F8M for an overview of all their audio functions. And according to the comparison results, we can see that Shockwafe Pro 7.1 is superior to SB3621n-F8M in quality and number of functions. According to the results of our comparison, Shockwafe Pro 7.1 received 7.8 points out of 10 possible, and SB3621n-F8M was rated 4.6 points.

Advantages Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 over VIZIO SB3621n-F8M

  • Comes with 2 separate speakers
  • Available the Amazon Music service
  • Stream music with Spotify
  • Supports object-oriented sound with Dolby Atmos technology
  • Surround sound with DTS:X support
  • Supports external media connection via USB
  • HDMI ARC supports

Advantages VIZIO SB3621n-F8M over Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1

  • App for remote control

Audio features

The Shockwafe Pro 7.1 is rated 8 of 10 against 6 for the SB3621n-F8M according to the audio features rating.

Shockwafe Pro 7.1
8
SB3621n-F8M
6

It worth understanding the difference between the two types of amplification: a passive soundbar does not have its own amplifier and receives amplification from the signal source, while an active soundbar has a built-in amplifier. The same active type of amplification is used in the Shockwafe Pro 7.1 and the SB3621n-F8M.

There are stereo soundbars and multichannel ones. It is with the help of multichannel devices that you can get volumetric sound. It is worth noting one of the main differences, the Shockwafe Pro 7.1 has 7.1.4 channels, while the SB3621n-F8M has 2.1 channels.

Shockwafe Pro 7.1 SB3621n-F8M
Built-in channels7.1.42.1
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W600 (overall)N/A
Separate speaker (in package)20
Separate speaker connectionswiredhas not

Subwoofers

Soundbars can have a built-in or external subwoofer. The first type is inseparable from the soundbar body, but for the second, you can choose a good location for deep bass. Both reviewed devices are equipped with an external subwoofer. Competitors support wireless connection to a separate external subwoofer.

Shockwafe Pro 7.1 SB3621n-F8M
Built-in subwoofer
Separate subwoofer (in package)
Separate subwoofer connectionswirelesswireless

Multichannel surround

Unlike stereo, when reproducing multichannel sound, each specific direction of sound corresponds to its dedicated channel with a separate independent loudspeaker, which creates a three-dimensional sound stage. The Shockwafe Pro 7.1 received rating 10 out of 10 for multichannel audio processing, but the SB3621n-F8M, in the same category, earned 4 out of 10 points.

Shockwafe Pro 7.1
10
SB3621n-F8M
4

The peculiarity of Dolby Atmos is that this format is object-oriented, that is, each object of the audio signal is sounded separately and linked to its spatial location. Dolby Atmos surround sound support is implemented only in Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1.

DTS:X is an algorithm for processing sound scenes by the processor, linking directly to objects, rather than channels, and calculating the optimal distribution of sound output in a room. The manufacturer has implemented DTS:X technology only in Shockwafe Pro 7.1.

Shockwafe Pro 7.1 SB3621n-F8M
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital, Dolby TruHDDolby Digital
DTS:X
DTS (other)DTS Digital Surround, DTS HDhas not

Streaming services

The possibility to listen online to millions of songs from one device has become a reality thanks to streaming services. For the ability to work with streaming services, the Shockwafe Pro 7.1 received 9 points, and the SB3621n-F8M - 4 on a 10-point scale.

Shockwafe Pro 7.1
9
SB3621n-F8M
4

None of the two models is not implemented AirPlay function. The popular Spotify service is available on the Shockwafe Pro 7.1.

Shockwafe Pro 7.1 SB3621n-F8M
Apple Music (AirPlay)
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesPandora, SoundCloudVIZIO SmartCast

Connectivity

The existence of a sufficient number of current connectors significantly expands the functionality of the device. For example, only through HDMI is it possible to implement the transfer of object-oriented formats, and the presence of a Bluetooth connection will allow remote control, etc. The devices received different ratings for connectivity: Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 was rated 8 out of 10, and VIZIO SB3621n-F8M was rated 4 out of 10.

Shockwafe Pro 7.1
8
SB3621n-F8M
4

The presence of Wi-Fi in the soundbar allows you to get rid of wires when connected to a sound source and get minimal audio latency when playing content from streaming services. Such connection as via Wi-Fi is not possible on any of the devices in comparison.

Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for speaker systems, which provides excellent quality and minimal audio latency. The availability of Bluetooth protocol, we can see in both models.

HDMI ARC is a very usefull technology that creates a two-way communication channel between a TV and another device. This is convenient since there is no need to use optical and other cables in the system. HDMI ARC is a feature unique to Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1.

Shockwafe Pro 7.1 SB3621n-F8M
WI-FI
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)00
NFC
HDMI input/output3/10/0
HDMI ARC
HDMI eARC
HDMI CEC
Optical digital input/output1/01/0
USB1 (USB 2.0)
Coaxial digital input/output1/01/0
Analog audio input/output (RCA)1/01/0
Headphone output00
Subwoofer output00

Features

Voice control is designed to make operating the device more convenient. This allows you to control basic soundbar functions from anywhere in the room.

Proprietary applications allow you to control your soundbars remotely. This is possible both via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The SB3621n-F8M has its own remote control application. None of these soundbars have a built-in microphone.

Some soundbars can be part of a multi-room system and it is an affordable solution for sounding the whole house. However, it is impossible to create a multiroom system based on each of these soundbars.

Shockwafe Pro 7.1 SB3621n-F8M
Voice control
App control
Microphone
Remote control
Multi-room

Dimensions

Shockwafe Pro 7.1 SB3621n-F8M
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in114.3 x 7.6 x 7.6/45.5 x 3 x 3.591.4 x 5.1 x 7.6/36 x 2.1 x 3.2
Weight, kg/pounds3.1/7.22.9/4.4
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