VIZIO SB3651-F6 vs Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1

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SB3651-F6 vs Shockwafe Pro 7.1 comparison chart

Overall
VIZIO SB3651-F6
6.8
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
7.8
4
4
Multichannel surround
6
10

VIZIO SB3651-F6 vs Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 review

VIZIO SB3651-F6
vs
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1

Comparison of VIZIO SB3651-F6 and Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 will allow us to get comprehensive information about the features of these two devices. And as a result of the comparison, it becomes clear that SB3651-F6 is inferior in all characteristics to Shockwafe Pro 7.1. According to the results of our comparison, SB3651-F6 received 6.8 points out of 10 possible, and Shockwafe Pro 7.1 was rated 7.8 points.

Advantages VIZIO SB3651-F6 over Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1

  • Wireless connection via Wi-Fi
  • App for remote control

Advantages Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 over VIZIO SB3651-F6

  • Available the Amazon Music service
  • Supports object-oriented sound with Dolby Atmos technology
  • Surround sound with DTS:X support

Audio features

Each of the compared models received 8 points for the audio features.

SB3651-F6
8
Shockwafe Pro 7.1
8

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 SB3651-F6 and the Shockwafe Pro 7.1.

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 SB3651-F6 has 5.1 channels, while the Shockwafe Pro 7.1 has 7.1.4 channels.

SB3651-F6 Shockwafe Pro 7.1
Built-in channels5.17.1.4
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, WN/A600 (overall)
Separate speaker (in package)22
Separate speaker connectionswirelesswired

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. VIZIO SB3651-F6 has the ability to handle wired and wireless connections from an external subwoofer, while Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 only has wireless connections.

SB3651-F6 Shockwafe Pro 7.1
Built-in subwoofer
Separate subwoofer (in package)
Separate subwoofer connectionswired, wirelesswireless

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 SB3651-F6 received rating 6 out of 10 for multichannel audio processing, but the Shockwafe Pro 7.1, in the same category, earned 10 out of 10 points.

SB3651-F6
6
Shockwafe Pro 7.1
10

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.

SB3651-F6 Shockwafe Pro 7.1
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby DigitalDolby Digital, Dolby Digital, Dolby TruHD
DTS:X
DTS (other)DTS Virtual:XDTS Digital Surround, DTS HD

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 SB3651-F6 received 7 points, and the Shockwafe Pro 7.1 - 9 on a 10-point scale.

SB3651-F6
7
Shockwafe Pro 7.1
9

None of the two models is not implemented AirPlay function. The popular Spotify service is available on both soundbars.

SB3651-F6 Shockwafe Pro 7.1
Apple Music (AirPlay)
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesPandora, Chromecast, iHeartPandora, SoundCloud

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. Connectivity of competitors was rated 8 out of 10.

SB3651-F6
8
Shockwafe Pro 7.1
8

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. Wireless connection via Wi-Fi is possible on the SB3651-F6.

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. The SB3651-F6 has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs, but the Shockwafe Pro 7.1 got 3/1 HDMI inputs/outputs from the manufacturer.

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 basic for both soundbars. Connecting external devices via USB can be done on both models.

SB3651-F6 Shockwafe Pro 7.1
WI-FI
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)10
NFC
HDMI input/output1/03/1
HDMI ARC
HDMI eARC
HDMI CEC
Optical digital input/output1/01/0
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (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 SB3651-F6 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.

SB3651-F6 Shockwafe Pro 7.1
Voice control
App control
Microphone
Remote control
Multi-room

Dimensions

SB3651-F6 Shockwafe Pro 7.1
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in91.4 x 5.3 x 8.1/36 x 2.1 x 3.2114.3 x 7.6 x 7.6/45.5 x 3 x 3.5
Weight, kg/pounds2.1/4.63.1/7.2
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