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Vizio SB3220n-F6 Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Mar 24, 2020 at 10:05 am
Vizio SB3220n-F6 Picture
6.9
Mixed Usage
8.0
Dialogue/TV Shows
6.9
Music
6.1
Movies
Channels
2.0

The Vizio SB3220n-F6 32" 2.0 Channel Sound Bar is a simple 2.0 soundbar that performs fairly well with stereo content. Since it lacks a subwoofer, it doesn't produce any thump or rumble, which can be a bit boring during an action film, but its sound profile is otherwise well-balanced and neutral, making it great for movies with lots of dialogue or TV shows. The bar can get pretty loud, but pushing it to max volume can cause some noticeable compression and distortion artifacts. It also doesn't shave very many input options, like HDMI, and only supports Dolby Digital surround content. That said, it's still a great option if you mostly just watch shows on Netflix but still want something that'll be a likely upgrade over your TV's integrated speakers.

Our Verdict

6.9 Mixed Usage

The Vizio SB3220n-F6 32" 2.0 Channel Sound Bar is decent for mixed usage. It has a pretty neutral, accurate sound profile but lacks low-bass since it doesn't have a subwoofer. This makes it less ideal for watching movies and listening to bass-heavy music, but if you mostly just watch TV, listen to podcasts, or enjoy less bass-heavy music, then it's a solid choice.

Pros
  • Compact design.
  • Good stereo soundstage.
  • Balanced sound profile.
Cons
  • No HDMI inputs.
  • Lacks sub-bass.
  • Distorts and compresses at higher volumes.
8.0 Dialogue/TV Shows

The Vizio SB3220n-F6 32" 2.0 Channel Sound Bar is great for dialogue and TV shows. While it doesn't have a dedicated dialogue enhancement feature, its neutral sound profile accurately reproduces voices, so your favorite sitcoms should still be easy to understand. You can also cast your favorite podcasts and audiobooks to this bar from your phone with ease via Bluetooth.

6.9 Music

The Vizio SB3220n-F6 32" 2.0 Channel Sound Bar is alright for music. While it lacks the deep thump and rumble you'll find in bass-heavy music like dubstep or hip-hop, it should still sound alright. It'll be better-suited for pop or rock music though since it reproduces vocals and instruments well. However, it does tend to compress and distort at higher volumes, so you might notice this at a party.

6.1 Movies

The Vizio SB3220n-F6 32" 2.0 Channel Sound Bar is mediocre for movies. While it has a well-balanced frequency response overall, it lacks the thump and rumble key to a good action movie. It also struggles with compresses and distorts noticeably at max volume, which can be an issue if you like to crank it up a bit. Its surround sound performance is also poor - it's limited to Dolby Digital files and, even then, downmixes to stereo anyways. On the upside, its stereo soundstage is good.

  • 6.9 Mixed Usage
  • 8.0 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 6.9 Music
  • 6.1 Movies

Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Vizio SB3220n-F6 is a 2018 Amazon Exclusive release. It's one of Vizio's simpler soundbars, with only 2.0 channels. It's possible to plug in a subwoofer, but Vizio doesn't sell any separately. This bar competes with other 2.0 soundbars in the budget range, like the Sony HT-S100F or the JBL Link Bar.

Design
Design
Style - Bar

The Vizio SB3220n-F6 shares an almost identical look to the Vizio SB3820-C6 38". The bar is very simple-looking and mostly black, with silver caps on each end. The front and top parts of the bar have a fabric cover which gives it a matte finish. The fabric tends to collect lint and dust, though, which can make this soundbar look a bit dirty over time, especially if it's placed in a busy room.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

This soundbar doesn't come with a subwoofer.

Design
Style - Satellites

This soundbar doesn't come with satellite speakers.

Design
Dimensions - Bar
Bar Width 31.7" (80.5 cm)
Bar Height 3.0" (7.7 cm)
Bar Depth 3.0" (7.7 cm)

The Vizio SB3220n-F6 is a compact soundbar. It should fit between the legs of many 55" TVs, though it might be a bit too tall to fit under your TV, unlike the TaoTronics TT-SK023 or the Insignia NS-HSB318 2.0, which are less tall. That said, it shouldn't block the bottom of the screen unless your TV screen sits directly on the table.

Design
Dimensions - Subwoofer
Sub Width N/A
Sub Height N/A
Sub Depth N/A

This soundbar doesn't come with a subwoofer.

Design
Dimensions - Satellites
Sat Width N/A
Sat Height N/A
Sat Depth N/A

This soundbar doesn't come with satellite speakers.

Design
Back - Bar
Bar Mounting Type
Universal (holes on back)

The back of this soundbar is plastic and has two openings - one for the connectivity inputs, and one for the power cable, which is detachable. Unlike the Vizio SB2020n-G6 that's meant to sit on a table, the Vizio SB-3220n-F6 can be wall-mounted. However, it won't lay flush against the wall.

Design
Back - Subwoofer
Enclosure
N/A

This soundbar doesn't come with a subwoofer.

Design
Back - Satellites
Sat Mounting Type
N/A

This soundbar doesn't come with satellite speakers.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Vizio SB3220n-F6's build quality is decent. The front and top parts of the bar are covered in fabric, while the rear and underside are in plastic. The plastic feels fairly high-quality, but the fabric tends to get pretty dirty and can be ripped.

Design
In The Box
HDMI Cable Length
N/A
Digital Optical Cable Length
3.9 ft (1.2 m)

  • Manual
  • Wall-mount template
  • 2x Wall-mount screws
  • 2x Wall-mount brackets
  • Remote
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • 11-ft power cable
  • Coaxial audio cable
  • Stereo RCA to 3.5mm audio cable
  • Optical cable

Sound
6.9
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
ST Slope
0.16
ST Std. Err.
2.33 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
70.2 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
17.5 kHz

Vizio SB3220n-F6 has a decent stereo frequency response. Since it doesn't come with a subwoofer, it lacks thump and rumble. That said, it still packs a pretty decent punch without sounding too boomy. The rest of the response is very well-balanced, so this soundbar has a pretty neutral sound profile overall.

Sound
Stereo Raw Frequency Response
7.5
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
2.53 dB

The Vizio SB3220n-F6 32" has a good stereo soundstage. Music and movie soundtracks sound quite a bit wider than the bar, which is quite nice compared to other soundbars with a compact design like the AmazonBasics 2.1 Channel Bluetooth which don't sound nearly as wide. The soundstage has good focus overall, but some songs sound a bit more diffused and lack separation.

6.5
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
ST SPL @ Max Volume
92.9 dB SPL
ST DRC @ Max Volume
4.12 dB

The Vizio SB3220n-F6 has mediocre stereo dynamics. While it can get pretty loud, it tends to compress significantly in the bass range at higher volumes. This shouldn't be too much of an issue during everyday listening, but if you're watching an action movie at max volume, or hosting a party with loud music, you might find it noticeable. Note, however, that our unit would shake significantly during our tests, so this could also be a problem at louder volumes.

6.7
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
ST Weighted THD @ 80
0.97
ST Weighted THD @ Max Volume
2.48

The Vizio SB3220n-F6's total harmonic distortion performance is okay. The overall amount of distortion is a bit high, even at normal listening volumes. This won't be noticeable to everyone, though, and the difference at max volume isn't very big.

6.9
Sound
Center
C Localization
Phantom
C Slope
-0.62
C Std. Err.
3.17 dB
C SPL @ Max Volume
91.2 dB SPL
C Weighted THD @ 80
1.06
C Weighted THD @ Max Volume
2.35

The Vizio SB3220n-F6 32" has decent center performance. Since this soundbar doesn't have a dedicated center channel, it won't sound quite as clear as something with 3.0 channels, like the Sonos Beam. That said, the frequency response is still well-balanced, resulting in accurate audio and dialogue reproduction. You might notice a bit of distortion at higher volumes, but it shouldn't be an issue if you're just watching TV.

4.7
Sound
Surrounds
Sr Localization
Stereo (Downmix)
Rears
N/A
Sr Slope
-0.61
Sr Std. Err.
3.15 dB
Sr SPL @ Max Volume
89.2 dB SPL
Sr Weighted THD @ 80
0.68
Sr Weighted THD @ Max Volume
2.03

Like most 2.0 soundbars, the Vizio SB3220n-F6's surround performance is bad. It downmixes surround content to stereo, so it isn't able to reproduce objects in the surround image very clearly. You get the same immersive experience that you would with a multi-channel setup, so surround sound content will feel like it's coming from directly in front of you instead of from all around you.

0
Sound
Height (Atmos)
H Localization
N/A
H Slope
N/A
H Std. Err.
N/A
H SPL @ Max Volume
N/A
H Weighted THD @ 80
N/A
H Weighted THD @ Max Volume
N/A

This soundbar doesn't support Atmos.

3.5
Sound
Sound Enhancement Features
Room Correction
No
Dialogue Enhancement
No
Auto-Volume/Night Mode
Yes
Subwoofer Level Adjustment
No
Bass Adjustment
Yes
Treble Adjustment
Yes
EQ
Presets
Surround Level Adjustment
N/A
Rear Level Adjustment
N/A
Height Level Adjustment
N/A
Virtual Surround
Yes

This soundbar has poor sound enhancement features. While you can adjust the bass and treble, there are only two EQ presets. The auto-volume mode can be helpful if you're watching TV at night, but there's no dialogue enhancement feature. On the upside, there's a DTS virtual X surround sound feature, which could help playback sound more immersive, although we don't test this.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Physical Inputs - Bar
Optical Audio In
1
HDMI ARC
No
HDMI Out
No
Full HDMI In
No
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux)
1
USB for Files
1
Ethernet
No

This soundbar has a limited number of inputs. There are a couple of analog connections, including a standard audio jack as well as an RCA input, so you can connect an older MP3 player or a turntable. There's also optical-in for Dolby Digital support, and a USB input so you can play files off a flash drive. There are no HDMI ports, however, so you won't be able to use this bar as a hub between your different home media devices.

N/A
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - ARC
eARC
N/A
Dolby Atmos
N/A
Dolby Digital
N/A
Dolby Digital Plus
N/A
DTS
N/A
DTS:X (eARC only)
N/A
Dolby TrueHD (eARC only)
N/A
DTS-HD MA (eARC only)
N/A
5.1 PCM (eARC only)
N/A

This soundbar doesn't have an HDMI ARC port.

N/A
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Full HDMI In
Dolby Atmos
N/A
DTS:X
N/A
Dolby Digital
N/A
Dolby Digital Plus
N/A
DTS
N/A
Dolby TrueHD
N/A
DTS-HD MA
N/A
5.1 PCM
N/A

This soundbar doesn't have any HDMI ports.

6.0
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Optical
Dolby Digital
Yes
DTS
No

While this soundbar has an optical connection, it can only play Dolby Digital files. This shouldn't be an issue for most since lots of content is available in Dolby Digital; however, some Blu-rays are DTS only, so they won't play on this soundbar.

6.0
Connectivity
Wireless Playback
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi
No
Chromecast built-in
No
Apple AirPlay
No

The Vizio SB3220n-F6 32" has passable wireless playback options. It supports Bluetooth, so you can connect your smartphone or tablet and stream music wirelessly, but that's it.

Connectivity
Other Input Specifications
4k @ 60 Hz Passthrough
N/A
4k @ 60 Hz @ 10 bit Passthrough
N/A
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 Passthrough
N/A
HDR10 Passthrough
N/A

Since this soundbar doesn't support HDMI, there's no video passthrough.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
N/A

This soundbar doesn't come with a subwoofer.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Satellites
Sat Wireless
N/A

This soundbar doesn't come with satellites.

Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
No

The Vizio SB3220n-F6 32" has a set of lights in the front of the soundbar that flash in different ways depending on your settings. Unfortunately, the patterns are rather tricky to see properly, and it's hard to remember what they stand for, too.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

This soundbar has physical buttons on the top for basic operation. You can turn it on/off, change inputs, pair a Bluetooth device, and control the volume.

Additional Features
Remote
Universal Remote
No

This soundbar comes with a very simple remote that allows you to control playback with a Bluetooth device, change inputs, and activate sound enhancement features. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with a screen like the Vizio SB36512-F6 does, so it can be quite hard to know which feature you've just activated or which input you're on.

Additional Features
App
App Name N/A
iOS No
Android No
Acts as the Remote
No
Controls Soundbar's Settings
No
Casts Device Files
No

This soundbar isn't compatible with Vizio's SmartCast app.

Additional Features
Other Features
Power Saving
Standby
HDMI CEC (TV Remote Control)
No

Since this soundbar doesn't support HDMI, you can't use your TV's remote to control it. Fortunately, it does have a standby mode to help save power when it's not in use.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

There's a 20-inch variant called the SB2020n-G6M, and a 29 inch variant called the SB2920-C6, although we don't know how these perform in comparison.

Compared to other soundbars

The Vizio SB3220n-F6 is a simple budget soundbar that's quite a bit more versatile than many other 2.0 soundbars we've reviewed. Though it lacks a bit of sub-bass when compared to 2.1 systems with a dedicated subwoofer, it has an otherwise well-balanced, neutral sound profile that can make it a worthwhile upgrade over your TV speakers. See our recommendations for the best soundbars, the best budget soundbars, and the best soundbars with subwoofer.

Bose Solo 5
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Vizio SB3220n-F6 is a better soundbar than the Bose Solo 5 if you can go for something a little bigger. While the Bose feels better-built and gets a bit more bass thanks to the integrated subwoofer, the Vizio's soundstage is significantly better. The Vizio also has a couple of sound enhancement features, unlike the Bose which is essentially a plug-and-play speaker. You'll prefer the Bose if simplicity is your main goal, but the Vizio provides a more well-rounded experience.

Sonos Beam
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.com

The Sonos Beam is a better soundbar than the Vizio SB3220n-F6. While both bars have a very well-balanced, neutral sound profile, the Sonos packs a bit more thump and rumble. It also has a dedicated center channel, which helps voices sound clearer, and an even wider soundstage. It doesn't support Bluetooth, though, unlike the Sonos, which also has a regular audio jack for better mobile device support and can play files from a USB key.

Sony HT-S100F
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Vizio SB3220n-F6 is a better soundbar than the Sony HT-S100F. The Vizio has a more neutral, better-balanced sound with more bass and clearer treble. It also has a better stereo soundstage and surround performance. The Sony has HDMI ARC, though, so you can use your TV remote to control it if you prefer, and it struggles less with compression and distortion at higher volumes.

JBL Link Bar
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The JBL Link Bar is a slightly better soundbar than the Vizio SB3220n-F6. Both have fairly balanced sound profiles but the JBL packs more bass, all while struggling less with compression and distortion at higher volumes. The Vizio does have a better stereo soundstage and more sound enhancement features, but the JBL has much better input options, including HDMI support, and can play DTS files.

Insignia NS-HSB318 2.0
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.com

The Vizio SB3220n-F6 is a much better 2.0 soundbar than the Insignia NS-HSB318 2.0. It produces more bass, sounds better balanced, has a wider soundstage, and can play Dolby Digital files over optical. However, it tends to compress quite a bit in the bass range at higher volumes. The Insignia can get even louder, and compresses much less, but feels more cheaply made and performs worse overall.

Vizio SB2020n-G6
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.com

The Vizio SB3220n-F6 is a better 2.0 soundbar than the Vizio SB2020n-G6. Although they both have a similarly decent build, the SB3220n-F6 can be wall-mounted, and it also has a slightly better balanced sound profile. It can get louder than the SB2020n-G6, and it can downmix surround content into stereo. It even supports Dolby Digital content thanks to its optical connection. However, the SB2020n-G6 has an auto-off feature. 

Samsung HW-Q70R
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The 3.1.2 channel Samsung HW-Q70R is a better soundbar system than the 2.0 channel Vizio SB2330n-F6. The Samsung comes not only with a subwoofer for more thump and rumble, but it has a dedicated center channel for a clearer reproduction of voices, as well as up-firing speakers on the bar for Dolby Atmos content. It has more sound enhancement features and supports most surround sound formats over HDMI. While the Vizio is a much more limited soundbar, it's a lot more compact.

Vizio SB36512-F6
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.com

The Vizio SB36512-F6 is a much better soundbar setup than the Vizio SB3220n-F6. The SB36512 has 5.1.2 channels and can support Dolby Atmos for a significantly superior surround sound experience. It also has much less compression and distortion issues at max volume. That said, the SB3220n is the better option if you're tight on space and want something easier to install and use.

TaoTronics TT-SK023
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Vizio SB3220n-F6 is a much better soundbar than the TaoTronics TT-SK023. It has a significantly better-balanced sound profile, a much wider stereo soundstage, and many more sound enhancement features. While neither bar supports HDMI, the Vizio can at least play Dolby Digital surround content over optical. That said, the TaoTronics compresses less at max volume and has an even more compact design.

Vizio SB3820-C6
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

While the Vizio SB3220n-F6 32" and the Vizio SB3820-C6 38" are both 2.0 soundbars with an almost identical look, the SB3220n-F6 slightly outperforms the other. The SB3220n-F6 produces more bass and offers EQs to help customize your sound experience. Still, the SB3820-C6 is longer, it can get slightly louder with fewer compression artifacts, and it doesn't distort as much at max volume. It also has three additional surround sound features available.

Samsung HW-R550
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Samsung HW-R550 and the Vizio SB3220n-F6 are both decent soundbars. The 2.1-channel Samsung gets more low-bass thanks to the dedicated subwoofer, and has more sound enhancement features; however, its stereo soundstage isn't as wide as spacious as that of the Vizio. While the Samsung has more input options, like HDMI, the Vizio also has a more compact design that's better if you're tight on space.

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