I had a chance to test and compare two models: Samsung HW-A550 vs Sonos Arc and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Samsung HW-A550 was rated 4.6, while the Sonos Arc has a rating 7. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, source, demo, volume down, volume up for the HW-A550 and volume down, volume up, play/pause, microphone for the Arc.
Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer can be connected to any of the units in this comparison. Audio features and specs of considered models we rated 5 out of 10 in our ranking. The Arc can play audio from Spotify.
Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the Arc. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Samsung HW-A550 versus 1/0 HDMIs in the Sonos Arc. As in the HW-A550, so in the Arc there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). We rated the connectivity of the HW-A550 at 8 out of 10, while the Arc was rated 7/10. The manufacturer of the Arc provides a device control application. The Sonos Arc equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.
Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the Arc. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The HW-A550 was rated 6/10, while the Arc received a mark of 4/10 for multichannel surround.