Sonos Beam vs Samsung HW-N650 review

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Rating 5 5
Sonos Beam
vs
Samsung HW-N650

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Sonos Beam vs Samsung HW-N650. The Sonos Beam was rated 5.6, while the Samsung HW-N650 has a rating 6.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause for the Beam and volume down, volume up, input, power for the HW-N650.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that Beam has 3.0 and HW-N650 has 5.1. 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. Rate 6 out of 10 received the Sonos Beam for audio features and specs, but the Samsung HW-N650 received 7 out of 10.

Streaming services

The Sonos Beam is equipped with AirPlay 2, but the Samsung HW-N650 has AirPlay on board. Google Play Music service is only in the HW-N650. The HW-N650 can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the Beam. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs are in each of soundbars. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the HW-N650. We rated the connectivity of the Beam at 6 out of 10, while the HW-N650 was rated 7/10. Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. The soundbars in this review are equipped with a microphone. The Samsung HW-N650 may become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the Beam or HW-N650. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. DTS Virtual:X technology not supported by any of the soundbars in this review. The same score of 2/10 was put to the soundbars for multichannel surround support.

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Common

Product

Sonos Beam
Samsung HW-N650

Model

Beam
HW-N650

Brand

Sonos
Samsung

Reviews

1066
54

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause
volume down, volume up, input, power

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

360 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2
AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Chromecast
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
1/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Digital

Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

65 x 6.8x 10/25.6 x 2.7 x 3.9
109.2 x 5 x 7.6/43.3 x 2.3 x 3.9

Weight, kg/pounds

2.8/6.2
3.1/7.9
Sonos Beam
Samsung HW-N650
Sonos Beam
Samsung HW-N650

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.6
  • 6.6
  • 5.6Sonos Beam
  • 6.6Samsung HW-N650

The Samsung HW-N650 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-N650 price