It makes sense comparing Sonos Beam vs Samsung HW-N850 because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, Beam has a total rating of 6 out of 10 versus 8.6 for HW-N850. The competitors' control buttons are different: volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause and power, input, volume down, volume up, respectively.
Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Sonos Beam has 3.0 versus 5.1.2 for the Samsung HW-N850. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Sonos Beam got our rating of 6 out of 10, and the Samsung HW-N850 7 for its audio features and specs.
The Sonos Beam has support AirPlay 2, and its competitor in our comparison has AirPlay. Spotify support is available on the HW-N850.
These models have the ability to connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Sonos Beam has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 2/0 of the Samsung HW-N850. Only the HW-N850 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the Beam received a rating of 6/10 versus 7/10, respectively.
App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present in each model. Multi-room is only available for the Samsung HW-N850.
Only the HW-N850 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HW-N850. For multichannel surround Sonos Beam got a rating of 4, and Samsung HW-N850 9 out of 10.