Sonos Beam vs Samsung HW-N850 review

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Rating 5 5
Sonos Beam
vs
Samsung HW-N850

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 5.6 out of 10 versus 7.2 for HW-N850. The competitors' control buttons are different: volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause and power, input, volume down, volume up, respectively.

Audio features

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.

Streaming services

The Sonos Beam has support AirPlay 2, and its competitor in our comparison has AirPlay. Only the HW-N850 supports Google Play Music. Spotify support is available on the HW-N850.

Connectivity

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.

Features

App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present only on the Beam. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.

Multichannel surround

Only the HW-N850 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HW-N850. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support. For multichannel surround Sonos Beam got a rating of 2, and Samsung HW-N850 7 out of 10.

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Common

Product

Sonos Beam
Samsung HW-N850

Model

Beam
HW-N850

Brand

Sonos
Samsung

Reviews

1066
28

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
power, input, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
5.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

372 (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
2/0

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
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa

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
121.9 x 7.6 x 12.7/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.4

Weight, kg/pounds

2.8/6.2
8.1/18.7
Sonos Beam
Samsung HW-N850
Sonos Beam
Samsung HW-N850

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.6
  • 7.2
  • 5.6Sonos Beam
  • 7.2Samsung HW-N850

The Samsung HW-N850 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-N850 price