Sonos Beam vs Samsung HW-Q950T review

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Sonos Beam vs Samsung HW-Q950T review

Sonos Beam
vs
Samsung HW-Q950T

Sonos Beam vs Samsung HW-Q950T comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, Beam has a total rating of 6 out of 10 versus 8.4 for HW-Q950T. The competitors' control buttons are different: volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause and multi function, volume down, volume up, microphone, 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 9.1.4 for the Samsung HW-Q950T. 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-Q950T 9 for its audio features and specs. Spotify support is available on the HW-Q950T.

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 2/1 of the Samsung HW-Q950T. Only the HW-Q950T supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the Beam received a rating of 6/10 versus 8/10, respectively.

Features

Both models support voice control using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant. 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-Q950T.

Multichannel surround

Only the HW-Q950T has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HW-Q950T. For multichannel surround Sonos Beam got a rating of 4, and Samsung HW-Q950T 9 out of 10.

Advantages Samsung HW-Q950T over Sonos Beam

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • Multi-room support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X
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Common

Product

Sonos Beam
Samsung HW-Q950T

Model

Beam
HW-Q950T

Brand

Sonos
Samsung

Reviews

3280
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
multi function, volume down, volume up, microphone

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
9.1.4

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

546 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
2

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Chromecast
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
2/1

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

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, Google Assistant

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
has not

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

65 x 6.8x 10/25.6 x 2.7 x 3.9
122 x 5 x 12.7/48 x 2.7 x 5.4

Weight, kg/pounds

2.8/6.2
6.8/15.7

Other

Release year

2018
2020
Sonos Beam
Samsung HW-Q950T
Sonos Beam
Samsung HW-Q950T

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6
  • 8.4
  • 6Sonos Beam
  • 8.4Samsung HW-Q950T