Sonos Beam vs Samsung HW-R650 review

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Sonos Beam vs Samsung HW-R650 comparison chart

Sonos Beam vs Samsung HW-R650 review

Sonos Beam
vs
Samsung HW-R650

Sonos Beam vs Samsung HW-R650 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, Beam has a total rating of 6 out of 10 versus 5.2 for HW-R650. The competitors' control buttons are different: volume down, volume up, microphone, play/pause and volume down, volume up, power, source, 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 3.1 for the Samsung HW-R650. 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-R650 7 for its audio features and specs. Spotify support not implemented in both soundbars.

Connectivity

Only the Sonos Beam can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Sonos Beam has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/1 of the Samsung HW-R650. Only the HW-R650 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the Beam received a rating of 6/10 versus 7/10, respectively. App control is available for the Beam. A built-in microphone is present only on the Beam. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.

Multichannel surround

None of soundbars equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. For multichannel surround Sonos Beam got a rating of 4, and Samsung HW-R650 5 out of 10.

Advantages Sonos Beam over Samsung HW-R650

  • WI-FI enabled
  • App control
  • Microphone

Advantages Samsung HW-R650 over Sonos Beam

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
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Common

Product

Sonos Beam
Samsung HW-R650

Model

Beam
HW-R650

Brand

Sonos
Samsung

Reviews

3034
427

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, power, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
3.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

340 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

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
1/1

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

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
DTS Digital Surround

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

65 x 6.8x 10/25.6 x 2.7 x 3.9
104 x 5 x 7.6/41.7 x 2.3 x 3.4

Weight, kg/pounds

2.8/6.2
2.9/6.4

Other

Release year

2018
2019
Sonos Beam
Samsung HW-R650
Sonos Beam
Samsung HW-R650

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6
  • 5.2
  • 6Sonos Beam
  • 5.2Samsung HW-R650

The Sonos Beam is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Sonos Beam price

Sonos Beam competitors

Samsung HW-R650 competitors