Sonos Beam vs Samsung HW-T550 review

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Sonos Beam vs Samsung HW-T550 review

Sonos Beam
vs
Samsung HW-T550

I had a chance to test and compare two models: Sonos Beam vs Samsung HW-T550 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Sonos Beam was rated 6, while the Samsung HW-T550 has a rating 4.5. 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, power, source for the HW-T550.

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-T550 has 2.1. 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. Audio features and specs of considered models we rated 6 out of 10 in our ranking. The units in this comparison do not support Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the Beam. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Sonos Beam versus 1/1 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-T550. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the HW-T550. The connectivity of each of the models was estimated at 6/10. The manufacturer of the Beam provides a device control application. The Sonos Beam equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the Beam or HW-T550. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The Beam was rated 4/10, while the HW-T550 received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Sonos Beam over Samsung HW-T550

  • WI-FI enabled
  • App control
  • Microphone

Advantages Samsung HW-T550 over Sonos Beam

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

Product

Sonos Beam
Samsung HW-T550

Model

Beam
HW-T550

Brand

Sonos
Samsung

Reviews

3034
2901

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
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

320 (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

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
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
83.8 x 5 x 7.6/33.9 x 2.2 x 3.3

Weight, kg/pounds

2.8/6.2
1.8/4.6

Other

Release year

2018
2020
Sonos Beam
Samsung HW-T550
Sonos Beam
Samsung HW-T550

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6
  • 4.5
  • 6Sonos Beam
  • 4.5Samsung HW-T550

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

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