Denon HEOS BAR vs Samsung HW-K850 review

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Rating 5 5
Denon HEOS BAR
vs
Samsung HW-K850

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Denon HEOS BAR vs Samsung HW-K850. The Denon HEOS BAR was rated 7, while the Samsung HW-K850 has a rating 5.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, volume down, volume up, sound off for the HEOS BAR and power, volume down, volume up, source for the HW-K850.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that HEOS BAR has 3.0 and HW-K850 has 3.1.2. 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.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the HW-K850. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 4/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Denon HEOS BAR versus 2/1 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-K850. As in the HEOS BAR, so in the HW-K850 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. The connectivity of each of the models was estimated at 7/10. The manufacturer of the HEOS BAR provides a device control application. The Denon HEOS BAR equipped with a microphone. The Denon HEOS BAR may become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the HW-K850. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. DTS Virtual:X technology not supported by any of the soundbars in this review. The HEOS BAR was rated 4/10, while the HW-K850 received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Denon HEOS BAR over Samsung HW-K850

  • App control
  • Microphone
  • Multi-room support

Advantages Samsung HW-K850 over Denon HEOS BAR

  • WI-FI enabled
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Denon HEOS BAR
7
Samsung HW-K850
5.6
10
4
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Common

Product

Denon HEOS BAR
Samsung HW-K850

Model

HEOS BAR
HW-K850

Brand

Denon
Samsung

Reviews

20
81

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

volume down, volume up, sound off
power, volume down, volume up, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
3.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

350 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Deezer, TIDAL, Napster, SiriusXM, iHeart
Napster, iHeart

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

4/1
2/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
1/0

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 Digital

Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

109.8 x 7.1 x 14.7/43.3 x 2.8 x 5.8
120.9 x 8.1 x 12.9 /47.6 x 3.2 x 5.1

Weight, kg/pounds

4.8/10.5
6.6/14.7
Denon HEOS BAR
Samsung HW-K850
Denon HEOS BAR
Samsung HW-K850

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7
  • 5.6
  • 7Denon HEOS BAR
  • 5.6Samsung HW-K850

The Denon HEOS BAR is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Denon HEOS BAR price