Sony HT-CT800 vs Samsung HW-K850 review

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Rating 5 5
Sony HT-CT800
vs
Samsung HW-K850

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Sony HT-CT800 vs Samsung HW-K850. Both soundbars received a score of 5.6 in our ranking. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up for the HT-CT800 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 HT-CT800 has 2.1 and HW-K850 has 3.1.2. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 110 versus 350 (overall) according to devices. 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. Google Play Music service is only in the HT-CT800. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 3/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Sony HT-CT800 versus 2/1 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-K850. As in the HT-CT800, so in the HW-K850 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the HT-CT800 at 8 out of 10, while the HW-K850 was rated 7/10.

Features

None of these soundbars can be controlled using the app. Soundbars in this review are not equipped with a microphone. The Sony HT-CT800 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 HT-CT800 was rated 2/10, while the HW-K850 received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Sony HT-CT800 over Samsung HW-K850

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • Multi-room support

Advantages Samsung HW-K850 over Sony HT-CT800

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Sony HT-CT800
5.6
Samsung HW-K850
5.6
5
4
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Common

Product

Sony HT-CT800
Samsung HW-K850

Model

HT-CT800
HW-K850

Brand

Sony
Samsung

Reviews

315
81

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up
power, volume down, volume up, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
3.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

110
350 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Napster, TIDAL, Deezer, Chromecast
Napster, iHeart

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

3/0
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

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

103 x 5.2 x 12.6/40.5 x 2.1 x 5
120.9 x 8.1 x 12.9 /47.6 x 3.2 x 5.1

Weight, kg/pounds

2.8/6.1
6.6/14.7
Sony HT-CT800
Samsung HW-K850
Sony HT-CT800
Samsung HW-K850

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.6
  • 5.6
  • 5.6Sony HT-CT800
  • 5.6Samsung HW-K850

The Sony HT-CT800 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Sony HT-CT800 price