I had a chance to test and compare two models: Samsung HW-Q80R vs Sony HT-S350 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Samsung HW-Q80R was rated 6.8, while the Sony HT-S350 has a rating 5. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, source for the HW-Q80R and power, volume down, volume up, Bluetooth, TV for the HT-S350.
Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that HW-Q80R has 5.1.2 and HT-S350 has 2.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 372 (overall) versus 85 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. Rate 8 out of 10 received the Samsung HW-Q80R for audio features and specs, but the Sony HT-S350 received 7 out of 10.
Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. The HW-Q80R can play audio from Spotify.
Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the HW-Q80R. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 2/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Samsung HW-Q80R versus 0/1 HDMIs in the Sony HT-S350. As in the HW-Q80R, so in the HT-S350 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). We rated the connectivity of the HW-Q80R at 7 out of 10, while the HT-S350 was rated 5/10. The manufacturer of the HW-Q80R provides a device control application. The Samsung HW-Q80R equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.
Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the HW-Q80R. The HW-Q80R can work with surround sound due to DTS:X support. DTS Virtual:X technology not supported by any of the soundbars in this review. The HW-Q80R was rated 7/10, while the HT-S350 received a mark of 4/10 for multichannel surround.
The Samsung HW-Q80R is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-Q80R price