Samsung HW-Q80R vs Sony HT-S350 review

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Rating 5 5
Samsung HW-Q80R
vs
Sony HT-S350

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.

Audio features

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.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. The HW-Q80R can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

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.

Multichannel surround

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.

Advantages Samsung HW-Q80R over Sony HT-S350

  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • App control
  • Microphone
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

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Common

Product

Samsung HW-Q80R
Sony HT-S350

Model

HW-Q80R
HT-S350

Brand

Samsung
Sony

Reviews

1393
1299

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, volume down, volume up, source
power, volume down, volume up, Bluetooth, TV

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1.2
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

372 (overall)
85

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/1
0/1

HDMI ARC

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

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

122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3
90 x 6.4 x 8.8/35.5 x 2.6 x 3.5

Weight, kg/pounds

8.7/19.4
2.4/5.4
Samsung HW-Q80R
Sony HT-S350
Samsung HW-Q80R
Sony HT-S350

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

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  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 5
  • 6.8Samsung HW-Q80R
  • 5Sony HT-S350

The Samsung HW-Q80R is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-Q80R price