Samsung HW-Q950T vs Sony HT-ST5000 review

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Rating 5 5

Samsung HW-Q950T vs Sony HT-ST5000 comparison chart

Overall
Samsung HW-Q950T
8.4
Sony HT-ST5000
8.6
10
10

Samsung HW-Q950T vs Sony HT-ST5000 review

Samsung HW-Q950T
vs
Sony HT-ST5000

Samsung HW-Q950T vs Sony HT-ST5000 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, HW-Q950T has a total rating of 8.4 out of 10 versus 8.6 for HT-ST5000. The competitors' control buttons are different: multi function, volume down, volume up, microphone and power, volume down, volume up, input Bluetooth, music service, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Samsung HW-Q950T has 9.1.4 versus 7.1.2 for the Sony HT-ST5000. The output power is different and equal to 546 (overall) W for the HW-Q950T versus 800 (overall) W for the HT-ST5000. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. Both models received our 9 rating of 10 for their audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.

Connectivity

These models have the ability to connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Samsung HW-Q950T has 2/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 3/1 of the Sony HT-ST5000. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the HW-Q950T received a rating of 8/10 versus 9/10, respectively.

Features

Both models support voice control using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant. App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present in each model. Multi-room is available to every soundbar.

Multichannel surround

Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. The surround sound technology DTS:X is supported by devices under review. For multichannel surround Samsung HW-Q950T got a rating of 9, and Sony HT-ST5000 8 out of 10.

Advantages Samsung HW-Q950T over Sony HT-ST5000

  • Amazon Music compatible
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Common

Product

Samsung HW-Q950T
Sony HT-ST5000

Model

HW-Q950T
HT-ST5000

Brand

Samsung
Sony

Reviews

664
173

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

multi function, volume down, volume up, microphone
power, volume down, volume up, input Bluetooth, music service

Audio features

Built-in channels

9.1.4
7.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

546 (overall)
800 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, TIDAL, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuz, Chromecast, iHeart

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/1
3/1

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

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)

0/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
has not

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

122 x 5 x 12.7/48 x 2.7 x 5.4
117.8 x 7.8 x 14.4/46.4 x 3.1 x 5.7

Weight, kg/pounds

6.8/15.7
8.1/18

Other

Release year

2020
2017
Samsung HW-Q950T
Sony HT-ST5000
Samsung HW-Q950T
Sony HT-ST5000

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8.4
  • 8.6
  • 8.4Samsung HW-Q950T
  • 8.6Sony HT-ST5000

The Sony HT-ST5000 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Sony HT-ST5000 price