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.
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.
Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.
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.
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.
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.
The Sony HT-ST5000 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Sony HT-ST5000 price