Sony HT-Z9F vs Samsung HW-K850 review

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Sony HT-Z9F
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Samsung HW-K850

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Sony HT-Z9F vs Samsung HW-K850. The Sony HT-Z9F was rated 6.8, while the Samsung HW-K850 has a rating 5.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up for the HT-Z9F 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-Z9F has 3.1 and HW-K850 has 3.1.2. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 400 (overall) 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. Rate 7 out of 10 received the Sony HT-Z9F for audio features and specs, but the Samsung HW-K850 received 6 out of 10.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. 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 2/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Sony HT-Z9F versus 2/1 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-K850. As in the HT-Z9F, 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-Z9F at 8 out of 10, while the HW-K850 was rated 7/10. None of these soundbars can be controlled using the app. Soundbars in this review are not equipped with a microphone. The Sony HT-Z9F may become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Manufacturers equipped both units with Dolby Atmos audio decoder. The HT-Z9F 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 HT-Z9F was rated 7/10, while the HW-K850 received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Sony HT-Z9F over Samsung HW-K850

  • Multi-room support
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Advantages Samsung HW-K850 over Sony HT-Z9F

  • Amazon Music compatible

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Common

Product

Sony HT-Z9F
Samsung HW-K850

Model

HT-Z9F
HW-K850

Brand

Sony
Samsung

Reviews

237
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

3.1
3.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

400 (overall)
350 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

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

Chromecast
Napster, iHeart

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/0
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

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

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

100 x 6.4 x 10/39.4 x 2.5 x 3.4
120.9 x 8.1 x 12.9 /47.6 x 3.2 x 5.1

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/6.6
6.6/14.7
Sony HT-Z9F
Samsung HW-K850
Sony HT-Z9F
Samsung HW-K850

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 5.6
  • 6.8Sony HT-Z9F
  • 5.6Samsung HW-K850

The Sony HT-Z9F is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Sony HT-Z9F price