Sony HT-Z9F vs Samsung HW-M360 review

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Sony HT-Z9F
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Samsung HW-M360

The Sony HT-Z9F vs Samsung HW-M360 comparison shows that these models have some important differences and common features. The Sony HT-Z9F was rated 6.8, while the Samsung HW-M360 has a rating 4.5. 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, input for the HW-M360.

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-M360 has 2.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 400 (overall) versus 100 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. Audio features and specs of considered models we rated 7 out of 10 in our ranking.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. The HT-Z9F can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the HT-Z9F. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 2/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Sony HT-Z9F versus 1/1 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-M360. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the HT-Z9F. 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-M360 was rated 5/10. The manufacturer of the HW-M360 provides a device control application. Soundbars in this review are not equipped with a microphone. The Sony HT-Z9F may become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the HT-Z9F. 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-M360 received a mark of 2/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Sony HT-Z9F over Samsung HW-M360

  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • Multi-room support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Advantages Samsung HW-M360 over Sony HT-Z9F

  • App control

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Common

Product

Sony HT-Z9F
Samsung HW-M360

Model

HT-Z9F
HW-M360

Brand

Sony
Samsung

Reviews

237
157

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, input

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.1
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

400 (overall)
100

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

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

Chromecast
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/0
1/1

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
0/0

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
90.6 x 5.3 x 6.8/35.7 x 2.1 x 2.7

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/6.6
1.5/3.3
Sony HT-Z9F
Samsung HW-M360
Sony HT-Z9F
Samsung HW-M360

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 4.5
  • 6.8Sony HT-Z9F
  • 4.5Samsung HW-M360

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