Samsung HW-M360/ZA vs Sony HT-Z9F review

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Samsung HW-M360/ZA
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Sony HT-Z9F

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Samsung HW-M360/ZA vs Sony HT-Z9F that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, HW-M360/ZA has a total rating of 5.6 out of 10 versus 6.8 for HT-Z9F. The competitors' control buttons are different: volume down, volume up, power, input and power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Samsung HW-M360/ZA has 2.1 versus 3.1 for the Sony HT-Z9F. The output power is different and equal to 100 W for the HW-M360/ZA versus 400 (overall) W for the HT-Z9F. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. Both models received our 7 rating of 10 for their audio features and specs. Only the HW-M360/ZA supports Google Play Music. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.

Connectivity

Only the Sony HT-Z9F can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Only the HT-Z9F supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the HW-M360/ZA received a rating of 5/10 versus 8/10, respectively. App control is available for the HW-M360/ZA. None of the models under consideration have a built-in microphone. Multi-room is only available for the Sony HT-Z9F.

Multichannel surround

Only the HT-Z9F has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HT-Z9F. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support. For multichannel surround Samsung HW-M360/ZA got a rating of 2, and Sony HT-Z9F 7 out of 10.

Advantages Samsung HW-M360/ZA over Sony HT-Z9F

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • App control

Advantages Sony HT-Z9F over Samsung HW-M360/ZA

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

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Samsung HW-M360/ZA
5.6
Sony HT-Z9F
6.8
5
7
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Common

Product

Samsung HW-M360/ZA
Sony HT-Z9F

Model

HW-M360/ZA
HT-Z9F

Brand

Samsung
Sony

Reviews

870
175

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

volume down, volume up, power, input
power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
3.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

100
400 (overall)

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)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast
Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
2/0

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

88.9 x 5.1 x 5.8/35.7 x 2.1 x 2.7
100 x 6.4 x 10/39.4 x 2.5 x 3.4

Weight, kg/pounds

1.4/3.3
3.1/6.6
Samsung HW-M360/ZA
Sony HT-Z9F
Samsung HW-M360/ZA
Sony HT-Z9F

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.6
  • 6.8
  • 5.6Samsung HW-M360/ZA
  • 6.8Sony HT-Z9F

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