Sony HT-Z9F vs Samsung HW-N650 review

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Sony HT-Z9F
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Samsung HW-N650

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Sony HT-Z9F vs Samsung HW-N650. The Sony HT-Z9F was rated 6.8, while the Samsung HW-N650 has a rating 6.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up for the HT-Z9F and volume down, volume up, input, power for the HW-N650.

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-N650 has 5.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 400 (overall) versus 360 (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. Audio features and specs of considered models we rated 7 out of 10 in our ranking. Google Play Music service is only in the HW-N650. Each of the competitors can play content 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 1/0 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-N650. As in the HT-Z9F, so in the HW-N650 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-N650 was rated 7/10. The manufacturer of the HW-N650 provides a device control application. The Samsung HW-N650 equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration can 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-N650 received a mark of 2/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Sony HT-Z9F over Samsung HW-N650

  • WI-FI enabled
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Advantages Samsung HW-N650 over Sony HT-Z9F

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

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Common

Product

Sony HT-Z9F
Samsung HW-N650

Model

HT-Z9F
HW-N650

Brand

Sony
Samsung

Reviews

237
67

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
volume down, volume up, input, power

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.1
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

400 (overall)
360 (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

Chromecast
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/0
1/0

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

100 x 6.4 x 10/39.4 x 2.5 x 3.4
109.2 x 5 x 7.6/43.3 x 2.3 x 3.9

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/6.6
3.1/7.9
Sony HT-Z9F
Samsung HW-N650
Sony HT-Z9F
Samsung HW-N650

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 6.6
  • 6.8Sony HT-Z9F
  • 6.6Samsung HW-N650

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