It makes sense comparing Sony HT-Z9F vs Samsung HW-N850 because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, HT-Z9F has a total rating of 7.2 out of 10 versus 8.6 for HW-N850. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up and power, input, volume down, volume up, respectively.
Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Sony HT-Z9F has 3.1 versus 5.1.2 for the Samsung HW-N850. The output power is different and equal to 400 (overall) W for the HT-Z9F versus 372 (overall) W for the HW-N850. 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. 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. Each soundbar has 2/0 HDMI inputs/outputs. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the HT-Z9F received a rating of 8/10 versus 7/10, respectively.
App control is available for the HW-N850. A built-in microphone is present only on the HW-N850. 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 Sony HT-Z9F got a rating of 8, and Samsung HW-N850 9 out of 10.