Sony HT-Z9F vs Samsung HW-N950 review

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Sony HT-Z9F
vs
Samsung HW-N950

An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so Sony HT-Z9F vs Samsung HW-N950 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, HT-Z9F has a total rating of 6.8 out of 10 versus 8.2 for HW-N950. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up and power, input, 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 Sony HT-Z9F has 3.1 versus 7.1.4 for the Samsung HW-N950. The output power is different and equal to 400 (overall) W for the HT-Z9F versus 512 (overall) W for the HW-N950. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Sony HT-Z9F got our rating of 7 out of 10, and the Samsung HW-N950 8 for its audio features and specs. Only the HW-N950 supports Google Play Music. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.

Connectivity

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.

Features

App control is available for the HW-N950. A built-in microphone is present only on the HW-N950. Multi-room is available to every soundbar.

Multichannel surround

Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. The surround sound technology DTS:X is supported by devices under review. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support. For multichannel surround, each of the opponents received 7 points out of 10.

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Sony HT-Z9F
6.8
Samsung HW-N950
8.2
7
10
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Common

Product

Sony HT-Z9F
Samsung HW-N950

Model

HT-Z9F
HW-N950

Brand

Sony
Samsung

Reviews

175
98

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, input, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.1
7.1.4

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

400 (overall)
512 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
2

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
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
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa

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
122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/6.6
8.8/19.4
Sony HT-Z9F
Samsung HW-N950
Sony HT-Z9F
Samsung HW-N950

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 8.2
  • 6.8Sony HT-Z9F
  • 8.2Samsung HW-N950

The Samsung HW-N950 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-N950 price