Sony HT-Z9F vs Samsung HW-Q70R review

Votes 7 7
Rating 3.7 3.7
Sony HT-Z9F
vs
Samsung HW-Q70R

If you have already decided that you want to buy a new soundbar, but still don’t know what exactly you want, the Sony HT-Z9F vs Samsung HW-Q70R comparison is here to offer you two decent solutions. The Sony HT-Z9F was rated 6.8, while the Samsung HW-Q70R 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 power, volume down, volume up, source for the HW-Q70R.

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-Q70R has 3.1.2. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 400 (overall) versus 330 (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.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. 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-Q70R. As in the HT-Z9F, so in the HW-Q70R 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-Q70R was rated 7/10.

Features

The manufacturer of the HW-Q70R provides a device control application. The Samsung HW-Q70R equipped with a microphone. The Sony HT-Z9F may become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Manufacturers equipped both units with Dolby Atmos audio decoder. Units from this comparison can process surround sound due to DTS:X support. DTS Virtual:X technology not supported by any of the soundbars in this review. The same score of 7/10 was put to the soundbars for multichannel surround support.

Advantages Sony HT-Z9F over Samsung HW-Q70R

  • Multi-room support

Advantages Samsung HW-Q70R over Sony HT-Z9F

  • App control
  • Microphone

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Common

Product

Sony HT-Z9F
Samsung HW-Q70R

Model

HT-Z9F
HW-Q70R

Brand

Sony
Samsung

Reviews

237
1393

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, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.1
3.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

400 (overall)
330 (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)

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
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
110 x 5.8 x 9.9/43.3 x 2.3 x 3.9

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/6.6
3.5/7.9
Sony HT-Z9F
Samsung HW-Q70R
Sony HT-Z9F
Samsung HW-Q70R

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 6.6
  • 6.8Sony HT-Z9F
  • 6.6Samsung HW-Q70R

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