Samsung HW-Q80R vs Sony HT-Z9F review

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Samsung HW-Q80R
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Sony HT-Z9F

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Samsung HW-Q80R vs Sony HT-Z9F that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, both soundbars have the same overall rating of 6.8. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, source 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-Q80R has 5.1.2 versus 3.1 for the Sony HT-Z9F. The output power is different and equal to 372 (overall) W for the HW-Q80R versus 400 (overall) W for the HT-Z9F. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Samsung HW-Q80R got our rating of 8 out of 10, and the Sony HT-Z9F 7 for its audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both models do not support 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. The Samsung HW-Q80R has 2/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 2/0 of the Sony HT-Z9F. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the HW-Q80R received a rating of 7/10 versus 8/10, respectively.

Features

App control is available for the HW-Q80R. A built-in microphone is present only on the HW-Q80R. Multi-room is only available for the Sony HT-Z9F.

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.

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Common

Product

Samsung HW-Q80R
Sony HT-Z9F

Model

HW-Q80R
HT-Z9F

Brand

Samsung
Sony

Reviews

436
91

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

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

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1.2
3.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

372 (overall)
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)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/1
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)

0/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa
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

122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3
100 x 6.4 x 10/39.4 x 2.5 x 3.4

Weight, kg/pounds

8.7/19.4
3.1/6.6
Samsung HW-Q80R
Sony HT-Z9F
Samsung HW-Q80R
Sony HT-Z9F

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 6.8
  • 6.8Samsung HW-Q80R
  • 6.8Sony HT-Z9F

The Samsung HW-Q80R is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-Q80R price