The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Samsung HW-J355 vs LG SL5Y that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, HW-J355 has a total rating of 6.6 out of 10 versus 5 for SL5Y. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input and power, volume down, volume up, function, respectively.
Both soundbars have active amplification type. Soundbars have the same number of channels on 2.1. The output power is different and equal to 120 W for the HW-J355 versus 400 (overall) W for the SL5Y. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. The HW-J355 has a wired and wireless connection to separate subwoofer, and the SL5Y - wireless. Both models received our 7 rating of 10 for their audio features and specs. Spotify support is available on the HW-J355.
Only the Samsung HW-J355 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Only the SL5Y supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the HW-J355 received a rating of 6/10 versus 7/10, respectively.
App control is available for the HW-J355. None of the models under consideration have a built-in microphone. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.
None of soundbars equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. For multichannel surround Samsung HW-J355 got a rating of 4, and LG SL5Y 6 out of 10.