Samsung HW-J355 vs Bose Soundbar 500 review

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Rating 5 5
Samsung HW-J355
vs
Bose Soundbar 500

An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so Samsung HW-J355 vs Bose Soundbar 500 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, HW-J355 has a total rating of 5.8 out of 10 versus 7 for Soundbar 500. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input and microphone, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Samsung HW-J355 has 2.1 versus 3.0 for the Bose Soundbar 500. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. The HW-J355 has a wired and wireless connection to separate subwoofer, and the Soundbar 500 - wireless. The Samsung HW-J355 got our rating of 7 out of 10, and the Bose Soundbar 500 6 for its audio features and specs.

Streaming services

The Samsung HW-J355 has support AirPlay, and its competitor in our comparison has AirPlay 2. Only the HW-J355 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. Only the Soundbar 500 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the HW-J355 received a rating of 6/10 versus 8/10, respectively. App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present only on the Soundbar 500. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.

Multichannel surround

Only the Soundbar 500 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support. For multichannel surround Samsung HW-J355 got a rating of 2, and Bose Soundbar 500 4 out of 10.

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Samsung HW-J355
5.8
Bose Soundbar 500
7
5
8
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Common

Product

Samsung HW-J355
Bose Soundbar 500

Model

HW-J355
Soundbar 500

Brand

Samsung
Bose

Reviews

1040
170

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, input
microphone

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
3.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

60

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wired, wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay
AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast
Pandora,Tuneln, Deezer, iHeart, SiriusXM

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
1/0

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

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

94 x 5.1 x 5.1/37.1 x 2.3 x 2.6
80 x 4.3 x 10.1/31.5 x 1.7 x 4

Weight, kg/pounds

1.3/3.5
3.1/7
Samsung HW-J355
Bose Soundbar 500
Samsung HW-J355
Bose Soundbar 500

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.8
  • 7
  • 5.8Samsung HW-J355
  • 7Bose Soundbar 500

The Bose Soundbar 500 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Bose Soundbar 500 price