Bose Soundbar 500 vs Samsung HW-K850 review

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Rating 5 5
Bose Soundbar 500
vs
Samsung HW-K850

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Bose Soundbar 500 vs Samsung HW-K850. The Bose Soundbar 500 was rated 7, while the Samsung HW-K850 has a rating 5.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, microphone for the Soundbar 500 and power, volume down, volume up, source for the HW-K850.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that Soundbar 500 has 3.0 and HW-K850 has 3.1.2. 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 6 out of 10 in our ranking. 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 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Bose Soundbar 500 versus 2/1 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-K850. As in the Soundbar 500, so in the HW-K850 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the Soundbar 500 at 8 out of 10, while the HW-K850 was rated 7/10. The manufacturer of the Soundbar 500 provides a device control application. The Bose Soundbar 500 equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Manufacturers equipped both units with Dolby Atmos audio decoder. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. DTS Virtual:X technology not supported by any of the soundbars in this review. The Soundbar 500 was rated 4/10, while the HW-K850 received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Bose Soundbar 500 over Samsung HW-K850

  • App control
  • Microphone

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Bose Soundbar 500
7
Samsung HW-K850
5.6
8
4
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Common

Product

Bose Soundbar 500
Samsung HW-K850

Model

Soundbar 500
HW-K850

Brand

Bose
Samsung

Reviews

287
81

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

microphone
power, volume down, volume up, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
3.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

350 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora,Tuneln, Deezer, iHeart, SiriusXM
Napster, iHeart

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
2/1

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)

0/0
1/0

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

80 x 4.3 x 10.1/31.5 x 1.7 x 4
120.9 x 8.1 x 12.9 /47.6 x 3.2 x 5.1

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/7
6.6/14.7
Bose Soundbar 500
Samsung HW-K850
Bose Soundbar 500
Samsung HW-K850

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7
  • 5.6
  • 7Bose Soundbar 500
  • 5.6Samsung HW-K850

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