Samsung HW-M360/ZA vs Samsung HW-K850 review

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Samsung HW-M360/ZA
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Samsung HW-K850

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Samsung HW-M360/ZA vs Samsung HW-K850. Both soundbars received a score of 5.6 in our ranking. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, volume down, volume up, power, input for the HW-M360/ZA 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 HW-M360/ZA has 2.1 and HW-K850 has 3.1.2. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 100 versus 350 (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. Rate 7 out of 10 received the Samsung HW-M360/ZA for audio features and specs, but the Samsung HW-K850 received 6 out of 10. Google Play Music service is only in the HW-M360/ZA. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the HW-K850. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the HW-K850. Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the HW-M360/ZA at 5 out of 10, while the HW-K850 was rated 7/10.

Features

The manufacturer of the HW-M360/ZA provides a device control application. Soundbars in this review are not equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the HW-K850. 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 HW-M360/ZA was rated 2/10, while the HW-K850 received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Samsung HW-M360/ZA over Samsung HW-K850

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • App control

Advantages Samsung HW-K850 over Samsung HW-M360/ZA

  • WI-FI enabled
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Samsung HW-M360/ZA
5.6
Samsung HW-K850
5.6
5
4
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Common

Product

Samsung HW-M360/ZA
Samsung HW-K850

Model

HW-M360/ZA
HW-K850

Brand

Samsung
Samsung

Reviews

870
81

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

volume down, volume up, power, input
power, volume down, volume up, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
3.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

100
350 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast
Napster, iHeart

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
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)

1/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

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

88.9 x 5.1 x 5.8/35.7 x 2.1 x 2.7
120.9 x 8.1 x 12.9 /47.6 x 3.2 x 5.1

Weight, kg/pounds

1.4/3.3
6.6/14.7
Samsung HW-M360/ZA
Samsung HW-K850
Samsung HW-M360/ZA
Samsung HW-K850

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.6
  • 5.6
  • 5.6Samsung HW-M360/ZA
  • 5.6Samsung HW-K850

The Samsung HW-M360/ZA is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-M360/ZA price