It makes sense comparing Samsung HW-M360/ZA vs Samsung HW-N850 because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, HW-M360/ZA has a total rating of 6.6 out of 10 versus 8.6 for HW-N850. The competitors' control buttons are different: volume down, volume up, power, input and power, input, volume down, volume up, respectively.
Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Samsung HW-M360/ZA has 2.1 versus 5.1.2 for the Samsung HW-N850. The output power is different and equal to 200 W for the HW-M360/ZA versus 372 (overall) W for the HW-N850. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. Both models received our 7 rating of 10 for their audio features and specs.
Each of rivals supports AirPlay. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars. Both devices can play streaming audio from Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast.
Only the Samsung HW-N850 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Only the HW-N850 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the HW-M360/ZA received a rating of 5/10 versus 7/10, respectively. App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present only on the HW-N850. Multi-room is available to every soundbar.
Only the HW-N850 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HW-N850. For multichannel surround Samsung HW-M360/ZA got a rating of 4, and Samsung HW-N850 9 out of 10.