It makes sense comparing Samsung HW-M360/ZA vs Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 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 7.8 for Shockwafe Pro 7.1. The competitors' control buttons are different: volume down, volume up, power, input and power, source, demo, 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 7.1.4 for the Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1. The output power is different and equal to 200 W for the HW-M360/ZA versus 600 (overall) W for the Shockwafe Pro 7.1. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Samsung HW-M360/ZA got our rating of 7 out of 10, and the Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 8 for its audio features and specs. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.
Both models do not have WI-FI support. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Only the Shockwafe Pro 7.1 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 8/10, respectively.
App control is available for the HW-M360/ZA. None of the models under consideration have a built-in microphone. Multi-room is only available for the Samsung HW-M360/ZA.
Only the Shockwafe Pro 7.1 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the Shockwafe Pro 7.1. For multichannel surround Samsung HW-M360/ZA got a rating of 4, and Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 10 out of 10.