Bose Soundbar 500 vs Samsung HW-M360/ZA review

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Rating 5 5
Bose Soundbar 500
vs
Samsung HW-M360/ZA

The Bose Soundbar 500 vs Samsung HW-M360/ZA comparison shows that these models have some important differences and common features. The Bose Soundbar 500 was rated 7, while the Samsung HW-M360/ZA has a rating 5.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, microphone for the Soundbar 500 and volume down, volume up, power, input for the HW-M360/ZA.

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-M360/ZA has 2.1. 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 6 out of 10 received the Bose Soundbar 500 for audio features and specs, but the Samsung HW-M360/ZA received 7 out of 10.

Streaming services

The Bose Soundbar 500 is equipped with AirPlay 2, but the Samsung HW-M360/ZA has AirPlay on board. 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 Soundbar 500. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the Soundbar 500. 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-M360/ZA was rated 5/10. Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. The Bose Soundbar 500 equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the Soundbar 500. 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-M360/ZA received a mark of 2/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Bose Soundbar 500 over Samsung HW-M360/ZA

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

Advantages Samsung HW-M360/ZA over Bose Soundbar 500

  • Google Play Music compatible

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Bose Soundbar 500
7
Samsung HW-M360/ZA
5.6
8
5
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Common

Product

Bose Soundbar 500
Samsung HW-M360/ZA

Model

Soundbar 500
HW-M360/ZA

Brand

Bose
Samsung

Reviews

287
870

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

microphone
volume down, volume up, power, input

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

100

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2
AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

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

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
0/0

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)

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
88.9 x 5.1 x 5.8/35.7 x 2.1 x 2.7

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/7
1.4/3.3
Bose Soundbar 500
Samsung HW-M360/ZA
Bose Soundbar 500
Samsung HW-M360/ZA

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7
  • 5.6
  • 7Bose Soundbar 500
  • 5.6Samsung HW-M360/ZA

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