Denon HEOS BAR vs Samsung HW-N650 review

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Rating 5 5
Denon HEOS BAR
vs
Samsung HW-N650

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Denon HEOS BAR vs Samsung HW-N650. The Denon HEOS BAR was rated 7, while the Samsung HW-N650 has a rating 6.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, volume down, volume up, sound off for the HEOS BAR and volume down, volume up, input, power for the HW-N650.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that HEOS BAR has 3.0 and HW-N650 has 5.1. 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 Denon HEOS BAR for audio features and specs, but the Samsung HW-N650 received 7 out of 10. Google Play Music service is only in the HW-N650. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models do not have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 4/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Denon HEOS BAR versus 1/0 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-N650. As in the HEOS BAR, so in the HW-N650 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. The connectivity of each of the models was estimated at 7/10. Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. The soundbars in this review are equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration can become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the HEOS BAR or HW-N650. 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 HEOS BAR was rated 4/10, while the HW-N650 received a mark of 2/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Samsung HW-N650 over Denon HEOS BAR

  • Google Play Music compatible

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Denon HEOS BAR
7
Samsung HW-N650
6.6
10
8
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Common

Product

Denon HEOS BAR
Samsung HW-N650

Model

HEOS BAR
HW-N650

Brand

Denon
Samsung

Reviews

20
67

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

volume down, volume up, sound off
volume down, volume up, input, power

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

360 (overall)

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

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Deezer, TIDAL, Napster, SiriusXM, iHeart
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

4/1
1/0

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)

1/0
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

109.8 x 7.1 x 14.7/43.3 x 2.8 x 5.8
109.2 x 5 x 7.6/43.3 x 2.3 x 3.9

Weight, kg/pounds

4.8/10.5
3.1/7.9
Denon HEOS BAR
Samsung HW-N650
Denon HEOS BAR
Samsung HW-N650

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7
  • 6.6
  • 7Denon HEOS BAR
  • 6.6Samsung HW-N650

The Denon HEOS BAR is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Denon HEOS BAR price