KEF HTF7003 vs Samsung HW-N650 review

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Rating 5 5
KEF HTF7003
vs
Samsung HW-N650

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – KEF HTF7003 vs Samsung HW-N650. The KEF HTF7003 was rated 5, while the Samsung HW-N650 has a rating 6.6.

Audio features

Soundbars have different amplification type - passive versus active respectively to devices. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that HTF7003 has 3.0 and HW-N650 has 5.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 100 versus 360 (overall) according to devices. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. Rate 6 out of 10 received the KEF HTF7003 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. The HW-N650 can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models do not have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Bluetooth support integrated in the HW-N650. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the HW-N650. We rated the connectivity of the HTF7003 at 4 out of 10, while the HW-N650 was rated 7/10.

Features

The manufacturer of the HW-N650 provides a device control application. The Samsung HW-N650 equipped with a microphone. The Samsung HW-N650 may become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the HTF7003 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.

Advantages Samsung HW-N650 over KEF HTF7003

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • App control
  • Microphone
  • Multi-room support

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
KEF HTF7003
5
Samsung HW-N650
6.6
inapplicable
9
inapplicable
8
inapplicable
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Common

Product

KEF HTF7003
Samsung HW-N650

Model

HTF7003
HW-N650

Brand

KEF
Samsung

Reviews

15
67

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

has not
volume down, volume up, input, power

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
5.1

Amplification type

passive
active

Output power, W

100
360 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wired
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

has not
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
1/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

0/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

3/0
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

78.5 x 8.1 x 6.1/30.9 x 3.1 x 2.4
109.2 x 5 x 7.6/43.3 x 2.3 x 3.9

Weight, kg/pounds

2.1/4.6
3.1/7.9
KEF HTF7003
Samsung HW-N650
KEF HTF7003
Samsung HW-N650

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5
  • 6.6
  • 5KEF HTF7003
  • 6.6Samsung HW-N650

The Samsung HW-N650 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-N650 price