Samsung HW-Q80R vs Samsung HW-N650 review

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Rating 5 5
Samsung HW-Q80R
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Samsung HW-N650

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Samsung HW-Q80R vs Samsung HW-N650. The Samsung HW-Q80R was rated 6.8, while the Samsung HW-N650 has a rating 6.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, source for the HW-Q80R 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 HW-Q80R has 5.1.2 and HW-N650 has 5.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 372 (overall) versus 360 (overall) according to devices. 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 8 out of 10 received the Samsung HW-Q80R 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

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the HW-Q80R. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 2/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Samsung HW-Q80R versus 1/0 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-N650. As in the HW-Q80R, 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 Samsung HW-N650 may become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the HW-Q80R. The HW-Q80R can work with surround sound due to DTS:X support. DTS Virtual:X technology not supported by any of the soundbars in this review. The HW-Q80R was rated 7/10, while the HW-N650 received a mark of 2/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Samsung HW-Q80R over Samsung HW-N650

  • WI-FI enabled
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Advantages Samsung HW-N650 over Samsung HW-Q80R

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Multi-room support

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Samsung HW-Q80R
6.8
Samsung HW-N650
6.6
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Common

Product

Samsung HW-Q80R
Samsung HW-N650

Model

HW-Q80R
HW-N650

Brand

Samsung
Samsung

Reviews

1393
67

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, volume down, volume up, source
volume down, volume up, input, power

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1.2
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

372 (overall)
360 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
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

2/1
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)

0/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa

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

122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3
109.2 x 5 x 7.6/43.3 x 2.3 x 3.9

Weight, kg/pounds

8.7/19.4
3.1/7.9
Samsung HW-Q80R
Samsung HW-N650
Samsung HW-Q80R
Samsung HW-N650

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 6.6
  • 6.8Samsung HW-Q80R
  • 6.6Samsung HW-N650

The Samsung HW-Q80R is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-Q80R price