LG SL5Y vs Samsung HW-N650 review

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Rating 5 5
LG SL5Y
vs
Samsung HW-N650

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – LG SL5Y vs Samsung HW-N650. The LG SL5Y was rated 4.5, 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, function for the SL5Y 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 SL5Y has 2.1 and HW-N650 has 5.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 90 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 LG SL5Y 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. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the LG SL5Y versus 1/0 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-N650. As in the SL5Y, so in the HW-N650 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the SL5Y at 6 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 SL5Y or HW-N650. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The SL5Y has a modern feature such as DTS Virtual:X. The SL5Y was rated 4/10, while the HW-N650 received a mark of 2/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Samsung HW-N650 over LG SL5Y

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • App control
  • Microphone
  • Multi-room support

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Common

Product

LG SL5Y
Samsung HW-N650

Model

SL5Y
HW-N650

Brand

LG
Samsung

Reviews

192
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, function
volume down, volume up, input, power

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

90
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

1/1
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

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

89 x 5.5 x 8.6/35. x 2.2 x 3.4
109.2 x 5 x 7.6/43.3 x 2.3 x 3.9

Weight, kg/pounds

2.3/5.2
3.1/7.9
LG SL5Y
Samsung HW-N650
LG SL5Y
Samsung HW-N650

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4.5
  • 6.6
  • 4.5LG SL5Y
  • 6.6Samsung HW-N650

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