LG SL5Y vs Samsung HW-N650 review

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LG SL5Y vs Samsung HW-N650 comparison chart

LG SL5Y vs Samsung HW-N650 review

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 5, while the Samsung HW-N650 has a rating 7.6. 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, 400 (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. Audio features and specs of considered models we rated 7 out of 10 in our ranking. 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. The connectivity of each of the models was estimated at 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 same score of 6/10 was put to the soundbars for multichannel surround support.

Advantages Samsung HW-N650 over LG SL5Y

  • 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

379
73

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

400 (overall)
360 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

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

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

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 (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS Virtual:X
DTS Virtual:X, DTS TruSurround

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

Other

Release year

2019
2018
LG SL5Y
Samsung HW-N650
LG SL5Y
Samsung HW-N650

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5
  • 7.6
  • 5LG SL5Y
  • 7.6Samsung HW-N650