l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – LG SN5Y vs Samsung HW-N650. The LG SN5Y was rated 6, 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 SN5Y and volume down, volume up, input, power for the HW-N650.
Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that SN5Y 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. Rate 6 out of 10 received the LG SN5Y for audio features and specs, but the Samsung HW-N650 received 7 out of 10. The HW-N650 can play audio from Spotify.
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 SN5Y versus 1/0 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-N650. As in the SN5Y, 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 SN5Y at 8 out of 10, while the HW-N650 was rated 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.
Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the SN5Y or HW-N650. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The SN5Y was rated 5/10, while the HW-N650 received a mark of 6/10 for multichannel surround.