It makes sense comparing Sonos Arc vs Samsung HW-N850 because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, Arc has a total rating of 7 out of 10 versus 8.6 for HW-N850. The competitors' control buttons are different: volume down, volume up, play/pause, microphone and power, input, volume down, volume up, respectively.
Both soundbars have active amplification type. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Sonos Arc got our rating of 5 out of 10, and the Samsung HW-N850 7 for its audio features and specs.
The Sonos Arc has support AirPlay 2, and its competitor in our comparison has AirPlay. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.
These models have the ability to connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Sonos Arc has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 2/0 of the Samsung HW-N850. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. For connectivity, each of the soundbars received a rating of 7/10.
App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present in each model. Multi-room is only available for the Samsung HW-N850.
Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HW-N850. For multichannel surround Sonos Arc got a rating of 4, and Samsung HW-N850 9 out of 10.