Sony HT-S350 vs Samsung HW-N850 review

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Rating 5 5
Sony HT-S350
vs
Samsung HW-N850

It makes sense comparing Sony HT-S350 vs Samsung HW-N850 because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, HT-S350 has a total rating of 5 out of 10 versus 7.2 for HW-N850. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, Bluetooth, TV and power, input, volume down, volume up, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Sony HT-S350 has 2.1 versus 5.1.2 for the Samsung HW-N850. The output power is different and equal to 85 W for the HT-S350 versus 372 (overall) W for the HW-N850. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. Both models received our 7 rating of 10 for their audio features and specs. Only the HW-N850 supports Google Play Music. Spotify support is available on the HW-N850.

Connectivity

Only the Samsung HW-N850 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Sony HT-S350 has 0/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 2/0 of the Samsung HW-N850. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. For connectivity, the HT-S350 received a rating of 5/10 versus 7/10, respectively. App control is available for the HW-N850. None of the models under consideration have a built-in microphone. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.

Multichannel surround

Only the HW-N850 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HW-N850. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support. For multichannel surround Sony HT-S350 got a rating of 4, and Samsung HW-N850 7 out of 10.

Advantages Samsung HW-N850 over Sony HT-S350

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • App control
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

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Common

Product

Sony HT-S350
Samsung HW-N850

Model

HT-S350
HW-N850

Brand

Sony
Samsung

Reviews

1299
33

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, Bluetooth, TV
power, input, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
5.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

85
372 (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

0/1
2/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
0/0

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

90 x 6.4 x 8.8/35.5 x 2.6 x 3.5
121.9 x 7.6 x 12.7/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.4

Weight, kg/pounds

2.4/5.4
8.1/18.7
Sony HT-S350
Samsung HW-N850
Sony HT-S350
Samsung HW-N850

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5
  • 7.2
  • 5Sony HT-S350
  • 7.2Samsung HW-N850

The Samsung HW-N850 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-N850 price