It makes sense comparing Sony HT-ST5000 vs Samsung HW-N850 because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, HT-ST5000 has a total rating of 7.8 out of 10 versus 7.2 for HW-N850. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input Bluetooth, music service and power, input, volume down, volume up, respectively.
Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Sony HT-ST5000 has 7.1.2 versus 5.1.2 for the Samsung HW-N850. The output power is different and equal to 140 W for the HT-ST5000 versus 372 (overall) W for the HW-N850. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Sony HT-ST5000 got our rating of 9 out of 10, and the Samsung HW-N850 7 for its audio features and specs. Only the HW-N850 supports Google Play Music. 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 Sony HT-ST5000 has 3/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 2/0 of the Samsung HW-N850. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the HT-ST5000 received a rating of 9/10 versus 7/10, respectively. App control is available in every soundbar. None of the models under consideration have a built-in microphone. Multi-room is only available for the Sony HT-ST5000.
Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. The surround sound technology DTS:X is supported by devices under review. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support. For multichannel surround, each of the opponents received 7 points out of 10.
The Sony HT-ST5000 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Sony HT-ST5000 price