It makes sense comparing Sony HT-X8500 vs Samsung HW-N850 because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, HT-X8500 has a total rating of 6 out of 10 versus 8.6 for HW-N850. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input, Bluetooth 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-X8500 has 2.1 versus 5.1.2 for the Samsung HW-N850. Only the Sony HT-X8500 has a built-in subwoofer. The Sony HT-X8500 got our rating of 6 out of 10, and the Samsung HW-N850 7 for its audio features and specs. Spotify support is available on the HW-N850.
Only the Samsung HW-N850 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Sony HT-X8500 has 1/1 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-X8500 received a rating of 8/10 versus 7/10, respectively. App control is available for the HW-N850. A built-in microphone is present only on the HW-N850. Multi-room is only available for the Samsung HW-N850.
Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. The surround sound technology DTS:X is supported by devices under review. For multichannel surround Sony HT-X8500 got a rating of 10, and Samsung HW-N850 9 out of 10.