It makes sense comparing Samsung HW-R650 vs Samsung HW-N850 because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, HW-R650 has a total rating of 5.2 out of 10 versus 8.6 for HW-N850. The competitors' control buttons are different: volume down, volume up, power, source 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 Samsung HW-R650 has 3.1 versus 5.1.2 for the Samsung HW-N850. The output power is different and equal to 340 (overall) W for the HW-R650 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. 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 Samsung HW-R650 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, each of the soundbars received a rating of 7/10. 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.
Only the HW-N850 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HW-N850. For multichannel surround Samsung HW-R650 got a rating of 5, and Samsung HW-N850 9 out of 10.