Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 vs Samsung HW-N850 review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 vs Samsung HW-N850 comparison chart

Overall
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
7.8
Samsung HW-N850
8.6
4
10

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 vs Samsung HW-N850 review

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
vs
Samsung HW-N850

It makes sense comparing Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 vs Samsung HW-N850 because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, Shockwafe Pro 7.1 has a total rating of 7.8 out of 10 versus 8.6 for HW-N850. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, source, demo, volume down, volume up 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 Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 has 7.1.4 versus 5.1.2 for the Samsung HW-N850. The output power is different and equal to 600 (overall) W for the Shockwafe Pro 7.1 versus 372 (overall) W for the HW-N850. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 got our rating of 8 out of 10, and the Samsung HW-N850 7 for its audio features and specs. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.

Connectivity

Only the Samsung HW-N850 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 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 Shockwafe Pro 7.1 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.

Multichannel surround

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 Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 got a rating of 10, and Samsung HW-N850 9 out of 10.

Advantages Samsung HW-N850 over Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1

  • WI-FI enabled
  • App control
  • Microphone
  • Multi-room support
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Common

Product

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
Samsung HW-N850

Model

Shockwafe Pro 7.1
HW-N850

Brand

Nakamichi
Samsung

Reviews

2241
34

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, source, demo, volume down, volume up
power, input, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

7.1.4
5.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

600 (overall)
372 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wired
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, SoundCloud
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

3/1
2/0

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

1/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
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 (other)

Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital, Dolby TruHD
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS Digital Surround, DTS HD
has not

User manual

Manual

N/A

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

114.3 x 7.6 x 7.6/45.5 x 3 x 3.5
121.9 x 7.6 x 12.7/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.4

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/7.2
8.1/18.7

Other

Release year

2017
2018
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
Samsung HW-N850
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
Samsung HW-N850

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  • 7.8
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  • 7.8Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
  • 8.6Samsung HW-N850