I had a chance to test and compare two models: Samsung HW-N850 vs LG SK1 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Samsung HW-N850 was rated 8.6, while the LG SK1 has a rating 4.5.
Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that HW-N850 has 5.1.2 and SK1 has 2.0. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 372 (overall) versus 40 according to devices. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. Rate 7 out of 10 received the Samsung HW-N850 for audio features and specs, but the LG SK1 received 5 out of 10. The HW-N850 can play audio from Spotify.
Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the HW-N850. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the HW-N850. Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the HW-N850 at 7 out of 10, while the SK1 was rated 6/10. The manufacturer of the HW-N850 provides a device control application. The Samsung HW-N850 equipped with a microphone. The Samsung HW-N850 may become part of a multiroom system.
Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the HW-N850. The HW-N850 can work with surround sound due to DTS:X support. The HW-N850 was rated 9/10, while the SK1 received a mark of 4/10 for multichannel surround.