It makes sense comparing LG SL5Y vs Samsung HW-N850 because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, SL5Y has a total rating of 4.5 out of 10 versus 7.2 for HW-N850. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, function 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 LG SL5Y has 2.1 versus 5.1.2 for the Samsung HW-N850. The output power is different and equal to 90 W for the SL5Y versus 372 (overall) W for the HW-N850. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The LG SL5Y got our rating of 8 out of 10, and the Samsung HW-N850 7 for its audio features and specs. Only the HW-N850 supports Google Play Music. 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 LG SL5Y 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 SL5Y received a rating of 6/10 versus 7/10, respectively. App control is available for the HW-N850. None of the models under consideration have a built-in microphone. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.
Only the HW-N850 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HW-N850. The SL5Y supports DTS Virtual:X. For multichannel surround LG SL5Y got a rating of 4, and Samsung HW-N850 7 out of 10.
The Samsung HW-N850 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-N850 price