It makes sense comparing LG SN5Y vs Samsung HW-N850 because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, SN5Y 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, 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 SN5Y has 2.1 versus 5.1.2 for the Samsung HW-N850. The output power is different and equal to 400 (overall) W for the SN5Y 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 SN5Y 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 LG SN5Y 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 SN5Y received a rating of 8/10 versus 7/10, respectively.
App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present in each model. 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 LG SN5Y got a rating of 5, and Samsung HW-N850 9 out of 10.