It makes sense comparing Bose Soundbar 500 vs Samsung HW-N850 because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, Soundbar 500 has a total rating of 7.4 out of 10 versus 8.6 for HW-N850. The competitors' control buttons are different: microphone 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 Bose Soundbar 500 has 3.0 versus 5.1.2 for the Samsung HW-N850. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Bose Soundbar 500 got our rating of 6 out of 10, and the Samsung HW-N850 7 for its audio features and specs.
The Bose Soundbar 500 has support AirPlay 2, and its competitor in our comparison has AirPlay. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.
These models have the ability to connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Bose Soundbar 500 has 1/0 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 Soundbar 500 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.
Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HW-N850. For multichannel surround Bose Soundbar 500 got a rating of 4, and Samsung HW-N850 9 out of 10.