Yamaha SR-B20A vs Samsung HW-N850 review

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Rating 5 5

Yamaha SR-B20A vs Samsung HW-N850 comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha SR-B20A
5.4
Samsung HW-N850
8.6
6
10

Yamaha SR-B20A vs Samsung HW-N850 review

Yamaha SR-B20A
vs
Samsung HW-N850

It makes sense comparing Yamaha SR-B20A vs Samsung HW-N850 because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, SR-B20A has a total rating of 5.4 out of 10 versus 8.6 for HW-N850. The competitors' control buttons are different: volume down, volume up, power, source and power, input, volume down, volume up, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. The output power is different and equal to 120 (overall) W for the SR-B20A versus 372 (overall) W for the HW-N850. Only the Yamaha SR-B20A has a built-in subwoofer. The SR-B20A has a wired connection to separate subwoofer, and the HW-N850 - wireless. The Yamaha SR-B20A 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.

Connectivity

Only the Samsung HW-N850 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Yamaha SR-B20A has 0/1 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, each of the soundbars received a rating of 7/10. App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present only on the HW-N850. Multi-room is only available for the Samsung HW-N850.

Multichannel surround

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 Yamaha SR-B20A got a rating of 6, and Samsung HW-N850 9 out of 10.

Advantages Yamaha SR-B20A over Samsung HW-N850

  • Built-in subwoofer

Advantages Samsung HW-N850 over Yamaha SR-B20A

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • Microphone
  • Multi-room support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X
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Common

Product

Yamaha SR-B20A
Samsung HW-N850

Model

SR-B20A
HW-N850

Brand

Yamaha
Samsung

Reviews

34
34

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

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

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

120 (overall)
372 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

has not
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wired
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/1
2/0

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

2/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

1
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS Digital Surround, DTS Virtual:X
has not

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

94 x 12.7 x 17.7/37.5 x 5.3 x 7.3
121.9 x 7.6 x 12.7/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.4

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/7.1
8.1/18.7

Other

Release year

2020
2018
Yamaha SR-B20A
Samsung HW-N850
Yamaha SR-B20A
Samsung HW-N850

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

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  • worse
  • 5.4
  • 8.6
  • 5.4Yamaha SR-B20A
  • 8.6Samsung HW-N850