It makes sense comparing Yamaha SR-C20A vs Samsung HW-N850 because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, SR-C20A has a total rating of 5 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.
Both soundbars have active amplification type. The output power is different and equal to 100 (overall) W for the SR-C20A versus 372 (overall) W for the HW-N850. Only the Yamaha SR-C20A has a built-in subwoofer. The Yamaha SR-C20A 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 Yamaha SR-C20A 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.
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-C20A got a rating of 5, and Samsung HW-N850 9 out of 10.