Sonos Arc vs Samsung HW-N950 review

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Sonos Arc vs Samsung HW-N950 comparison chart

Sonos Arc vs Samsung HW-N950 review

Sonos Arc
vs
Samsung HW-N950

An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so Sonos Arc vs Samsung HW-N950 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, Arc has a total rating of 7 out of 10 versus 8.6 for HW-N950. The competitors' control buttons are different: volume down, volume up, play/pause, microphone and power, input, volume down, volume up, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Sonos Arc got our rating of 5 out of 10, and the Samsung HW-N950 9 for its audio features and specs.

Streaming services

The Sonos Arc has support AirPlay 2, and its competitor in our comparison has AirPlay. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.

Connectivity

These models have the ability to connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Sonos Arc has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 2/0 of the Samsung HW-N950. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. For connectivity, each of the soundbars received a rating of 7/10.

Features

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-N950.

Multichannel surround

Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HW-N950. For multichannel surround Sonos Arc got a rating of 4, and Samsung HW-N950 7 out of 10.

Advantages Samsung HW-N950 over Sonos Arc

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Multi-room support
  • Compatible with DTS:X
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Common

Product

Sonos Arc
Samsung HW-N950

Model

Arc
HW-N950

Brand

Sonos
Samsung

Reviews

368
106

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

volume down, volume up, play/pause, microphone
power, input, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

7.1.4

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

512 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
2

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2
AirPlay

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, iHeart, Chromecast
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
2/0

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

0/0
1/0

USB

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

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
has not

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

114 x 7.6 x 10.1/45 x 3.4 x 4.5
122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3

Weight, kg/pounds

6.2/13.7
8.8/19.4

Other

Release year

2020
2018
Sonos Arc
Samsung HW-N950
Sonos Arc
Samsung HW-N950

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7
  • 8.6
  • 7Sonos Arc
  • 8.6Samsung HW-N950