Samsung HW-N950 vs Sony HT-ST5000 review

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Samsung HW-N950
vs
Sony HT-ST5000

Samsung HW-N950 vs Sony HT-ST5000 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, HW-N950 has a total rating of 8.2 out of 10 versus 7.8 for HT-ST5000. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, input, volume down, volume up and power, volume down, volume up, input Bluetooth, music service, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Samsung HW-N950 has 7.1.4 versus 7.1.2 for the Sony HT-ST5000. The output power is different and equal to 512 (overall) W for the HW-N950 versus 140 W for the HT-ST5000. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Samsung HW-N950 got our rating of 8 out of 10, and the Sony HT-ST5000 9 for its audio features and specs. Only the HW-N950 supports Google Play Music. 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 Samsung HW-N950 has 2/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 3/1 of the Sony HT-ST5000. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the HW-N950 received a rating of 7/10 versus 9/10, respectively. App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present only on the HW-N950. Multi-room is available to every soundbar.

Multichannel surround

Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. The surround sound technology DTS:X is supported by devices under review. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support. For multichannel surround, each of the opponents received 7 points out of 10.

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Samsung HW-N950
8.2
Sony HT-ST5000
7.8
10
7
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Common

Product

Samsung HW-N950
Sony HT-ST5000

Model

HW-N950
HT-ST5000

Brand

Samsung
Sony

Reviews

98
139

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, input, volume down, volume up
power, volume down, volume up, input Bluetooth, music service

Audio features

Built-in channels

7.1.4
7.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

512 (overall)
140

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, TIDAL, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuz, Chromecast, iHeart

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/0
3/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
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
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Digital

Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3
117.8 x 7.8 x 14.4/46.4 x 3.1 x 5.7

Weight, kg/pounds

8.8/19.4
8.1/18
Samsung HW-N950
Sony HT-ST5000
Samsung HW-N950
Sony HT-ST5000

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8.2
  • 7.8
  • 8.2Samsung HW-N950
  • 7.8Sony HT-ST5000

The Samsung HW-N950 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-N950 price