Sony HT-ST5000 vs Samsung HW-N950 review

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Sony HT-ST5000
vs
Samsung HW-N950

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

Audio features

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

Advantages Samsung HW-N950 over Sony HT-ST5000

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Microphone

Soundbars comparison chart

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

Product

Sony HT-ST5000
Samsung HW-N950

Model

HT-ST5000
HW-N950

Brand

Sony
Samsung

Reviews

164
103

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

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

Audio features

Built-in channels

7.1.2
7.1.4

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

140
512 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
2

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

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

3/1
2/0

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)

1/0
0/0

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

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

Weight, kg/pounds

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

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

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

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