Sony HT-X8500 vs Samsung HW-N950 review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Sony HT-X8500 vs Samsung HW-N950 comparison chart

Overall
Sony HT-X8500
6
Samsung HW-N950
8.6
4
10

Sony HT-X8500 vs Samsung HW-N950 review

Sony HT-X8500
vs
Samsung HW-N950

An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so Sony HT-X8500 vs Samsung HW-N950 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, HT-X8500 has a total rating of 6 out of 10 versus 8.6 for HW-N950. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input, Bluetooth 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-X8500 has 2.1 versus 7.1.4 for the Samsung HW-N950. Only the Sony HT-X8500 has a built-in subwoofer. The Sony HT-X8500 got our rating of 6 out of 10, and the Samsung HW-N950 9 for its audio features and specs. Spotify support is available on the HW-N950.

Connectivity

Only the Samsung HW-N950 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Sony HT-X8500 has 1/1 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-X8500 received a rating of 8/10 versus 7/10, respectively. App control is available for the HW-N950. A built-in microphone is present only on the HW-N950. Multi-room is only available for the Samsung HW-N950.

Multichannel surround

Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. The surround sound technology DTS:X is supported by devices under review. For multichannel surround Sony HT-X8500 got a rating of 10, and Samsung HW-N950 7 out of 10.

Advantages Sony HT-X8500 over Samsung HW-N950

  • Built-in subwoofer

Advantages Samsung HW-N950 over Sony HT-X8500

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • App control
  • Microphone
  • Multi-room support
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Common

Product

Sony HT-X8500
Samsung HW-N950

Model

HT-X8500
HW-N950

Brand

Sony
Samsung

Reviews

171
106

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
power, input, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
7.1.4

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

512 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
2

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

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

1/1
2/0

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

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
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 (other)

Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS HD, DTS ES, DTS 96/24
has not

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

89 x 6.4 x 9.9/35.1 x 2.6 x 3.8
122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/6.1
8.8/19.4

Other

Release year

2020
2018
Sony HT-X8500
Samsung HW-N950
Sony HT-X8500
Samsung HW-N950

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

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  • worse
  • 6
  • 8.6
  • 6Sony HT-X8500
  • 8.6Samsung HW-N950