Samsung HW-J355 vs Samsung HW-N950 review

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Samsung HW-J355
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Samsung HW-N950

An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so Samsung HW-J355 vs Samsung HW-N950 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, HW-J355 has a total rating of 5.8 out of 10 versus 8.2 for HW-N950. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, input 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 Samsung HW-J355 has 2.1 versus 7.1.4 for the Samsung HW-N950. The output power is different and equal to 60 W for the HW-J355 versus 512 (overall) W for the HW-N950. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. The HW-J355 has a wired and wireless connection to separate subwoofer, and the HW-N950 - wireless. The Samsung HW-J355 got our rating of 7 out of 10, and the Samsung HW-N950 8 for its audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Each of rivals supports AirPlay. Both models support Google Play Music. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars. Both devices can play streaming audio from Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast.

Connectivity

These models have the ability to connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Only the HW-N950 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the HW-J355 received a rating of 6/10 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 only available for the Samsung HW-N950.

Multichannel surround

Only the HW-N950 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HW-N950. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support. For multichannel surround Samsung HW-J355 got a rating of 2, and Samsung HW-N950 7 out of 10.

Advantages Samsung HW-N950 over Samsung HW-J355

  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • Microphone
  • Multi-room support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Samsung HW-J355
5.8
Samsung HW-N950
8.2
5
10
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Common

Product

Samsung HW-J355
Samsung HW-N950

Model

HW-J355
HW-N950

Brand

Samsung
Samsung

Reviews

1070
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
power, input, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
7.1.4

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

60
512 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
2

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wired, wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay
AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

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

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
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

94 x 5.1 x 5.1/37.1 x 2.3 x 2.6
122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3

Weight, kg/pounds

1.3/3.5
8.8/19.4
Samsung HW-J355
Samsung HW-N950
Samsung HW-J355
Samsung HW-N950

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.8
  • 8.2
  • 5.8Samsung HW-J355
  • 8.2Samsung HW-N950

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