Samsung HW-N950 vs Samsung HW-N650 review

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Rating 5 5
Samsung HW-N950
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Samsung HW-N650

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Samsung HW-N950 vs Samsung HW-N650. The Samsung HW-N950 was rated 8.2, while the Samsung HW-N650 has a rating 6.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, input, volume down, volume up for the HW-N950 and volume down, volume up, input, power for the HW-N650.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that HW-N950 has 7.1.4 and HW-N650 has 5.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 512 (overall) versus 360 (overall) according to devices. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer can be connected to any of the units in this comparison. Rate 8 out of 10 received the Samsung HW-N950 for audio features and specs, but the Samsung HW-N650 received 7 out of 10.

Streaming services

AirPlay supported by both soundbars. Both the HW-N950 and the HW-N650 have Google Play Music on board. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify. Audio streaming from Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast is in each of the presented soundbars.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the HW-N950. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 2/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Samsung HW-N950 versus 1/0 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-N650. As in the HW-N950, so in the HW-N650 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. The connectivity of each of the models was estimated at 7/10. Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. The soundbars in this review are equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration can become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the HW-N950. The HW-N950 can work with surround sound due to DTS:X support. DTS Virtual:X technology not supported by any of the soundbars in this review. The HW-N950 was rated 7/10, while the HW-N650 received a mark of 2/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Samsung HW-N950 over Samsung HW-N650

  • WI-FI enabled
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Samsung HW-N950
8.2
Samsung HW-N650
6.6
10
8
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Common

Product

Samsung HW-N950
Samsung HW-N650

Model

HW-N950
HW-N650

Brand

Samsung
Samsung

Reviews

103
67

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
volume down, volume up, input, power

Audio features

Built-in channels

7.1.4
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

512 (overall)
360 (overall)

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
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

2/0
1/0

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)

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
109.2 x 5 x 7.6/43.3 x 2.3 x 3.9

Weight, kg/pounds

8.8/19.4
3.1/7.9
Samsung HW-N950
Samsung HW-N650
Samsung HW-N950
Samsung HW-N650

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8.2
  • 6.6
  • 8.2Samsung HW-N950
  • 6.6Samsung HW-N650

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