It makes sense comparing Samsung HW-N950 vs Samsung HW-N850 because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, both soundbars have the same overall rating of 8.6. The set of control buttons for competitors is the same and is: power, input, volume down, volume up.
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 5.1.2 for the Samsung HW-N850. The output power is different and equal to 512 (overall) W for the HW-N950 versus 372 (overall) W for the HW-N850. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Samsung HW-N950 got our rating of 9 out of 10, and the Samsung HW-N850 7 for its audio features and specs.
Each of rivals supports AirPlay. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars. Both devices can play streaming audio from Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast.
These models have the ability to connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Each soundbar has 2/0 HDMI inputs/outputs. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, each of the soundbars received a rating of 7/10.
Both models support voice control using Amazon Alexa. App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present in each model. Multi-room is available to every soundbar.
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 Samsung HW-N950 got a rating of 7, and Samsung HW-N850 9 out of 10.