Samsung HW-N950 vs Samsung HW-N850 review

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Rating 5 5
Samsung HW-N950
vs
Samsung HW-N850

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, HW-N950 has a total rating of 8.2 out of 10 versus 7.2 for HW-N850. The set of control buttons for competitors is the same and is: power, input, volume down, volume up.

Audio features

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 8 out of 10, and the Samsung HW-N850 7 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. 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.

Features

Both models support voice control using Amazon Alexa. 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

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 Samsung HW-N850

  • Microphone
  • Multi-room support

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Samsung HW-N950
8.2
Samsung HW-N850
7.2
10
6
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Common

Product

Samsung HW-N950
Samsung HW-N850

Model

HW-N950
HW-N850

Brand

Samsung
Samsung

Reviews

103
33

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
power, input, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

7.1.4
5.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

512 (overall)
372 (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
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)

0/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa
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
121.9 x 7.6 x 12.7/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.4

Weight, kg/pounds

8.8/19.4
8.1/18.7
Samsung HW-N950
Samsung HW-N850
Samsung HW-N950
Samsung HW-N850

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8.2
  • 7.2
  • 8.2Samsung HW-N950
  • 7.2Samsung HW-N850

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