Samsung HW-Q90R vs Samsung HW-N950 review

Votes 14 14
Rating 3.9 3.9
Samsung HW-Q90R
vs
Samsung HW-N950

An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so Samsung HW-Q90R vs Samsung HW-N950 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, HW-Q90R has a total rating of 7.2 out of 10 versus 8.2 for HW-N950. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, source and power, input, volume down, volume up, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. Soundbars have the same number of channels on 7.1.4. The output power is identical and equal to 512 (overall) W. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Samsung HW-Q90R got our rating of 10 out of 10, and the Samsung HW-N950 8 for its audio features and specs. Only the HW-N950 supports Google Play Music. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.

Connectivity

These models have the ability to connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Samsung HW-Q90R has 2/1 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, 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 in each model. 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-Q90R

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Multi-room support

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Samsung HW-Q90R
7.2
Samsung HW-N950
8.2
8
10
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Common

Product

Samsung HW-Q90R
Samsung HW-N950

Model

HW-Q90R
HW-N950

Brand

Samsung
Samsung

Reviews

1497
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, source
power, input, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

7.1.4
7.1.4

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

512 (overall)
512 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

2
2

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

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/1
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
122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3

Weight, kg/pounds

8.7/19.4
8.8/19.4
Samsung HW-Q90R
Samsung HW-N950
Samsung HW-Q90R
Samsung HW-N950

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.2
  • 8.2
  • 7.2Samsung HW-Q90R
  • 8.2Samsung HW-N950

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