An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so Samsung HW-R550 vs Samsung HW-N950 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, HW-R550 has a total rating of 5 out of 10 versus 8.6 for HW-N950. The competitors' control buttons are different: volume down, volume up, power, source and power, input, volume down, volume up, respectively.
Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Samsung HW-R550 has 2.1 versus 7.1.4 for the Samsung HW-N950. The output power is different and equal to 320 (overall) W for the HW-R550 versus 512 (overall) W for the HW-N950. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Samsung HW-R550 got our rating of 7 out of 10, and the Samsung HW-N950 9 for its audio features and specs. Spotify support is available on the HW-N950.
Only the Samsung HW-N950 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Samsung HW-R550 has 1/1 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. App control is available for the HW-N950. A built-in microphone is present only on the HW-N950. Multi-room is only available for the Samsung HW-N950.
Only the HW-N950 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HW-N950. For multichannel surround Samsung HW-R550 got a rating of 4, and Samsung HW-N950 7 out of 10.