Vizio M21d-H8 vs Samsung HW-N950 review

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Rating 5 5

Vizio M21d-H8 vs Samsung HW-N950 comparison chart

Overall
Vizio M21d-H8
5
Samsung HW-N950
8.6
6
10

Vizio M21d-H8 vs Samsung HW-N950 review

Vizio M21d-H8
vs
Samsung HW-N950

An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so Vizio M21d-H8 vs Samsung HW-N950 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, M21d-H8 has a total rating of 5 out of 10 versus 8.6 for HW-N950. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, source, Bluetooth and power, input, volume down, volume up, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Vizio M21d-H8 has 2.1 versus 7.1.4 for the Samsung HW-N950. Only the Vizio M21d-H8 has a built-in subwoofer. The Vizio M21d-H8 got our rating of 5 out of 10, and the Samsung HW-N950 9 for its audio features and specs. Spotify support is available on the HW-N950.

Connectivity

Only the Samsung HW-N950 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Vizio M21d-H8 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, the M21d-H8 received a rating of 6/10 versus 7/10, respectively.

Features

App control is available for the HW-N950. A built-in microphone is present in each model. Multi-room is only available for the Samsung HW-N950.

Multichannel surround

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 Vizio M21d-H8 got a rating of 5, and Samsung HW-N950 7 out of 10.

Advantages Vizio M21d-H8 over Samsung HW-N950

  • Built-in subwoofer

Advantages Samsung HW-N950 over Vizio M21d-H8

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • App control
  • Multi-room support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X
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Common

Product

Vizio M21d-H8
Samsung HW-N950

Model

M21d-H8
HW-N950

Brand

Vizio
Samsung

Reviews

4
106

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, Bluetooth
power, input, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
7.1.4

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

512 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
2

Separate speaker connections

has not
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
2/0

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

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)

1/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri
Amazon Alexa

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS Virtual:X
has not

User manual

Manual

N/A

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

98 x 11.4 x 18.8/39 x 5 x 7
122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3

Weight, kg/pounds

3/6
8.8/19.4

Other

Release year

2020
2018
Vizio M21d-H8
Samsung HW-N950
Vizio M21d-H8
Samsung HW-N950

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

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  • worse
  • 5
  • 8.6
  • 5Vizio M21d-H8
  • 8.6Samsung HW-N950