Samsung HW-N950 vs VIZIO SB4451-C0 review

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Samsung HW-N950
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VIZIO SB4451-C0

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Samsung HW-N950 vs VIZIO SB4451-C0. The Samsung HW-N950 was rated 8.2, while the VIZIO SB4451-C0 has a rating 6.4. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, input, volume down, volume up for the HW-N950 and power, input, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up for the SB4451-C0.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that HW-N950 has 7.1.4 and SB4451-C0 has 5.1. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer can be connected to any of the units in this comparison. Audio features and specs of considered models we rated 8 out of 10 in our ranking.

Streaming services

AirPlay supported by both soundbars. Both the HW-N950 and the SB4451-C0 have Google Play Music on board. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 2/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Samsung HW-N950 versus 1/0 HDMIs in the VIZIO SB4451-C0. As in the HW-N950, so in the SB4451-C0 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the HW-N950 at 7 out of 10, while the SB4451-C0 was rated 8/10. Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. The Samsung HW-N950 equipped with a microphone. The Samsung HW-N950 may become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the HW-N950. The HW-N950 can work with surround sound due to DTS:X support. DTS Virtual:X technology not supported by any of the soundbars in this review. The HW-N950 was rated 7/10, while the SB4451-C0 received a mark of 2/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Samsung HW-N950 over VIZIO SB4451-C0

  • Microphone
  • Multi-room support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Samsung HW-N950
8.2
VIZIO SB4451-C0
6.4
10
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Common

Product

Samsung HW-N950
VIZIO SB4451-C0

Model

HW-N950
SB4451-C0

Brand

Samsung
VIZIO

Reviews

103
118

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, Bluetooth, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

7.1.4
5.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

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
AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast
VIZIO SmartCast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/0
1/0

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
1/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

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
111.7 x 7.6 x 7.6/44 x 3 x 3

Weight, kg/pounds

8.8/19.4
4.5/10.8
Samsung HW-N950
VIZIO SB4451-C0
Samsung HW-N950
VIZIO SB4451-C0

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8.2
  • 6.4
  • 8.2Samsung HW-N950
  • 6.4VIZIO SB4451-C0

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