Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 vs Samsung HW-N950 review

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Rating 5 5

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 vs Samsung HW-N950 comparison chart

Overall
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
7.8
Samsung HW-N950
8.6
4
10

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 vs Samsung HW-N950 review

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
vs
Samsung HW-N950

An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 vs Samsung HW-N950 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, Shockwafe Pro 7.1 has a total rating of 7.8 out of 10 versus 8.6 for HW-N950. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, source, demo, volume down, volume up 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 different and equal to 600 (overall) W for the Shockwafe Pro 7.1 versus 512 (overall) W for the HW-N950. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 got our rating of 8 out of 10, and the Samsung HW-N950 9 for its audio features and specs. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.

Connectivity

Only the Samsung HW-N950 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 has 3/1 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 Shockwafe Pro 7.1 received a rating of 8/10 versus 7/10, respectively. 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.

Multichannel surround

Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. The surround sound technology DTS:X is supported by devices under review. For multichannel surround Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 got a rating of 10, and Samsung HW-N950 7 out of 10.

Advantages Samsung HW-N950 over Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1

  • WI-FI enabled
  • App control
  • Microphone
  • Multi-room support
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Common

Product

Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
Samsung HW-N950

Model

Shockwafe Pro 7.1
HW-N950

Brand

Nakamichi
Samsung

Reviews

2241
106

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, source, demo, volume down, volume up
power, input, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

7.1.4
7.1.4

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

600 (overall)
512 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

2
2

Separate speaker connections

wired
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, SoundCloud
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

3/1
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

1/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital, Dolby TruHD
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS Digital Surround, DTS HD
has not

User manual

Manual

N/A

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

114.3 x 7.6 x 7.6/45.5 x 3 x 3.5
122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/7.2
8.8/19.4

Other

Release year

2017
2018
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
Samsung HW-N950
Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
Samsung HW-N950

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  • 7.8Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1
  • 8.6Samsung HW-N950