Polk Audio SIGNA S2 vs Samsung HW-N950 review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Polk Audio SIGNA S2 vs Samsung HW-N950 comparison chart

Overall
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
5
Samsung HW-N950
8.6
4
10

Polk Audio SIGNA S2 vs Samsung HW-N950 review

Polk Audio SIGNA S2
vs
Samsung HW-N950

An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so Polk Audio SIGNA S2 vs Samsung HW-N950 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, SIGNA S2 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 Polk Audio SIGNA S2 has 2.1 versus 7.1.4 for the Samsung HW-N950. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Polk Audio SIGNA S2 got our rating of 6 out of 10, and the Samsung HW-N950 9 for its audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Each of rivals supports AirPlay. 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 Polk Audio SIGNA S2 has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 2/0 of the Samsung HW-N950. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. For connectivity, the SIGNA S2 received a rating of 6/10 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

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 Polk Audio SIGNA S2 got a rating of 4, and Samsung HW-N950 7 out of 10.

Advantages Samsung HW-N950 over Polk Audio SIGNA S2

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

Product

Polk Audio SIGNA S2
Samsung HW-N950

Model

SIGNA S2
HW-N950

Brand

Polk Audio
Samsung

Reviews

6669
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

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

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

1/0
2/0

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

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

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
has not

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

89.9 x 5.4 x 8.1/35.4 x 2.1 x 3.2
122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3

Weight, kg/pounds

8.8/19.4

Other

Release year

2018
2018
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
Samsung HW-N950
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
Samsung HW-N950

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