Samsung HW-N950 vs LG SK1 review

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Samsung HW-N950 vs LG SK1 review

Samsung HW-N950
vs
LG SK1

I had a chance to test and compare two models: Samsung HW-N950 vs LG SK1 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Samsung HW-N950 was rated 8.6, while the LG SK1 has a rating 4.5.

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 SK1 has 2.0. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 512 (overall) versus 40 according to devices. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. Rate 9 out of 10 received the Samsung HW-N950 for audio features and specs, but the LG SK1 received 5 out of 10. The HW-N950 can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the HW-N950. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the HW-N950. Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the HW-N950 at 7 out of 10, while the SK1 was rated 6/10. The manufacturer of the HW-N950 provides a device control 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. The HW-N950 was rated 7/10, while the SK1 received a mark of 4/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Samsung HW-N950 over LG SK1

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • App control
  • Microphone
  • Multi-room support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X
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Common

Product

Samsung HW-N950
LG SK1

Model

HW-N950
SK1

Brand

Samsung
LG

Reviews

106
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
has not

Audio features

Built-in channels

7.1.4
2.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

512 (overall)
40

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/0
0/0

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)

0/0
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

122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3
71 x 12.7 x 17.7/28.5 x 5.4 x 7.9

Weight, kg/pounds

8.8/19.4
1.8/4.4

Other

Release year

2018
2018
Samsung HW-N950
LG SK1
Samsung HW-N950
LG SK1

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8.6
  • 4.5
  • 8.6Samsung HW-N950
  • 4.5LG SK1