Vizio V21-H8 vs Samsung HW-N950 review

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Rating 5 5

Vizio V21-H8 vs Samsung HW-N950 comparison chart

Overall
Vizio V21-H8
5.5
Samsung HW-N950
8.6
8
10

Vizio V21-H8 vs Samsung HW-N950 review

Vizio V21-H8
vs
Samsung HW-N950

An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so Vizio V21-H8 vs Samsung HW-N950 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, V21-H8 has a total rating of 5.5 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 V21-H8 has 2.1 versus 7.1.4 for the Samsung HW-N950. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. The V21-H8 has a wired and wireless connection to separate subwoofer, and the HW-N950 - wireless. The Vizio V21-H8 got our rating of 6 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 V21-H8 has 0/1 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 V21-H8 received a rating of 6/10 versus 7/10, respectively.

Features

App control is available in every soundbar. 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 V21-H8 got a rating of 5, and Samsung HW-N950 7 out of 10.

Advantages Samsung HW-N950 over Vizio V21-H8

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

Product

Vizio V21-H8
Samsung HW-N950

Model

V21-H8
HW-N950

Brand

Vizio
Samsung

Reviews

21
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

wired, wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wired, wireless
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

0/1
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

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

100 x 27.4 x 37.6/39 x 11 x 15
122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3

Weight, kg/pounds

2/5
8.8/19.4

Other

Release year

2020
2018
Vizio V21-H8
Samsung HW-N950
Vizio V21-H8
Samsung HW-N950

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  • 5.5
  • 8.6
  • 5.5Vizio V21-H8
  • 8.6Samsung HW-N950