l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Samsung HW-Q800T vs Samsung HW-S50A. The Samsung HW-Q800T was rated 8.2, while the Samsung HW-S50A has a rating 4.8. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, multi function, volume down, volume up, microphone for the HW-Q800T and power, source, demo, volume down, volume up for the HW-S50A.
Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that HW-Q800T has 3.1.2 and HW-S50A has 3.0. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 330 (overall) versus 40 (overall) according to devices. 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. Rate 7 out of 10 received the Samsung HW-Q800T for audio features and specs, but the Samsung HW-S50A received 6 out of 10.
Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. The HW-Q800T can play audio from Spotify.
Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the HW-Q800T. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Samsung HW-Q800T versus 0/1 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-S50A. As in the HW-Q800T, so in the HW-S50A there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). We rated the connectivity of the HW-Q800T at 9 out of 10, while the HW-S50A was rated 8/10. The manufacturer of the HW-Q800T provides a device control application. The Samsung HW-Q800T equipped with a microphone. The Samsung HW-Q800T may become part of a multiroom system.
Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the HW-Q800T. The HW-Q800T can work with surround sound due to DTS:X support. The HW-Q800T was rated 10/10, while the HW-S50A received a mark of 6/10 for multichannel surround.