It makes sense comparing Samsung HW-Q80R vs Sony HT-G700 because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, HW-Q80R has a total rating of 8 out of 10 versus 6.2 for HT-G700. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, source and power, volume down, volume up, input, Bluetooth, respectively.
Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Samsung HW-Q80R has 5.1.2 versus 3.1 for the Sony HT-G700. The output power is different and equal to 372 (overall) W for the HW-Q80R versus 400 (overall) W for the HT-G700. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Samsung HW-Q80R got our rating of 8 out of 10, and the Sony HT-G700 7 for its audio features and specs.
Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Spotify support is available on the HW-Q80R.
Only the Samsung HW-Q80R can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Samsung HW-Q80R has 2/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/1 of the Sony HT-G700. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the HW-Q80R received a rating of 7/10 versus 8/10, respectively. App control is available for the HW-Q80R. A built-in microphone is present only on the HW-Q80R. Multi-room is only available for the Samsung HW-Q80R.
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, each of the opponents received 10 points out of 10.