Samsung HW-Q80R vs Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Samsung HW-Q80R vs Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 comparison chart

Overall
Samsung HW-Q80R
8
Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
8.2
10
4

Samsung HW-Q80R vs Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 review

Samsung HW-Q80R
vs
Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Samsung HW-Q80R vs Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, HW-Q80R has a total rating of 8 out of 10 versus 8.2 for Shockwafe Ultra 9.2. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, source and power, source, demo, 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 Samsung HW-Q80R has 5.1.2 versus 9.2.4 for the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2. The output power is different and equal to 372 (overall) W for the HW-Q80R versus 1000 (overall) W for the Shockwafe Ultra 9.2. 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 Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 10 for its audio features and specs.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.

Connectivity

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 3/1 of the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2. 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.

Multichannel surround

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.

Advantages Samsung HW-Q80R over Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2

  • WI-FI enabled
  • App control
  • Microphone
  • Multi-room support

Advantages Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 over Samsung HW-Q80R

  • Amazon Music compatible
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Common

Product

Samsung HW-Q80R
Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2

Model

HW-Q80R
Shockwafe Ultra 9.2

Brand

Samsung
Nakamichi

Reviews

1601
1993

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
power, source, demo, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1.2
9.2.4

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

372 (overall)
1000 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
4

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wired

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora, SoundCloud

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/1
3/1

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
1/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
1/0

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, Dolby Digital, Dolby TruHD

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS Digital Surround
DTS Digital Surround, DTS HD

User manual

Manual

N/A

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3
114.3 x 7.6 x 7.6/45.5 x 3 x 3.5

Weight, kg/pounds

8.7/19.4
3.1/7.2

Other

Release year

2019
2018
Samsung HW-Q80R
Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2
Samsung HW-Q80R
Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8
  • 8.2
  • 8Samsung HW-Q80R
  • 8.2Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2

The Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 price