If you have already decided that you want to buy a new soundbar, but still don’t know what exactly you want, the Samsung HW-Q80R vs LG SN5Y comparison is here to offer you two decent solutions. The Samsung HW-Q80R was rated 8, while the LG SN5Y has a rating 6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, source for the HW-Q80R and power, volume down, volume up, function for the SN5Y.
Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that HW-Q80R has 5.1.2 and SN5Y has 2.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 372 (overall) versus 400 (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 8 out of 10 received the Samsung HW-Q80R for audio features and specs, but the LG SN5Y received 6 out of 10.
Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. The HW-Q80R can play audio from Spotify.
Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the HW-Q80R. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 2/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Samsung HW-Q80R versus 1/1 HDMIs in the LG SN5Y. As in the HW-Q80R, so in the SN5Y there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the HW-Q80R at 7 out of 10, while the SN5Y was rated 8/10.
Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. The soundbars in this review are equipped with a microphone. The Samsung HW-Q80R may become part of a multiroom system.
Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the HW-Q80R. The HW-Q80R can work with surround sound due to DTS:X support. The HW-Q80R was rated 10/10, while the SN5Y received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.