Samsung HW-Q90R vs Bose Soundbar 500 review

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Samsung HW-Q90R
vs
Bose Soundbar 500

An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so Samsung HW-Q90R vs Bose Soundbar 500 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, HW-Q90R has a total rating of 7.2 out of 10 versus 7 for Soundbar 500. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, source and microphone, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Samsung HW-Q90R has 7.1.4 versus 3.0 for the Bose Soundbar 500. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Samsung HW-Q90R got our rating of 10 out of 10, and the Bose Soundbar 500 6 for its audio features and specs. Both models do not support Google Play Music. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.

Connectivity

These models have the ability to connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Samsung HW-Q90R has 2/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/0 of the Bose Soundbar 500. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the HW-Q90R received a rating of 7/10 versus 8/10, respectively.

Features

App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present in each model. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.

Multichannel surround

Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HW-Q90R. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support. For multichannel surround Samsung HW-Q90R got a rating of 7, and Bose Soundbar 500 4 out of 10.

Advantages Samsung HW-Q90R over Bose Soundbar 500

  • Compatible with DTS:X

Advantages Bose Soundbar 500 over Samsung HW-Q90R

  • Amazon Music compatible

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Samsung HW-Q90R
7.2
Bose Soundbar 500
7
8
8
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Common

Product

Samsung HW-Q90R
Bose Soundbar 500

Model

HW-Q90R
Soundbar 500

Brand

Samsung
Bose

Reviews

1393
287

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
microphone

Audio features

Built-in channels

7.1.4
3.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

512 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

2
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora,Tuneln, Deezer, iHeart, SiriusXM

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/1
1/0

HDMI ARC

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)

0/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Digital

Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3
80 x 4.3 x 10.1/31.5 x 1.7 x 4

Weight, kg/pounds

8.7/19.4
3.1/7
Samsung HW-Q90R
Bose Soundbar 500
Samsung HW-Q90R
Bose Soundbar 500

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.2
  • 7
  • 7.2Samsung HW-Q90R
  • 7Bose Soundbar 500

The Samsung HW-Q90R is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-Q90R price