The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Samsung HW-S40T vs Polk Audio Command Bar that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, HW-S40T has a total rating of 5 out of 10 versus 6.6 for Command Bar. The competitors' control buttons are different: volume down, volume up, power, source and volume down, volume up, microphone, action, respectively.
Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Samsung HW-S40T has 2.0 versus 2.1 for the Polk Audio Command Bar. The output power is different and equal to 100 W for the HW-S40T versus 160 (overall) W for the Command Bar. Only the Samsung HW-S40T has a built-in subwoofer. Both models received our 6 rating of 10 for their audio features and specs.
Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Spotify support is available on the Command Bar.
Both models do not have WI-FI support. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Samsung HW-S40T has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/1 of the Polk Audio Command Bar. Only the Command Bar supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the HW-S40T received a rating of 6/10 versus 7/10, respectively. App control is available for the HW-S40T. A built-in microphone is present only on the Command Bar. Multi-room is only available for the Polk Audio Command Bar.
None of soundbars equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. For multichannel surround, each of the opponents received 5 points out of 10.