Sonos Playbar vs Samsung HW-K850 review

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Rating 5 5
Sonos Playbar
vs
Samsung HW-K850

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Sonos Playbar vs Samsung HW-K850. The Sonos Playbar was rated 4.5, while the Samsung HW-K850 has a rating 5.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, play/pause, volume up, volume down for the Playbar and power, volume down, volume up, source for the HW-K850.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that Playbar has 3.0 and HW-K850 has 3.1.2. 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 7 out of 10 received the Sonos Playbar for audio features and specs, but the Samsung HW-K850 received 6 out of 10. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Bluetooth support integrated in the HW-K850. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the HW-K850. We rated the connectivity of the Playbar at 3 out of 10, while the HW-K850 was rated 7/10.

Features

The manufacturer of the Playbar provides a device control application. Soundbars in this review are not equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the HW-K850. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. DTS Virtual:X technology not supported by any of the soundbars in this review.

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Common

Product

Sonos Playbar
Samsung HW-K850

Model

Playbar
HW-K850

Brand

Sonos
Samsung

Reviews

1323
71

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

play/pause, volume up, volume down
power, volume down, volume up, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
3.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

350 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, SoundCloud
Napster, iHeart

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

2
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
2/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

0/0
1/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

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

90 x 14 x 8.5/35.4 x 5.5 x 3.3
120.9 x 8.1 x 12.9 /47.6 x 3.2 x 5.1

Weight, kg/pounds

5.4/11.9
6.6/14.7
Sonos Playbar
Samsung HW-K850
Sonos Playbar
Samsung HW-K850

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4.5
  • 5.6
  • 4.5Sonos Playbar
  • 5.6Samsung HW-K850

The Samsung HW-K850 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-K850 price