Sonos Playbar vs Samsung HW-N950 review

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Rating 5 5
Sonos Playbar
vs
Samsung HW-N950

An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so Sonos Playbar vs Samsung HW-N950 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, Playbar has a total rating of 4.5 out of 10 versus 8.2 for HW-N950. The competitors' control buttons are different: play/pause, volume up, volume down and power, input, 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 Sonos Playbar has 3.0 versus 7.1.4 for the Samsung HW-N950. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. The Sonos Playbar got our rating of 7 out of 10, and the Samsung HW-N950 8 for its audio features and specs.

Streaming services

The Sonos Playbar has support AirPlay 2, and its competitor in our comparison has AirPlay. Only the HW-N950 supports 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. Only the HW-N950 has Bluetooth support. Only the HW-N950 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the Playbar received a rating of 3/10 versus 7/10, respectively. App control is available in every soundbar. A built-in microphone is present only on the HW-N950. Multi-room is only available for the Samsung HW-N950.

Multichannel surround

Only the HW-N950 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HW-N950. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support.

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Common

Product

Sonos Playbar
Samsung HW-N950

Model

Playbar
HW-N950

Brand

Sonos
Samsung

Reviews

1323
86

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, input, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
7.1.4

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

512 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
2

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2
AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, SoundCloud
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

2
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
2/0

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
0/0

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 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
122.4 x 8.1 x 13.4/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.3

Weight, kg/pounds

5.4/11.9
8.8/19.4
Sonos Playbar
Samsung HW-N950
Sonos Playbar
Samsung HW-N950

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4.5
  • 8.2
  • 4.5Sonos Playbar
  • 8.2Samsung HW-N950

The Samsung HW-N950 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-N950 price