ZVOX SB380 vs Samsung HW-K850 review

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ZVOX SB380
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Samsung HW-K850

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – ZVOX SB380 vs Samsung HW-K850. The ZVOX SB380 was rated 4, while the Samsung HW-K850 has a rating 5.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, input for the SB380 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 SB380 has 3.1 and HW-K850 has 3.1.2. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 45 versus 350 (overall) according to devices. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the ZVOX SB380. Audio features and specs of considered models we rated 6 out of 10 in our ranking.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. The HW-K850 can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the HW-K850. 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 SB380 at 4 out of 10, while the HW-K850 was rated 7/10.

Features

None of these soundbars can be controlled using the app. 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. The SB380 was rated 2/10, while the HW-K850 received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages ZVOX SB380 over Samsung HW-K850

  • Built-in subwoofer

Advantages Samsung HW-K850 over ZVOX SB380

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos

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Common

Product

ZVOX SB380
Samsung HW-K850

Model

SB380
HW-K850

Brand

ZVOX
Samsung

Reviews

431
81

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, volume down, volume up, input
power, volume down, volume up, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.1
3.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

45
350 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
0

Separate subwoofer connections

has not
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Napster, iHeart

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
2/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

2/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
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

88.9 x 12.7 x 7.6/35.5 x 5.7 x 3.3
120.9 x 8.1 x 12.9 /47.6 x 3.2 x 5.1

Weight, kg/pounds

4/9.8
6.6/14.7
ZVOX SB380
Samsung HW-K850
ZVOX SB380
Samsung HW-K850

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4
  • 5.6
  • 4ZVOX SB380
  • 5.6Samsung HW-K850

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