I had a chance to test and compare two models: ZVOX SB380 vs Samsung HW-T550 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The ZVOX SB380 was rated 4, while the Samsung HW-T550 has a rating 4.5. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, input for the SB380 and volume down, volume up, power, source for the HW-T550.
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-T550 has 2.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 45 versus 320 (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.
Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. The units in this comparison do not support Spotify.
Both models do not have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Bluetooth support integrated in the HW-T550. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the HW-T550. We rated the connectivity of the SB380 at 4 out of 10, while the HW-T550 was rated 6/10.
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.
Dolby Atmos audio decoder support is not implemented in either the SB380 or HW-T550. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The SB380 was rated 4/10, while the HW-T550 received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.