l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – LG SL5Y vs Samsung HW-R450. The LG SL5Y was rated 5, while the Samsung HW-R450 has a rating 4. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, function for the SL5Y and volume down, volume up, power, source for the HW-R450.
Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. By the number of channels, the devices do not differ. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 400 (overall) versus 200 (overall) according to devices. 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 LG SL5Y for audio features and specs, but the Samsung HW-R450 received 6 out of 10.
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. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the SL5Y. Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the SL5Y at 7 out of 10, while the HW-R450 was rated 5/10.
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 SL5Y or HW-R450. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The SL5Y was rated 6/10, while the HW-R450 received a mark of 4/10 for multichannel surround.