LG SL9YG vs Samsung HW-K850 review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5
LG SL9YG
vs
Samsung HW-K850

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – LG SL9YG vs Samsung HW-K850. The LG SL9YG was rated 7.4, 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, play/pause, microphone for the SL9YG 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 SL9YG has 4.1.2 and HW-K850 has 3.1.2. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 500 (overall) versus 350 (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 8 out of 10 received the LG SL9YG for audio features and specs, but the Samsung HW-K850 received 6 out of 10.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Google Play Music service is only in the SL9YG. Each of the competitors can play content from Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the LG SL9YG versus 2/1 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-K850. As in the SL9YG, so in the HW-K850 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. The connectivity of each of the models was estimated at 7/10. The manufacturer of the SL9YG provides a device control application. The LG SL9YG equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Manufacturers equipped both units with Dolby Atmos audio decoder. The SL9YG can work with surround sound due to DTS:X support. DTS Virtual:X technology not supported by any of the soundbars in this review. The SL9YG was rated 7/10, while the HW-K850 received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages LG SL9YG over Samsung HW-K850

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • App control
  • Microphone
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Advantages Samsung HW-K850 over LG SL9YG

  • Amazon Music compatible

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Common

Product

LG SL9YG
Samsung HW-K850

Model

SL9YG
HW-K850

Brand

LG
Samsung

Reviews

25
81

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

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

Audio features

Built-in channels

4.1.2
3.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

500 (overall)
350 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Tuneln, Deezer Chromecast
Napster, iHeart

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/1
2/1

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
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

Google Assistant

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

121 x 5.5 x 14.4/48 x 2.2 x 5.7
120.9 x 8.1 x 12.9 /47.6 x 3.2 x 5.1

Weight, kg/pounds

6.3/13.9
6.6/14.7
LG SL9YG
Samsung HW-K850
LG SL9YG
Samsung HW-K850

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.4
  • 5.6
  • 7.4LG SL9YG
  • 5.6Samsung HW-K850

The LG SL9YG is better soundbar in this comparison. Check LG SL9YG price