Bose Solo 5 vs Samsung HW-N850 review

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Rating 5 5
Bose Solo 5
vs
Samsung HW-N850

It makes sense comparing Bose Solo 5 vs Samsung HW-N850 because they both are able to give some premium features. Based on our rating, Solo 5 has a total rating of 4 out of 10 versus 7.2 for HW-N850.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Bose Solo 5 has 2.0 versus 5.1.2 for the Samsung HW-N850. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. The Bose Solo 5 got our rating of 5 out of 10, and the Samsung HW-N850 7 for its audio features and specs. Only the HW-N850 supports Google Play Music. Spotify support is available on the HW-N850.

Connectivity

Only the Samsung HW-N850 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Only the HW-N850 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). For connectivity, the Solo 5 received a rating of 3/10 versus 7/10, respectively. App control is available in every soundbar. None of the models under consideration have a built-in microphone. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.

Multichannel surround

Only the HW-N850 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the HW-N850. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support.

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Common

Product

Bose Solo 5
Samsung HW-N850

Model

Solo 5
HW-N850

Brand

Bose
Samsung

Reviews

4179
29

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

has not
power, input, volume down, volume up

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.0
5.1.2

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

372 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

has not
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
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

1/0
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

21.6 x 2.8 x 3.4/54.9 x7 x 8.6
121.9 x 7.6 x 12.7/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.4

Weight, kg/pounds

1.7/3.7
8.1/18.7
Bose Solo 5
Samsung HW-N850
Bose Solo 5
Samsung HW-N850

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4
  • 7.2
  • 4Bose Solo 5
  • 7.2Samsung HW-N850

The Samsung HW-N850 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-N850 price