Bose Solo 5 vs Samsung HW-T550 review

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Bose Solo 5 vs Samsung HW-T550 comparison chart

Bose Solo 5 vs Samsung HW-T550 review

Bose Solo 5
vs
Samsung HW-T550

I had a chance to test and compare two models: Bose Solo 5 vs Samsung HW-T550 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Bose Solo 5 was rated 4, while the Samsung HW-T550 has a rating 4.5.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that Solo 5 has 2.0 and HW-T550 has 2.1. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. Rate 5 out of 10 received the Bose Solo 5 for audio features and specs, but the Samsung HW-T550 received 6 out of 10.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. The units in this comparison do not support Spotify.

Connectivity

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 HW-T550. We rated the connectivity of the Solo 5 at 3 out of 10, while the HW-T550 was rated 6/10.

Features

The manufacturer of the Solo 5 provides a device control application. 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 support is not implemented in either the Solo 5 or HW-T550. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The Solo 5 was rated 4/10, while the HW-T550 received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Bose Solo 5 over Samsung HW-T550

  • App control

Advantages Samsung HW-T550 over Bose Solo 5

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
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Common

Product

Bose Solo 5
Samsung HW-T550

Model

Solo 5
HW-T550

Brand

Bose
Samsung

Reviews

11723
2901

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

has not
volume down, volume up, power, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.0
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

320 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

has not
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
1/1

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

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

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
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
83.8 x 5 x 7.6/33.9 x 2.2 x 3.3

Weight, kg/pounds

1.7/3.7
1.8/4.6

Other

Release year

2016
2020
Bose Solo 5
Samsung HW-T550
Bose Solo 5
Samsung HW-T550

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4
  • 4.5
  • 4Bose Solo 5
  • 4.5Samsung HW-T550

The Samsung HW-T550 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-T550 price

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