Bose Soundbar 500 vs Samsung HW-T550 review

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Rating 5 5

Bose Soundbar 500 vs Samsung HW-T550 comparison chart

Overall
Bose Soundbar 500
7.4
Samsung HW-T550
4.5
8
4

Bose Soundbar 500 vs Samsung HW-T550 review

Bose Soundbar 500
vs
Samsung HW-T550

I had a chance to test and compare two models: Bose Soundbar 500 vs Samsung HW-T550 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Bose Soundbar 500 was rated 7.4, while the Samsung HW-T550 has a rating 4.5. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, microphone for the Soundbar 500 and volume down, volume up, power, source for the HW-T550.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that Soundbar 500 has 3.0 and HW-T550 has 2.1. 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. Audio features and specs of considered models we rated 6 out of 10 in our ranking. The Soundbar 500 can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the Soundbar 500. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Bose Soundbar 500 versus 1/1 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-T550. As in the Soundbar 500, so in the HW-T550 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the Soundbar 500 at 8 out of 10, while the HW-T550 was rated 6/10. The manufacturer of the Soundbar 500 provides a device control application. The Bose Soundbar 500 equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the Soundbar 500. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The Soundbar 500 was rated 4/10, while the HW-T550 received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Bose Soundbar 500 over Samsung HW-T550

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • App control
  • Microphone
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos

Advantages Samsung HW-T550 over Bose Soundbar 500

  • Separate subwoofer in package
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Common

Product

Bose Soundbar 500
Samsung HW-T550

Model

Soundbar 500
HW-T550

Brand

Bose
Samsung

Reviews

365
2901

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

microphone
volume down, volume up, power, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

320 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora,Tuneln, Deezer, iHeart, SiriusXM
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
1/1

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

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
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

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

80 x 4.3 x 10.1/31.5 x 1.7 x 4
83.8 x 5 x 7.6/33.9 x 2.2 x 3.3

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/7
1.8/4.6

Other

Release year

2018
2020
Bose Soundbar 500
Samsung HW-T550
Bose Soundbar 500
Samsung HW-T550

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.4
  • 4.5
  • 7.4Bose Soundbar 500
  • 4.5Samsung HW-T550

The Bose Soundbar 500 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Bose Soundbar 500 price

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