I had a chance to test and compare two models: Bose Soundbar 700 vs Samsung HW-T550 and this review should help people who are looking for a good soundbar. The Bose Soundbar 700 was rated 6.6, while the Samsung HW-T550 has a rating 4.5. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, action, microphone for the Soundbar 700 and volume down, volume up, power, source for the HW-T550.
Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that Soundbar 700 has 3.0 and HW-T550 has 2.1. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer connects to the Soundbar 700 via wired and wireless, but HW-T550 has wireless connection type. Audio features and specs of considered models we rated 6 out of 10 in our ranking. The Soundbar 700 can play audio from Spotify.
Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the Soundbar 700. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Bose Soundbar 700 versus 1/1 HDMIs in the Samsung HW-T550. As in the Soundbar 700, so in the HW-T550 there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). The connectivity of each of the models was estimated at 6/10. The manufacturer of the Soundbar 700 provides a device control application. The Bose Soundbar 700 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 Soundbar 700 or HW-T550. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The Soundbar 700 was rated 4/10, while the HW-T550 received a mark of 5/10 for multichannel surround.